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Posted on: July 11, 2011 4:24 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Rob Bolden has totally changed

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Robert Bolden's first year at Penn State was quite the roller coaster. He came to Happy Valley as a freshman and surprised everyone by becoming the first true freshman to ever start the season at quarterback under Joe Paterno.

Then, after getting off to a bit of a rough start, Bolden suffered a concussion before losing his starting job to Matt McGloin. Bolden spent the rest of the season on the sideline before seeking a transfer in January after Penn State's loss to Florida in the Outback Bowl.

A transfer that was denied by Joe Paterno, a denial that wasn't taken all that kindly by the Bolden family. No worries, though, five months later with a new season on the horizon, things have changed. Not only is Bolden ready for another season at Penn State, but he says he's a different person now.

"I'm totally different," Bolden told the York Daily Record. "I felt like I was good coming out of high school and right now I feel like I have an opportunity. I'm watching film and getting better with those things. I feel like I've gotten a lot smarter. I feel like my arm's a lot stronger. I'm a completely different guy from last year."

Which is good news for Penn State.

The fact of the matter is, past troubles aside, this is still a kid who started as a freshman. When you consider all the quarterbacks that have come through Happy Valley under Paterno who haven't done that, you have to figure Bolden looked mighty impressive last summer.

There's a reason Paterno didn't want him to leave.

There's also the fact that while Matt McGloin wasn't a horrible quarterback for Penn State in 2010, he's not exactly a stud either. Even with Kevin "I'm not a terrible rapper" Newsome and Paul Jones on the roster, odds are that Bolden is still the best option that the Nittany Lions have in 2011. In a Big Ten Conference that looks to be as wide open as ever in 2011, thanks to the recent troubles at Ohio State, both Bolden and Paterno may be really happy he decided to stay come next January.
 

Posted on: May 27, 2011 1:00 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 9:56 am
 

CBSSports.com CFB 100, No. 79: Joe Paterno

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Business as usual, business as usual. That approach, that adherence to process is what anybody needs to persevere in a competitive field for 45 years--the amount of time Joe Paterno has spent at the helm of Penn State. Now, the concept of "usual" is pretty loose in college football on a year-to-year basis, but at the end of the day, it's pretty much the same: recruit at a high level, get your defense playing hard, and make sure your playmakers are on the field on offense. Sure, that's overly simplified, but it's a formula Paterno has followed en route to 401 wins at the helm of the Nittany Lions.

But what happens when that formula is no longer applicable? What happens when Paterno can't lean on a veteran QB, a considerable talent differential, or even a psychological edge on his opponents? What if this is the year it all comes tumbling down?

People have been speculating on what year would be Paterno's last since he turned 70. That was 15 years ago. Paterno has always laughed off the speculation and has never set a date of departure, and that's been fine because far more often than not, his teams have backed him up. Even after a rough five-year stretch at the start of last decade, the Nittany Lions returned to form and went 11-1, their only loss coming at the last second at Michigan. Three years later, PSU went 11-1 in the regular season, and again, their only loss came at the last second--this time at Iowa. There have been a slew of nine-win seasons as well. Business as usual.

But this offseason, things looked to be on the precipice of unraveling. Paterno wouldn't let quarterbacks Rob Bolden or Kevin Newsome transfer, much to their chagrin. Both men are now entrenched in a quarterback battle with putative starter Matt McGloin, a former walk-on who struggled with consistency last season. That battle ought to continue as close to the beginning of the season as possible, which hardly does any favors to a quarterback who'll probably want to transfer if he's not given the starting job. That's JoePa's M.O., though. Business as usual.

The offseason was also marked by the potential for serious turmoil. Longtime Paterno assistant Tom Bradley was thisclose to accepting the Pittsburgh head coaching spot, only to have the deal break down over details. If he had taken the spot, there's no telling how many PSU assistants he'd have been able to bring with him. Probably more than one. It's one thing to keep Joe Paterno around as long as he wants. It'd be quite another to keep him around andtask him with rebuilding a coaching staff that he has increasingly come to rely on now that he's in his 80s. The Penn State brass has always been patient with JoePa, and that's a good thing, but that patience is largely due to his ability to maintain stability and high standards of performance. Take those away, and he's just a very old coach in charge of a program in flux, and that's far less appetizing to any athletic director.

