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Nearly All of Pennsylvania Roots for Penn State, Temple Comes in Third in Philly

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Poor Temple, they can’t even pull 2nd place in their own city: The New York Times broke out another one of their Facebook fandom maps, this time tracing each zip code’s top three favorite college football teams. As you can see strictly by color above, Penn State owns much of the state of PA, with the more western reaches being a mix and mash of Penn State, Ohio State, West Virginia, and Pitt. Locally, Penn State is the consensus number one with Notre Dame coming consistently in a distant second. Third place is all over the place though: In Delco it’s the Florida Gators, in Philly it’s Temple, Chester County prefers Ohio State, as do MontCo and Bucks County. Meanwhile, Glouster and Camden counties in New Jersey go PSU/Notre Dame/Oregon Ducks.

You can see the whole map over here and zoom way in to check the results by individual zip codes.

h/t Regressing

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Penn State Head Coach James Franklin Arrives at High School Football Game in a Helicopter Like Normal People Do

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Because the best way to recruit high school football players is to roll up like a villain in an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, Penn State head coach James Franklin headed down to Woodlawn High School in Baltimore, MD via helicopter. His chopper landed very subtly on what seems to be the baseball fields, you know, so no one would know he was there. So the next time someone points out that college athletics aren’t a business, or that athletes shouldn’t get paid, just picture PSU’s football coach rolling up to a high school in a helicopter like he’s goddamned Mark Cuban. And for a program like Penn State, nothing says “keeping things in perspective” like building helicopter rentals into the football budget.

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Penn State Students Celebrate Lifting of Sanctions by Partying in Streets and Chanting Joe Paterno’s Name

pic via Onward State

pic via Onward State

Voila_Capture 2014-09-08_11-46-45_PMI’m happy for Penn State students, fans and alumni. Really, I am. But it’s not hard to see how a culture distorted the judgement of otherwise smart people.

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Meanwhile, the NCAA Just Lifted Penn State Sanctions

The NCAA right now, in increasingly higher octavesHey, maybe we can just slip this in there and no one will notice? Maybe we’ll just slide it right in there? Maybe so it flies under the radar on this busy day? Maybe just a bit of out-of-nowhere news letting Penn State off the hook because everyone’s forgotten already? Maybe just hide it behind the Ray Rice stories because now the NFL has a huge PR thing to deal with?

Official statement:

Due to Penn State University’s significant progress toward ensuring its athletics department functions with integrity, the NCAA Executive Committee today eliminated the school’s postseason ban, effective immediately, and will return the full complement of football scholarships in 2015-16.

The committee’s action endorses recommendations released today by George Mitchell, the university’s athletics oversight monitor, in his latest report.

In addition to the scholarship and postseason participation changes, Mitchell also recommended that if Penn State continues to make impressive progress at the conclusion of the 2015 report, Mitchell’s oversight may conclude substantially earlier than 2017, the date set forth in the original agreement between the NCAA and Penn State.

Joking aside, this is good news for all the good people who enjoy and make livings off of Penn State football and it surrounding culture.

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PSU Coach Who Dropped Recruit Because of Social Media Tweets Punt-Related “Baby Got Back” Lyrics

Remember this simple rule, college football recruits: If you’re cyber-bullying, or degrading women, or talking about drug use on social media, Penn State will stop recruiting you. If you tweet punt-related lyrics to “Baby Got Back,” we assume you get an immediate starting job.

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Just please, before the end of the day and the start of your weekend, can you say “little in the middle but his punts aren’t WACK” out-loud to yourself? I promise it’s a great way to start your weekend.

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Be Careful What you Tweet, PSU Coaches are Watching

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This next generation of teens-turning-into-twentysomethings, though not too far removed from my own age, grew up in a world where the internet was a part of their lives for as long as they can remember. Seventeen and eighteen year olds may not really know what it is like to come-of-age offline. Still, they should be smart enough to at least make all of their shit private. But when you are being recruited by a college football program with near limitless money at their disposal, a puny little privacy setting may not make much a difference.

One Penn State recruit learned this the hard way, according to PSU O-Line coach Herb Hand. Hand tweeted (as you can see above) about “dropping” a prospect because of his social media presence. This morning, Hand retweeted a link to a Bleacher Report piece on the draft, specifically calling out this passage:

“‘We have every tweet they have ever made,’ said one front-office executive who requested anonymity for competitive reasons. ‘When we interview them, we’ll ask them about their tweets. Some of them tweet about drugs, about ”bitches.”

‘It’s unbelievable.'”

It makes sense that a recruiter would stop looking at a player because of the things they say and do on social media. Going back even just ten years, these recruiters had to take the word of the person they were looking at, or take what they were seeing at face value. They never really knew. Now, they have the ability to dig deeper and see what prospects are doing when they aren’t watching. For those targets, it might not be who you are, but it’s the image you’re giving off. It’s an additional point of power for teams and coaches, and they likely believe those tools can be used to spot characters flaws (and therefore, future disciplinary issues) from a mile away.

The problem comes with talking about it.

If you want to endear yourself to a fan base that — even in the wake of Sandusky — mostly just wants to win, you can drop as many prospects you want, just don’t go around boasting about it. It’s one thing to warn other potential prospects to clean their act up, and it’s another to near-brag about it. Hand learned that by learning more about the “social media presence” of quite a few people.

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Jerry Sandusky’s Adopted Son is Here to Gross You Out With More Horrible Jerry Sandusky Stories

Jerry Sandusky’s adopted son, Matthew, detailed his abuse to billionaire Oprah, who loves to make people cry on TV:

Matthew Sandusky spoke on “Oprah Prime” about abuse he says occurred when Jerry Sandusky would tuck him in during overnight stays at the Sandusky home in central Pennsylvania, after being instructed to wear only underwear or blue mesh shorts.

Jerry Sandusky would tickle, blow on his belly and wrestle on the floor, he said, and the encounters would gradually become more sexual.

“Then it’s, then as I now know, it’s oral sex,” he told Oprah Winfrey. “He’s doing that to you and it’s very confusing, it’s very confusing for you because you have a reaction, you know. It’s something that you at that time you definitely don’t know what’s happening.”

“The overnight visits were — they were good. I mean, except for that one part, bedtime. Bedtime was the bad part. But any other time that we were in the home, that we were doing anything in the home with the family, it was fine,” he said, but at bedtime, the older man’s “ritual” began.

Somewhere, Dottie Sandusky is still defending her creep husband.

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Here’s Dottie Sandusky Proclaiming Her Husband’s Innocence

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Here’s that Matt Lauer interview with Dottie Sandusky and lunatic John Ziegler that I was telling you about. Nothing creepy about this part, no:

Dottie: “[The basement] is not a dungeon… it’s not what those kids said. And this is the bedroom. There’s a bath around the corner.”

Right.

Video after the jump.

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