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Penn State or State Penn? Rivals Set to Use Report?

I held off on posting this for a day, but after talking to some local high school coaches there seems to be little question that rival coaches will use Penn State's off-field struggles when recruiting against the Nittany Lions. ESPN reported that 46 players have been charged with nearly 200 crimes in the past six years. (Click the video to watch.)

"I'm sure a lot of coaches got that [video] saved," said one local coach who has dealt with Penn State and other top college programs recently. "It will be all over the place. It will be used, no question."

It's also been a tough offseason in Charlottesville, where Virginia players continue to find their way into trouble. If you remember, the initial problems were what caused Good Counsel running back Caleb Porzel to renege on his verbal commitment and eventually pledge to play for Maryland.

By Josh Barr  | July 29, 2008; 11:37 AM ET
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Watching Paterno squirm in his chair and act like it's still 1975 was priceless. Shows just how out of touch he is with the times and what's going on in his own program. When Ralph trounces State Penn in recruiting for 2009, maybe all the haters will shut their mouths for good.

Posted by: virtueandvice | July 29, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

You know I don't hate PSU-used to have a lot of fun there BUT-46 PLAYERS AND 200 CRIMES!! I live in south Baltimore and we have far fewer crimes here than in State College!? Say it ain't so Joe!

Thats plain ugly.

Posted by: Shizzle | July 29, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Those numbers presented by OTL include every single felony charge from the apartment fight that was THROWN OUT OF COURT BY THE JUDGE. Maybe if MD embraced former prep coaching legends rather than firing their staff every few years MD would have a stronger hold on MD recruits.

Way to provide prospective as well, how many of those "charges" were misdemeanors? How many of those charges were underage drinking? How many of those charges were DUIs? Crappy reporting Mr. Barr, you may want to get your facts straight and then pass them along to ESPN.

Do you see Penn State accepting kids that go the prep route year in and year out? Where are the academic casualties of Penn State recruiting? Where are the drug charges? The gun charges? The robberies? The numerous rapes/sexual assaults? Where is the paying of players? The using a dead girls credit card for months after she had passed, where is that? I can name many universities that have all of the above type activity with student-athletes within their football program and Penn State has none of it. Fights? Yes. DUIs? Yes. Underage drinking? Yes.

Joe Paterno and Penn State mold young men, it's too bad more coaches didn't do the same rather than buckle to a worthless self-afforded sense of importance such as ESPN. Let's just treat every single situation with every single player the same, first offense or not, with seriousness of the issue and track record/attitude counting for nothing. Then we can really ruin hundreds of kids lives and risk their education and future importance to our society so that recruiting followers can gloat about an 18 or 19 year old kid making a bad decision.

I hope none of you ever become parents, that much I'm 100% sure of. Hypocrites, MD will just have to continue squeezing kids in via prep route and then kicking them to the curb when they don't make the grade; that'll show Penn State for sure. Way to take care of the in-state kids and setting them up for failure. I hope Zach Kerr and others are watching their own back because the University of Maryland and the football program certainly won't be doing so.

Posted by: LOL | July 29, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

The fridge beating psu in recruiting in 09? have you looked at the kids psu has pulled out of the dc/metro area this year and when is the last time MD was relevant in the CFB world? hmmm thats right never!!

Posted by: LB240 | July 30, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

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