The Nittany Lions’ regular Monday practice was cancelled today, reports FOS. Paterno, apparently angry at recent off-field issues, called a team meeting and advised them to come back on Tuesday. ???? ????????? ??? ?????????
Recently, we reported on the underage drinking issue with Joe Suhey and Ryan Breen. Now, rumors of yet another off-field incident have been circulating on the on-line rumor mills. ????? ????? This one involves a fight at the HUB involving 10 students. The Centre Daily Times reported on it, but no names were mentioned. This Turkey will neither speculate about which specific individuals might be involved nor will he reproduce shaky information from unconfirmed sources. ?????? ???? ??????? We will all know soon enough.
Have nothing to back this up, but perhaps Joe is a bit more hands off this year, leaving the underlings to pick up the ball ,so to speak, and see if some leadership presents its self as to a replacement for Joe? Or maybe he’s just losing it . As shit has a downhill flow , might be???????? If not, there might not be an answer to any of the problems for the Lions ;as a normally well organized group seems to be coming unglued.
The Nittany Turkey says
So, another obfuscatory press conference passes, and we now have even less information than we had before. Joe’s contract ends after next year. He had asked for an extension but didn’t get it. On the other hand, Spanier got a five year extension. So, perhaps the most we’ll have Joe to kick around is one more season after this one.
Team leaders do not taunt opponents’ fans and grab their crotches in public unless something is itching down there. Team leaders rise above the puerile shit and set an example for younger players. I’ve seen team leaders in the past; team leaders were my friend; and, Senator Morelli, you’re no team leader. (That goes for Golden, too.)
Connor might be a good leader if he were more vocal. After all, he had his own experience running afoul of proper behavior during Phonegate. We hope that he has matured since then and could set young guys out on a straight path, even Baker. However, it hasn’t worked out that way. Besides, the defense has only half the problem children.
By underlings, I mean the coaching staff. Still hold by my argument that a kid can’t coach himself to the next level or show leadership if there is none above him. To me these guys are acting like 20 yr old jocks in a rudderless ship. But let’s let that one lie as we’ve kicked it around as much as needed. Last week I saw that the talent is there (Morelli excluded , he could screw up anything) and Wisconsin is over rated and can be beaten. If Joe has but one more year there may be things going on we are not to know. We need the eye of the Turkey to uncover these matters.
The Nittany Turkey says
Good point about coaching leadership setting the tone for peer leadership.
I’ll write something about Wisconsin later today. I agree that they can be beaten, particularly with P.J. Hill hobbled, and that they have trouble closing out games. However, with Beckum as a serious weapon, they can hit us in spots that are very vulnerable. For example, for how many years have you watched our defense get burned by quick slants—even with Poz in the middle? A great receiving tight end is going to be a problem for our defense, even without Hill to soften them up (assuming that he doesn’t play). Meanwhile, can we put enough damn points on the board to beat them? We can if we stop screwing up! In the words of Frank Gifford in his MNF days, (as humbly yet sarcastically reported in one of Howard Cosell’s books), “Turnovers’ll kill ya.” In the additional words of Frank Gifford, “Penalties’ll kill ya.” Playing mistake-free on offense will go a long way toward securing this Homecoming win.
As for Joe, who knows how long his coaching days will continue? Not this Turkey and, I suspect, not any other turkeys at this point, anyhow.