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Posted on: January 2, 2012 6:56 am
 

Keys to the Game: TicketCity Bowl

Posted by Adam Jacobi

PENN STATE WILL WIN IF: Rob Bolden is a different quarterback when he's not looking over his shoulder. Rob Bolden was a highly touted quarterback recruit for Penn State, and when he became the first true freshman to start at quarterback for Penn State in the 2010 season, the primary reaction was one of excitement and not, say, the revulsion that Penn State fans have felt whenever Bolden has come into a game this season as part of the QB rotation. Bolden has completed under half of his 107 passes and has only one touchdown to his name on the year, so we're talking about a level of (non-) production that few quarterbacks who have attempted over 100 passes in a season can match. And now, Bolden is the unquestioned starter, as starting QB Matt McGloin has been ruled out as he continues to recover from the concussion he suffered when WR Curtis Drake knocked him out in a December fight. Perhaps Bolden just needs to get into a groove and not stand on the sidelines for 2/3 of a game. Perhaps he's got a big game dialed up. Perhaps. 

HOUSTON WILL WIN IF: Case Keenum can stay upright for 90% of his pass plays. Case Keenum, the NCAA's leading passer in all of history, is obviously very good at throwing the football, and he's got a host of talented wideouts. What he's also got in the TicketCity Bowl is an opposing defense that ranked fifth nationally (and first in a stingy Big Ten) in pass efficiency defense, and that fact stems from Penn State having both an outstanding secondary and a top-notch defensive line. Houston's offensive line needs to keep the Nittany Lion pass rush as far away from Keenum as possible, because a pass offense as predicated on timing as Houston's is can ill afford to have its QB flushed from the pocket or taking sacks. The cleaner Keenum's jersey stays, the better a chance Houston has of winning this thing.

X-FACTOR: Both teams are working with an interim head coach right now; Penn State has been using defensive coordinator Tom Bradley ever since Joe Paterno was fired mid-season, and Houston's special teams coordinator Tony Levine has been heading the Cougars since Kevin Sumlin was hired by Texas A&M. Penn State's approach has been largely similar to Joe Paterno's tendencies, though the quarterback rotation was quickly scrapped, and it'll be interesting to see if there's any substantial difference between a Kevin Sumlin offense and a Tony Levine offense. Regardless, both Bradley and Levine are basically auditioning as head coaches, as both men are potential candidates for the job, and there should be no shortage of motivation for either of them to put together a winning gameplan. 
Posted on: January 1, 2012 6:28 pm
 

Matt McGloin will not play in TicketCity Bowl

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Earlier this week, Penn State announced that Curtis Drake, the sophomore wide receiver who sent QB Matt McGloin to the hospital with head injuries after a fight, would not join the team for the TicketCity Bowl. Now, McGloin will miss the game as well.

According to PennLive.com, Penn State head coach Tom Bradley said on Sunday that McGloin would be out for the TicketCity Bowl against Houston, and that means Rob Bolden will be under center for the Nittany Lions instead. Bolden and McGloin had been in a QB platoon for most of the season, and it was only after Joe Paterno was fired that McGloin was named the full-time starter.

McGloin was knocked out in the fight, and according to his father, he suffered a seizure and a probable concussion as an aftermath of the fight. He has been with the team in Dallas, but not practicing; McGloin was meeting with area physicians last week.

Neither McGloin nor Bolden have been particularly productive for the Nittany Lions, but McGloin eventually established himself as the more effective of the two QBs. McGloin went 125-231 for 1571 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions on the year for an underwhelming 118.3 QB rating, but that production vastly outpaced Bolden's effort: 46-109, 548 yards, one touchdown, four picks, and an 80.1 QB rating. Bolden was a highly-rated QB recruit and the first true freshman to ever start a game at quarterback for Joe Paterno, while McGloin was a former walk-on, but it's become readily apparent that McGloin has been the better quarterback over the last two seasons. 

For all the latest on Penn State's coaching search and preparation for the TicketCity Bowl against Houston on Jan. 2, follow Nittany Lions Rapid Reports.

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Posted on: January 1, 2012 12:25 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2012 12:26 pm
 

Report: Penn State closing in on Patriots OC

Posted by Chip Patterson

The search to replace Joe Paterno at Penn State is reportedly nearing the end, according to a USA Today source.

