Thursday, August 03, 2006

Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon

Little blurbs have been coming out of the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon going on in Chicago this week. Apparently, Tony Hunt and BranDon Snow are in Paterno's doghouse. Hunt is in trouble for letting his grades drop. He's not ineligible or anything, but Paterno isn't happy. There's much speculation going on in terms of Snow's situation. Nobody knows what happened, but Joe has made it clear he's not happy and that Snow is going to sit early in the season. The good news is he's still with the team and Joe says he plans to include him in the offense this year.

A lot of time has been spent commenting on Northwestern coach Randy Walker who tragically died of a heart attack a few weeks ago at the age of 52. While he gets asked about his health most years, I can imagine Joe Paterno has fielded even more questions about his health this year as he approaches the ripe old age of 80 this season. Amazingly, Joe recently climbed Mount Nittany with his family. Here's what Joe had to say about the trip:
"I hadn't climbed it in 30 years. But my kids teased me into going up there for a family climb. When I got to the top, I was all right. But coming down was really tough. I had a little problem with my leg."

Joe reported a little soreness and swelling in his knee, but he should be fine. If only we could all live to be mountain climbers when we're 80.

No surprise, the media isn't giving Penn State any respect. They selected Ohio State as the favorite to win the Big Ten followed by Michigan and Iowa. That's ok. We didn't get any respect last year either. Michael Robinson and the other captains sat at their table and nobody wanted to talk to them. They went on to win the conference. Everybody snickered when Paterno got up in front of the podium and told everyone he thought they were going to be pretty good last year. He went on to win several Coach of the Year awards. The nice thing about not being favored to win is that you have everything to prove and nothing to lose. I think Penn State is in store for another special season. The question is how many games will we have to win before people start to believe?
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