Wednesday, January 11, 2012

In Wake of Penn State's, Paterno's Plight, O'Brien Tries to Pick Up the Pieces: College Recruiting

It's going to take a whole lot more than a free sweatshirt for the little brother
and some tuition money to attract recruits to Penn State this season...

The following is quoted in full from:

Eben Novy-Williams, Bloomberg News / @novy_williams

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Penn State University and new football coach Bill O’Brien have three weeks to score some victories in competition against an old foe with its own new leader. 

Ohio State University and two-time national champion coach Urban Meyer have taken the Nittany Lions’ two top recruiting targets, including Noah Spence, Pennsylvania’s highest-rated player, amid a child-sex abuse scandal that led to the firing of Joe Paterno after 46 years in charge and a record 409 wins at State College. 

Since the case against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky broke in November, players like Spence, of Harrisburg, 85 miles southeast of Penn State, have taken a cautious approach to the school, which like Ohio State is a member of the Big Ten Conference. Recruits can commit to schools in writing on Feb. 1, and O’Brien, 42, and his staff must be as aggressive as possible, said Brandon Huffman of, a recruiting website. 

“Now you go from panic to expediting,” Huffman said in a telephone interview. “You only have three weekends for official visits and you now have to sell a new coach and a new style to recruits.” 

Full story from Bloomberg Sports' Eben Novy-Williams:

Penn State's new football coach Bill O'Brien addresses the media after he was introduced at a news conference in State College, Pa. Watching are acting Athletic Director Dr. Dave Joyner, left, and university President Rodney Erickson.
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