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That performance, though, may be on the wane once again. Penn State barely eked out a winning record last season, going 7-6 and losing its bowl appearance against a similarly underachieving Florida squad. The quarterback situation is uninspiring. So is the defense, which allowed more points than it has in 27 years and returns no first-team or second-team All-Big Ten performers (to be fair, DBs Drew Astorino and D'Anton Lynn were honorable mention, as was DT Devon Still; they're all back). Linebacker U's linebackers anchored a rush defense that was 74th nationally against the run -- and two of the top four tacklers in that unit have graduated. Nate Stupar is back, and while he's good, he's not Linebacker U good yet. Michael Mauti might be . PSU had better hope he is.

The recruiting suffered this year, too. The normally dynamic Larry Johnson Sr. didn't have a lot of roster spots to fill, but the recruits he did get weren't terribly impressive. DE signee Anthony Zettel was No. 82 in Tom Lemming's Top 100 list, but that was basically it for incoming future stars. If Johnson can't get top talent to get excited about Penn State anymore, that levels the playing field against the rest of college football -- and widens the growing gap between Penn State and the powerhouses.

All that, and JoePa got one year older. He can't coach forever, and whenever the time is that he physically can't coach anymore might be, he's one year closer to it now than he was a year ago. Time may seem immaterial to him, but make no mistake: his career is in its twilight.

Yes, yes, this is all old hat to Paterno and Penn State now: the growing doubts in the spring, the concerns over his age, the notion of the program being on the precipice of collapse. They've dealt with this for decades, and they've usually dealt with it by going out and whipping their opponents up and down the field anyway. But what if they don't in 2011? What if this is the last chapter in the JoePa Saga? And if that's not a hard enough problem to consider... what comes after that?

Posted on: May 4, 2011 3:26 pm
 

Jay Paterno has 'an idea' who PSU's QB is

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Penn State Nittany Lions went in to the spring with a competition at quarterback between four players, though it seems at times that the battle is more of a two horse race. The general consensus is that Matt McGloin and Robert Bolden are the most likely to earn the job seeing as how both players started games for Penn State last season. Jay Paterno says that there's been improvement amongst all four quarterbacks this spring, and that if the Nittany Lions were to play a game right now, he has an idea about which one would get the start.

"We had an idea of who would start if there was a game this month," Paterno told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "But don`t ask me who it is, because I`m not going to tell you."

Who is going to be the starting quarterback, Jay Paterno? I DEMAND you tell me!

Okay, since you won't, I'm just going to have to recklessly speculate about the matter. As we all know, last season Rob Bolden began the year as Penn State's starter. After suffering a concussion, Bolden was replaced by McGloin, and McGloin never gave him the job back. Which then led to Bolden requesting a transfer after the season was over and Joe Paterno saying "nuh uh." Since then Penn State has been forced to placate to Bolden a bit, because having a quarterback on your roster that doesn't want to be there generally isn't good for your team.

So, surely, if it were Bolden whom Jay Paterno had in mind as the starter this fall, he'd come out and say that Bolden was out in front, right? Let's see if we can read between the lines of Paterno's praise for Bolden.

Since [Bolden's transfer request and denial], Jay Paterno said he has spoken to Bolden on multiple occasions.

"He feels comfortable with us and comfortable with where he is at. They were very, very good discussions for the most part," Paterno said, refusing to reveal details. "We`ll see."

Paterno added that Bolden "is a different guy right now in terms of his command of the offense, coming out of the huddle, leadership."

He said Bolden also is speaking up more than he did a year ago. One day this spring, Bolden caught three consecutive bad shotgun snaps.

After the third one, Paterno said Bolden took the football and "kind of flicked it at the center and said, `You better cut that out.`

"That wouldn`t have happened last fall."

