Tag:Penn State
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:37 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 12:37 pm

Urban Meyer: "I went off the deep end"

TAMPA, Fla. – On Oct. 12 back when Urban Meyer was still retired from coaching and just a television analyst, he was in Tampa to speak at an Outback Bowl function.

Chris Sullivan, founder and director of Outback Steakhouse, walked up to Meyer inside the Belvedere Ballroom in the A La Carte Event Pavilion and embraced his friend.

“What are you doing next?” Sullivan said. “We could sure use you.”

Sullivan is a Kentucky graduate. Of course, Meyer will not be coaching at Kentucky, he is headed to Ohio State.

Less than a year after "retiring," Meyer is back

Seven weeks ago I asked Meyer what it would take for him to return to coaching.

“If I ever went back, I'd have to get back a little bit of balance I used to have,” Meyer said. “I don't know if I'm there yet. I went off the deep end. When I first went to Florida, my first Tennessee game, first SEC game, my son (Nathan) was playing that (Friday) night and was going to pitch.

“I'm in a hotel. I looked at the police officers: ‘I can't take this. Will you get in a car and drive me to go watch my son pitch?’ Everybody thought I was nuts.

“I'm not going to let a job consume me. I think it did. I would have never done that at the end. I was so consumed about perfection. We created a monster. If I ever did get back, I would not let that control my life”

Meyer is now officially back under the brightest of spotlights, replacing Jim Tressel and interim coach Luke Fickell at Ohio State.

After the 2009 season, Meyer took a three-month leave of absence. The following a 7-5 regular season in 2010, Meyer announced his retirement from coaching on Dec. 8 because of health concerns and he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Meyer said then he had suffered chest pains and severe headaches, related to stress.

So how will he be able – as he says – not let the job control his life?

“It's discipline, personal discipline,” Meyer said on Oct. 12. “You've got to hire great people, but I can blame everybody else I want. At the end of the day, you have to have discipline: go work out, eat right, still have balance in your life.

“What I've experienced, because I do a lot of public speaking now, I don't think I'm a lone wolf that has that issue. Guys right here have that issue, balancing that. You can blame your job, you can blame your boss or you can blame the media. At the end of the day, it's you that has to take a hold of that thing. I didn't do that.”

In six seasons at Florida, Meyer was 65-15. He won national championships in 2006 and 2008. His final game was a 37-24 victory against Penn State in last season’s Outback Bowl, which turned out to be the final bowl game for Joe Paterno.

Now Paterno is out of coaching and Meyer is back in.

Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:47 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2011 7:04 pm

NCAA will launch investigation of Penn State

Penn State was notified by NCAA President Mark Emmert that the NCAA will launch an investigation into the Nittany Lions' athletic programs in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and charges of perjury against two senior Penn State officials.

"I am writing to notify you that the NCAA will examine Penn State's exercise of institutional control over its intercollegiate athletics programs, as well as the actions, and inactions, of relevant responsible personnel," Emmert wrote to the school. "We recognize that there are ongoing federal and state investigations and the NCAA does not intend to interfere with those probes."

Emmert set out several questions that Penn State officials must be prepared to answer as part of the probe. Responses to this NCAA inquiry are expected by Dec. 16 in order for the NCAA to determine next steps.

Here is a copy of the three-page letter sent from the NCAA to Penn State president Rodney Erickson, outlining the NCAA's concerns.

The NCAA indicated "NCAA Bylaw 10.1 identifies 10 types of unethical conduct, but specifically makes clear that the list of 10 is not limited to those delineated. Among, other things, that list captures the general principle of honesty embedded in Bylaw 10.01.1, which requires individuals to "act with honest and sportsmanship at all times so that intercollegiate athletics as a whole, their institutions and they, as individuals, shall represent the honor and dignity of fair play and the generally recognized high standards associated with wholesome competitive sports."

Penn State released a statement Friday afternoon in response.

Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics intends to fully cooperate with the NCAA during its inquiry, and understands that this is a preliminary step toward understanding what happened as well as how to prevent anything similar from happening in the future.  