Jonny Saraceno reported Sunday that a person with knowledge of the Penn State coaching search say New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien is set to be the next head football coach of the Nittany Lions. ESPN's Adam Schefter also is reporting O'Brien as the leading candidate, after just one year serving in his current post with the Patriots.

The Patriots close out the regular season Sunday at home against division rival Buffalo. Saraceno reports that "only contract details need to be finalized before O'Brien is the man."

O'Brien has been an assistant on the New England staff since 2007, after stops at Brown (his alma mater), Georgia Tech, Maryland, and Duke. In addition to being the offensive coordinator this season, the 42-year old Massachusetts native has been quarterbacks coach for Tom Brady since 2009.

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak, a former Penn State offensive lineman, was reportedly the top choice to replace Joe Paterno but just this week officially stated his lack of interest in the position at this time.

For all the latest on Penn State's coaching search and preparation for the TicketCity Bowl against Houston on Jan. 2, follow Nittany Lions Rapid Reports.

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Posted on: December 31, 2011 11:09 am
 

Teen accuses Sandusky of 2004 on-campus assault

Posted by Chip Patterson

Additional allegations of sexual assault have been made against former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The most recent reported incidents occurring inside the Penn State football offices in 2004 - two years after Sandusky was banned from bringing children into the building.

FoxNews.com spoke the attorney of the now-19-year old accuser, who was a 12-year old summer camper in a program run by Second Mile - Sandusky's charity aid underprivileged youth - at the time of the incident. The accuser has reportedly filed a civil suit against Sandusky, Second Mile, and Penn State.
The teen’s lawyer, Charles Schmidt, told FoxNews.com in an interview on Thursday that Sandusky lured the boy into an office seven years ago, plied him with alcohol and raped him. He said Sandusky then gave the boy Penn State football championship memorabilia, walked him outside and handed him off to a Second Mile counselor.

Schmidt said Sandusky gave the boy a football championship commemorative bottle and a hockey puck, and that both items have recently been turned over to police.

The office where the alleged rape occurred is thought to have been Sandusky’s office in Penn State’s Lasch football building, Schmidt said. He said he thought that Second Mile’s programs were run out of that building.
FoxNews.com reports that the Attorney General's office is investigating the allegations, though there was no official comment from the spokesperson. That statute of limitations for criminal charges in cases like this is 12 years after the accuser's 18th birthday.

Former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley told a grand jury that he banned Sandusky from bringing Second Mile children into the football building in 2002, after Mike McQueary said he saw the former defensive coordinator raping a boy in the showers. Joe Amendola, Sandusky's attorney, claims his client was not banned from using Penn State facilities until November 2011 - after the criminal charges were filed.

While more continues to unravel regarding this sad case in State College, interim head coach Tom Bradley is preparing his team for the TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 2. The Nittany Lions are also searching for a full-time replacement for Joe Paterno.

For on-field Penn State news, get the latest updates at the TicketCity Bowl Pregame 

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Posted on: December 30, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2011 4:33 pm
 

Virginia announces contract extension for London

Posted by Chip Patterson

In just his second year, Virginia head coach Mike London led the Cavaliers to an 8-4 finish and a trip to the Chick fil-A Bowl. London was rewarded by the conference when he was named 2011 ACC Coach of the Year, and on Friday he received a reward from his employer.

The school announced a two-year extension to London's contract, which now runs through 2016. His annual compensation was also increased to $2.1 million, and additional compensation will be provided for assistant coaches on the Virginia staff.

"Mike London and his staff are a great fit for the University of Virginia," said Virginia athletics director Craig Littlepage in the official release. "Commitment and continuity on the staff are major components of building a program. We want to keep the program's momentum moving and this extension will help achieve that."

London rallied the Cavaliers after a rocky start to the season, rolling off four straight wins before falling to Virginia Tech in the season finale. There were not many flashy names or breakout individuals, but instead a tough, bruising bunch that simply fought harder than the opponent at times this season. Virginia came within one game of an ACC Coastal title, and the bowl bid to face Auburn in Atlanta is the Cavaliers' first since 2007.