Okay, so you have a chance to say how well Bolden has been playing, and the thing you choose to talk about is how he threw a football at his center and said "cut that out?" Yeah, Matt McGloin is going to be the starter, you guys.

Posted on: April 16, 2011 3:56 pm
Edited on: April 16, 2011 7:55 pm
 

JoePa won't name starting QB till fall

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

With Rob Bolden having asked for a release from his scholarship and his mother refusing this week to rule out a second such request before the 2011 season, you might have expected the Nittany Lions to either name Bolden their starter (and likely guarantee his presence in State College this fall) or name rival Matt McGloin the man and put the QB controversy behind them.

But Joe Paterno and his staff have never cared much for what other people might expect, which is why Paterno on Saturday said no decision would be made on the starting quarterback position until later this year.

As for what that might mean for Bolden, Paterno said he expects him to stay. But even he's not saying for certain, as the Patriot-News reports:
When asked if he would name a starting quarterback after practices and the spring game, Paterno said, “No need to. No sense in doing it.

“…I would say I’m 99 percent sure it’s going to be one of the two kids (Bolden and McGloin).”

Paterno reiterated his belief that Bolden will stay and says the sophomore has looked happy in practice. Paterno plans to meet with Bolden next week about a final decision.
Paterno didn't mince words about the other quarterbacks in the competition, saying redshirt freshman Paul Jones " has to work his way into" McGloin and Bolden's comfort level and former heir apparent Kevin Newsome is sometimes "the last guy to the practice field."

But it's not news that the decision is down to McGloin and Bolden. It's the next headline -- either that Bolden has chosen to move on, or that he's chosen to stay, or who exactly is the starter -- that will be the one that might define the Nittany Lions' season.

And oh, about that spring game: McGloin threw the only touchdown pass in a weather-marred 10-0 "win" for Blue over White. The game was called just a couple of minutes into the second half due to rain.

Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:43 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Kevin Newsome: PSU QB by day, rap star by night

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Penn State has a tough task in front of it this spring, deciding a first-string quarterback between 2010 part-time starters Matt McGloin and Rob Bolden, with sophomore Kevin Newsome firmly in the mix as well. There's been little indication as to who will win the job on a permanent basis, and for all we know, the question won't be decided until the summer months.

If, however, the quarterback race is so tight that it comes down to a rap battle -- look, stick with me here, it's just an "if" -- then it appears Newsome might have the upper hand. Oh, it probably won't come down to that, because I can't even imagine what Joe Paterno thinks about rap music, but hypothetically speaking, Newsome is prepared here.

PSU fan site Bro Paterno posted a couple songs of Newsome's (or, as he prefers to call himself on the mic, "NewNew"*) yesterday.


This one, "I'm Cool," has an isolated instance of race-based profanity (you can probably figure it out), so by rule the audio is NSFW, but by and large the language is better than with most rap songs. And we've got to say, it's not that bad. It's not that good, either, but at the very least the beat is decent and it's not horrible toward women. So, y'know, there's that.

There's one other song on the link above: "Set You Apart," which is more "inspirational," if we had to put a word to it. Another fitting word would be "slow." As for this one, it's obvious Newsome's heart was in the right place, and the world could use more positivity in general, but the song's not very good. I know, it's shocking that a 20-year-old athlete isn't a dynamite music producer yet, but still: this left me wanting.

All in all, he's at least got a fine ear for music, and we've definitely heard worse from athletes over the years. Remember Kobe Bryant's rap career? With that one song where he was all "let's put Tyra Banks in this too"? Stunning that his rap career never got off the ground. So keep trying, NewNew -- you'll be better than Kobe in no time! You pretty much already are!

*Am I the only one who hears "New-New" and thinks of making guitar solo noises? Just me?

Posted on: January 8, 2011 11:52 am
 

Robert Bolden staying at PSU

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's been quite the crazy week for Penn State quarterback Robert Bolden.  First he made the announcement that he planned on transferring from Penn State following a freshman season that hadn't gone nearly as well as he'd hoped.  The problem was that Joe Paterno wouldn't release him from his scholarship since Penn State was already losing quarterback Kevin Newsome to a transfer.  Obviously, this didn't make Robert Bolden very happy.  He wanted to leave, and he wasn't being allowed to.