We understand and believe in the importance of following both the letter and spirit of the NCAA rules and guidelines, and will continue to reiterate that to our coaches, student-athletes and athletic administrators.

The NCAA's pending investigation is just the latest fallout from the allegations against Sandusky and the alleged cover-up by Coach Joe Paterno and university officials.

On Monday, the Big Ten removed Paterno's name from the Big Ten's championship football trophy. Also, Tuesday, CBSSports.com reported bowls may shy away from selecting the Nittany Lions because they were viewed as "toxic" because of the attention the Sandusky allegations would bring.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: NCAA, Penn State
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:36 am
Edited on: November 14, 2011 12:13 pm

Big Ten removes Paterno's name from trophy

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno's name has been removed from the Big Ten's football championship trophy, league commissioner Jim Delany said Monday.

The league announced in light of the series of events that have recently unfolded at Penn State, including grand jury indictments, an ongoing grand jury investigation, a U.S. Department of Education investigation, the Board of Trustees’ dismissal of Paterno and the Board of Trustees’ appointment of a Special Investigation Committee, it would remove Paterno’s name from the championship trophy.

The trophy will be awarded at the Big Ten's inaugural football championship game Dec. 3 in Indianapolis.

“We believe that it would be inappropriate to keep Joe Paterno’s name on the trophy at this time,” Delany said. “The trophy and its namesake are intended to be celebratory and aspirational, not controversial. We believe that it’s important to keep the focus on the players and the teams that will be competing in the inaugural championship game.”

The trophy to be presented in Indianapolis next month will now be called the "Stagg Championship Trophy," named after Amos Alonzo Stagg, who coached football at the University of Chicago, a founding member of the Big Ten, from 1892-1932. Stagg compiled a 199-94-22 record while the University of Chicago was a member of the Big Ten, including national championships in 1905 and 1913.

The great grandson of Stagg, Robert Stagg of Grand Rapids, Mich., said Monday the family deferred to the Big Ten on the decision. Stagg told CBSSports.com last week the family would have issues with the trophy's name if Paterno was found "complicit" in the Sandusky scandal.

"We as a family are deferring to them (Big Ten). It was a proper thing to do," Robert Stagg told CBSSports.com. "They have a lot more people to consider things. I pretty much let them steer the whole process. They were aware we were interested in how things were going to play out."

Asked for a reaction to Paterno's name being removed from the trophy, Stagg said: "I still think it’s too early in the process to make a judgement. It’s such an unfortunate situation. I just have a feeling there is a lot more coming out."

Paterno was fired on Wednesday night for his failure to notify police about the sexual abuse allegations of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Saturday, in Penn State's first game since Paterno was fired - the Nittany Lions' first without Paterno as head coach since 1966 and the first game since Nov. 19, 1949, Paterno was neither a Penn State head coach or assistant - the Nittany Lions lost to Nebraska 17-14.

However, the Nittany Lions (8-1, 5-2 Big Ten) still lead the Big Ten's Leaders Division by one-game over Wisconsin (8-2, 4-2). Penn State visits Ohio State Saturday and Wisconsin visits Illinois. No matter the outcome of the Penn State-Ohio State contest, if Wisconsin wins at Illinois, the Badgers and Nittany Lions will play Nov. 26 in Madison, Wis., for the Leaders Division title and berth in the inaugural Big Ten championship game. Penn State would clinch the Leaders Division title by beating Ohio State and if Wisconsin lost to Illinois Saturday.

In the Legends Division, Michigan State (8-2, 5-1) owns a one-game lead over Michigan (8-2, 4-2) and Nebraska (8-2, 4-2). The Spartans will win the Legends Division by winning their final two games against Indiana and Northwestern. Nebraska visits Michigan Saturday. Both the Cornhuskers and Wolverines must win out and need a Michigan State loss to have any chance at winning the Legends Division.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:09 am

889 coaching changes since Joe Pa began

With Penn State coach Joe Paterno's announcement Wednesday that he is retiring, here's something that puts in perspective just how long Paterno had been coaching.