"I'm very grateful, humbled and appreciative of this gesture by the University," London said. "I am truly blessed to be working at one of the nation's finest universities with an administration that is supportive of the type of football program we all want to have that reflects the University's values and mission.

"More than anything, this says that everyone involved with the Virginia football program has done an outstanding job. From the assistant coaches, the support staff and most importantly our student-athletes. They all believed from day one that we can accomplish great things here and I think this is just the start of a very bright future for Virginia football."

While London vehemently denied the reports, his name was frequently linked to high-profile coaching jobs - including Penn State - over the last several weeks. Virginia has been working with London on this contract extension, and Friday's announcement seems to confirm what many believe: that Mike London has no plans of leaving Charlottesville.

Keep up with all the latest on Virginia until kickoff at the Chick fil-A Bowl Pregame

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Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:54 am
Edited on: December 28, 2011 11:30 am
 

Report: Mike Munchak is Penn State's top choice

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The only head coaching job in the country that hasn't been filled yet is the one at Penn State. Understandably, given the reasons behind the firing of Joe Paterno at the school, Penn State is taking its time finding a replacement. Though according to some reports, the search may be coming to an end soon.

And it's looking more and more like the school's top choice will be former Penn State player and current Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak.

The Patriot News reported on Tuesday that many high-level donors to the school were already talking about Munchak as if it were a "done deal" though that doesn't necessarily mean it is. For his part Munchak has denied any interest in the Penn State job when asked about it, saying "nothing is going on, people like to speculate."

Which hasn't done much to stop the speculation, as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also reported on Tuesday that Munchak is the top choice of Penn State's search committee ahead of Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements.

Whatever the case is, nobody will know for sure until after Penn State's bowl game, as Tom Bradley recently said in an interview that the school wouldn't name a new head coach until after it played Houston in the TicketCity Bowl on January 2nd. Coincidentally, that's a day after the NFL regular season will come to an end and Munchak will know whether or not his Titans have made the playoffs.

UPDATE: It seems Penn State may need to move on to its second choice as Munchak told Titans beat reporter Jim Wyatt on Wednesday "I love my alma mater, but I have no interest in being the head coach at Penn State. I never want to leave Tennessee." That's pretty much as "thanks, but no thanks" as it can get.
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:45 pm
 

Curtis Drake doesn't join Penn State on bowl trip

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Curtis Drake, the Penn State wide receiver who punched out starting quarterback Matt McGloin on December 14, will not join Penn State for its TicketCity Bowl game against Houston. Penn State interim head coach Tom Bradley told reporters on Tuesday that Drake, a sophomore, was staying home for "personal reasons."

Drake will not be charged for his role in the fight between him and McGloin, though a police report was filed after the incident. McGloin reportedly suffered a seizure and a concussion after being hit in the head during the scuffle, and he was hospitalized briefly after the fight. McGloin, who later took reponsibility for the fight, is with the team in Dallas, but he has not practiced since the fight and was evaluated by physicians on Tuesday. The TicketCity Bowl will be held January 2.

The other Penn State players who are missing the TicketCity Bowl are sophomore WR Shawney Kersey, who is also missing the game for "personal reasons," and two academic casualties: redshirt freshman QB Paul Jones, who has been academically ineligible all year, and junior cornerback Derrick Thomas, who collected four tackles in eight games of backup play this season.

Drake had five catches for 102 yards and one touchdown this season, while Kersey had five catches for 108 yards.

For more on this upcoming matchup, check out the TicketCity Bowl Pregame.

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Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:55 pm
 

PODCAST: Jan. 2 Bowl Previews

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

We're now less than a week away from arguably the single biggest date on the 2011 college football calendar (even if it comes in 2012). That day is Jan. 2, home to four intriguing non-BCS bowls in addition to the Rose and Fiesta Bowls.

In this edition of the CBSSports.com College Football Podcast, our Adam Aizer and Chip Patterson run down those four "other" bowls: Can Michigan State get over the SEC hump vs. Georgia in the Outback? Can Penn State shut down Case Keenum and Houston in the TicketCity? Is there any way the two lo-fi offenses on display in the Ohio State-Florida Gator Bowl can overshadow the Urban Meyer storyline? And what might South Carolina have learned in Nebraska's losses that could prove decisive in the Capital One Bowl?

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