Well, now he's staying.

According to his high school quarterbacks coach Don Buchanan, Bolden told him he's starting class next week and he will be remaining at Penn State to compete for the starting job.

“He’ll be back at Penn State Sunday and in school Monday,” Buchanan told The Daily Collegian. “He expects to compete for the starting quarterback job and will go through spring practices and everything.”

“I said, ‘That’s great,’ and I told him to keep your faith, keep your guidance and make sure that whatever he does, he goes at it at full speed.”

It seems maybe Paterno knew what he was doing, and that Bolden may have just been frustrated after not getting a chance to play in the Outback Bowl even though Matt McGloin threw five interceptions.  Now he'll be returning to State College to compete with McGloin and Paul Jones for the starting job.  Considering McGloin's limitations, and the fact he has a lot more game experience than Jones, you have to like his chances.
Posted on: January 4, 2011 10:40 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2011 5:03 am
 

PSU QB Rob Bolden speaks: 'I'm pretty upset'

Posted by Adam Jacobi

As reported earlier, Penn State head coach Joe Paterno is currently not honoring the scholarship release request of freshman quarterback Rob Bolden. Paterno already lost quarterback Kevin Newsome to transfer earlier this season, and he couldn't have enjoyed seeing putative 2011 starter (and former walk-on) Matt McGloin struggle against Florida in the Outback Bowl last weekend.

Nonetheless, "I won't have enough quarterbacks if you leave" isn't going to placate a kid who wants to transfer, and Bolden and his family have been unusually open to the press while they've dealt with the matter. To that end, the Altoona Mirror spoke to Bolden on the phone tonight, and here's an excerpt from the interview:

Q: How disappointed are you that Joe denied the scholarship release?:

A: I'm pretty upset. I didn't understand why he would want me to stay if I didn't want to be there. I was looking to get out and get a release, but he thinks otherwise.

Q: What is your plan now? Are you coming back to PSU for school?:

A: I'm not sure yet. If I can figure out a way to get out of there with the release or whatever before Monday, then I'll do that. But if not, then we'll see what happens.

Q: If Joe does not release you, do you plan to come back?:

A: We'll see what happens. I'm not sure yet.

Bolden also mentions that "pretty much all" of his teammates have voiced their sympathy and support to him, so assuming that's true, JoePa's not doing much to get his locker room on his side. That's never a recipe for success, so Paterno needs to think carefully about how he's handling this situation.

 


Posted on: January 4, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Paterno denies Bolden's transfer request

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Following Penn State's loss to Florida in the Outback Bowl on Saturday, news broke out that Robert Bolden had informed the school that he wanted to transfer.  Which meant that Penn State was going to lose the two quarterbacks who began 2010 atop the team's depth chart.  Well, it seems that after seeing Matt McGloin's five-interception performance against Florida, Joe Paterno isn't all that comfortable with the idea of coming back for another season without Bolden as an option.

According to Bolden's parents, their and his father met with Joe and Jay Paterno on Tuesday to discuss his request to transfer, and Joe Paterno refused to grant Bolden's release from his scholarship.  Which Robert Bolden Sr. wasn't a big fan of, saying that he doesn't agree with the decision, and neither does his son.

Robert's mother, however, is somewhat pleased with the news.

"I didn't want Rob to leave," Tonia Williams told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I think he should stay there. I just told him that I thought he was making the wrong decision. I really felt that he moved just a little bit too quick and too fast.

"I don't know what's going to happen now. He tried to get them to sign his release papers and they didn't do it. I don't know if that is going to make the situation worse or not, or if Rob will end up at another school."

Now, just because Bolden's release was denied now, doesn't mean it won't be approved in the future.  It could just be that Paterno would like his quarterback to take some more time before making his decision.  After all, you have to figure that if Bolden really does want out of Penn State, then there isn't much of a point in keeping him around.
 
 
 
 
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