Since Paterno debuted as Penn State's head coach in 1966 there have been 889 coaching changes among the current 120 FBS schools.

Here is a list of the coaching changes at the BCS schools since Paterno started at Penn State.

ACC (96): Miami 13, Georgia Tech 11, Duke 9, Maryland 9, NC State 9, Boston College 8, Clemson 8, Wake Forest 8, North Carolina 7, Virginia 6, Virginia Tech 4, Florida State 4.

Pac-12 (94): Stanford 12, Arizona 10, Colorado 9, Cal 8, UCLA 8, Utah 8, Washington State 8, Arizona State 7, Oregon 6, Oregon State 6, USC 6, Washington 6.

SEC (89): Vanderbilt 11, Ole Miss 10, Florida 9, Alabama 8, Arkansas 8, Kentucky 8, LSU 7, Mississippi State 7, South Carolina 7, Auburn 6, Tennessee 5, Georgia 3.

Big Ten (73): Michigan State 9, Minnesota 9, Illinois 8, Indiana 8, Purdue 8, Northwestern 7, Wisconsin 7, Michigan 5, Nebraska 4, Iowa 4, Ohio State 4, Penn State 0.

Big 12 (70): Kansas 9, Texas Tech 9, Oklahoma State 8, Iowa State 8, Baylor 7, Kansas State 7, Texas A&M 7, Missouri 6, Oklahoma 5, Texas 4.

Big East (57): Cincinnati 13, Louisville 10, Pittsburgh 10, UConn 7, West Virginia 6, Rutgers 5, Syracuse 5, South Florida 1.

Notre Dame (8).

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Penn State
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:26 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 7:31 pm

JoePa on no NCAA violations: "Maybe we're lucky"

CHICAGO – Earlier this month, CBSSports.com did a five-part series on cheating in college football. Among our findings was that Penn State and BYU are the only two schools that have won Associated Press national championships without receiving a major infraction in the history of either football program.

The secret to Penn State’s success?

“Oh boy,” Penn State coach Joe Paterno said. “Maybe we’re lucky.

“What the good Lord said: ‘don’t be the first one to cast the rock.’ I preach all the time. I tell our alumni all the time. Stay out of it. We try to keep them informed as to what they can do legally, what they can’t do legally.”

Paterno said he uses the philosophy that he learned from former Penn State coach Rip Engle – yes, there was another head coach at Penn State besides Paterno.

“He used to say when I’d come back all upset, maybe I was trying to recruit some hot shot, and lost him,” Paterno said. “He would say, ‘Hey Joe don’t worry about the guys we lose. Only make sure who you bring in here belongs here and they’re coming here for the right reasons.’

“That’s probably something that I preach all the time to the staff.”

Paterno said it’s “nice to know we haven’t had a major violation. I’m proud of that. I’m not going around gloating about it.”

Paterno also said the way student-athletes are dealt with has changed drastically throughout the years.

“The old days when I first started to coach, I lived four blocks off the campus,” Paterno said. “I used to get a telephone call from one of the campus cops. He would say ‘Hey coach, you better come up here and get a hold of Mike. Too much to drink, making a lot of noise.’ ”

Paterno said he’d get up at 2 a.m. to go get the player and then have the player up at 5 a.m. to “run his rear end off for a week. But you guys [the media] never heard about it.”

“Every once in a while I hear one of these guys that I know a little bit about when they were 19 and 20,” Paterno said. “I’m talking about all the kids today, they ought to go back and read Socrates. Socrates 400 years B.C. said ‘The kids today are terrible tyrants. They don’t pay attention.’  That’s 2,500 years ago, OK?

“Anyway, I’m shooting my mouth off too much.”

Posted on: July 13, 2011 1:30 pm

Another one bites the NCAA infractions dust

And then there were 73.

For the past two weeks, CBSSports.com has been reporting on various elements involved with cheating in college football.

