Originally posted on Nittany Lions Den  |  Last updated 3/25/14
  I’ll admit. I had various angles for this week’s edition. Freshman Follies—the story of Christian Hackenberg’s highs and lows as a precocious quarterback on an inexperienced offense. Sophomore Slump—the expose of coach Bill O’Brien’s lack of rhythm as a play-caller and unusual personnel decisions at key moments during his rough second season at the helm. Next Man Down—the debate of personnel versus scheme on the defensive side of the ball. (It’s more personnel than scheme and I’ve been predicting this since spring!) But, in reality, all of these stories would only add to your malaise and angst over Penn State football. You came here for serenity. As I listened to Jack Ham and Steve Jones hang on to final shreds of hope in the 4th quarter on Saturday, I recalled my trip to Minnesota ten years ago. Penn State football then—two years removed from a squad with four first-round picks, unhindered by sanctions, boosted by a well-revered legendary coach in recruiting fights—wa
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