During the series, we had referenced that there had been 72 major violations at 56 schools since SMU received the Death Penalty in 1987.

Well, it’s now up to 73 major infractions and 57 schools after West Virginia's July 8 violations, stemming from failure to monitor charges against former coaches Rich Rodriguez and Bill Stewart, are now included in the database of NCAA infractions.

West Virginia had been one of 23 automatic qualifying BCS conference teams that had not committed a major violation since 1987, so now that number is reduced to 22. That also means 45 of the 67 AQ BCS schools - 67.1 percent of the schools from the six power conferences.

The final and fifth installment of our series is Friday, so it’s doubtful the NCAA would rule on any major infractions before then. But, then again, you never know.

Here’s the updated list of the 22 AQ football programs without a major infraction since 1987:

ACC–Boston College, Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest.
Big East–UConn, Louisville, South Florida.
Big Ten–Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue.
Big 12–Iowa State, Missouri.
Pac-12–Arizona, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA.
SEC–LSU, Vanderbilt.

Posted on: July 12, 2011 6:08 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 7:08 pm

Mendenhall receives 3-year extension

PROVO, Utah - BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall will lead the Cougars into the unchartered waters of being an independent and he'll do so with a new contract. Mendendall said Tuesday that he signed a three-year extension through the 2013 season.

"I am absolutely satisfied with my job here and I have been treated more than fairly," Mendenhall said. "I am very realistic. There is a lot on the line going independent, so I want to ensure that I am worthy of my position. I want to give everything I have and lead the charge through independence."

Mendenhall is 56-21 in six seasons with the Cougars and has taken BYU to six consecutive bowl games. His 72.7 winning percentage is tied for seventh among the active FBS coaches with at least five years experience, trailing Boise State's Chris Petersen (92.4 percent), Oklahoma's Bob Stoops (80.6), TCU's Gary Patterson (77.8), Penn State's Joe Paterno (74.8), Utah's Kyle Whittingham (74.0) and Georgia's Mark Richt (73.9). Arkansas' Bobby Petrino is tied with Mendenhall for seventh.

Mendenhall, who took over the defensive coordinator duties midway through last season, also said he will again be BYU's defensive coordinator this season.

"Bronco is an incredible leader and one of hte best coaches in the country," BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said. "He is committed to the program and we are committed to him as the leader of our football team. Bronco is loyal to this team and the university and does things the right way, on and off the field. We are excited for the future as we begin our journey as an independent."

Posted on: June 14, 2011 6:07 pm

Revived Pitt-Penn State series took about a week

The Pittsburgh-Penn State football rivalry began in 1893 and was actually televised on ESPN-BC (Before Corso). OK, so maybe the inaugural game wasn’t televised, but the schools played every season from 1900-31 and 1935-92.

In the 1970s and 1980s it was one of the nation’s top games and frequently had national title implications.

There was a four-year break before the series resumed for four games from 1997-2000.

Then the series went into the deep freeze because Penn State didn’t exactly want the series to continue.

However, on Tuesday, the schools announced the series would continue – at least for two years – in 2016 and 2017. After nearly a 20-year hiatus the rivals will meet Sept. 10, 2016 at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field and then Sept. 16, 2017 at Penn State's Beaver Stadium.

So how many years/decades were negotiations ongoing to revive the Penn State-Pitt series? Well actually it took a little more than a week for the series to get revived.

That’s right. According to Pittsburgh senior associate AD E.J. Borghetti, Penn State had an opening on its future schedule and approached Pittsburgh. Discussions between Pitt AD Steve Pederson and Penn State AD Tim Curley started the beginning of last week and voila’ an agreement was reached less than a week-and-a-half later.

Very, very impressive. Major kudos to Pederson and Curley - and Penn State for not seeking out, say, Utah State to fill out its future schedule.

Pittsburgh and Penn State playing again is terrific news for college football fans.

Now if we can just get figure out a way to revive the Oklahoma-Nebraska rivalry.

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