PlaybookMark:: Big game this weekend
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mrfolks::you wouldn't really know it up here in ann arbor
mrfolks::everyone seems pretty apathetic
mrfolks::to me that = good news
KokobewareHI::Koko's back and badder than eva! liftin: who's eva? ;-)
PlaybookMark::Apathetic? Wow - this is a big opportunity for Michigan
KokobewareHI::just watched the PSU fb story on gopsusports....GOOSEBUMPS!
liftin::im pumped for tomorrow
mrfolks::yeah- not much of a buzz around here PlaybookMark: This team's leadership should carry them far...
weRpennST::is the game going to be televised in Arlington VA DC area?
KokobewareHI::I'll be at a wedding...I'll miss the game live :(
PlaybookMark::They are incredibly focused, all business and have had this game circled since the winter
mrfolks::wore PSU gear all week- i got no hecklers snakester: Any word on practice this week, who has looked good, any new wrinkles being added? liftin: mrfolks, you are in michigan?
KokobewareHI::I'm wearing my PSU thong...errrr....ummm mrfolks: yep- stuck in ann arbor
weRpennST::the alum bar that was chosen down here SUCKS seating wise
mrfolks::but, i do have a place to stay for my 8 friends coming up today!
Psu96::Joe said the team practiced well this week on last night's call-in show
PlaybookMark::Snakster - Defense: Gaines may see more action in the DE rotation - the focused on pocket collapse drills - they want to force Henne out weRpennST: whats the weather prediction for ann arbor tommorrow?
Psu96::65 and sunny
PlaybookMark::WeR - weather report is on the FOS homepage
mrfolks::mid 60s, partly sunny i believe
KokobewareHI::Is scUM's offense tailor made for our defense?
KokobewareHI::we seem to match up very well. weRpennST: brb
PlaybookMark::Also we could see a variety of disguised pressure schemes - but the focus is to stop Hart and make Henne go up top
puleo61::thoughts on the McCoy article??
Psu96::it's more of a traditional attack Koko. No gimmicky stuff like NW. PSU will know what they're seeing is what they'll get from UM
Psu96::pule, that particular writer is not known for his credibility. I'm not buying it.
KokobewareHI::I think we can really get after Henne, though.
PlaybookMark::I expect a similar plan as with Minnesota - stop the power back and make them go to the air
DieselPSU::Hello all!! Already in Ann Arbor and waiting for the rest of the Nittany Lions to get here to party! :)
mrfolks::i'm concerned about Anwar on Manningham liftin: they better get to henne though... UM receivers 'on paper' better than minny
DieselPSU::I must say one thing.........there were some fine ladies out there last night!
mrfolks::Diesel- i've been here 3 years waiting!! KokobewareHI: any word on scUM's attitude leading up to this game?
DieselPSU::we're over at the Comfort Inn
PlaybookMark::The linebacker lineup looks like OLB: Poz, MLB: Shaw, OLB: Connor
Psu96::JK could get Manningham. Anwar is a wily vet though. He knows what to do to stay with receivers. He covered Holmes pretty well last week.
mrfolks::where'd you go last night?
mrfolks::S'keepers!- fun place
Psu96::Koko, the Michigan players look at this as a must-win. They'll come out fighting.
PlaybookMark::Koko - not much confidence from the fan base, but UM will come out swinging I can't believe they are apathetic like the fans
DieselPSU::yeah i loved the set up
mrfolks::RIck's ain't bad either on Thurs- if you like undergrads
Psu96::We got a big win, but thats behind us now, Paxson said. Lets keep the snowball rolling down the hill, lets keep building up on this. Theres no turning back now.
PlaybookMark::King has been seeing more reps at the nickelback spot
DieselPSU::that was our second choice but we loved the $2.50 pitchers so we stayed and got smashed for cheap :)
PlaybookMark::I just posted an article on Paxson - good quotes from him on the team
YorkPAinPSU::Big game fellas
mrfolks::where are you headed tonight?
DieselPSU::not sure yet we heard good things about Arbor Brew Co
DieselPSU::but could very well end up st ricks or scorekeepers
mrfolks::it is so- so...beer is ok, food sux, stay at skeepers
PlaybookMark::Suhey played Henne this week and was "running for his life"
DieselPSU::is it looking good for bell on monday?? :) mrfolks: yes
BobLichtenfels::I feel pretty confident saying yes PSUSem: did anyone confirm he's cancelled his UVa visit?
DieselPSU::that's what i like to hear
BobLichtenfels::Koko you ran out last week just as i busted out some 2pac lyrics
BobLichtenfels::Not yet Sem
KokobewareHI::NICE...BL...I got plenty of love for Pac :)
BobLichtenfels::I'm diggin jadakiss a lot lately PSUSem: who's chris dokish by the way?
KokobewareHI: Run DMC, Tribe, or Biggie...for me. DieselPSU: bob, any other recruiting updates for us? i know dokish had mccoy quoted as psu leading.........do you get the same impression?
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PSUSem::is he the mod at panther report still? BobLichtenfels: He was fired from the Pitt site here and Rivals
78Lion::Just read that article. Were they in bed together?
PSUSem::okay, didn't think so, but i had him confused with chris94 i guess
KokobewareHI::fired...was he involved in some "extra curricular activities"? :)
BobLichtenfels::nah, just didnt follow direction very well
DieselPSU::alright guys.......we're out to scour Ann Arbor let's get rowdy!!
78Lion::Just read Paxon article. Great attitude (DieselPSU left)
mrfolks::bob- have you talked to I.Williams recently? YorkPAinPSU: Maybe McCoy's meds made him feel chatty (Spider legs 11 joined)
BobLichtenfels::no, i believe Riva did about 2 weeks ago
BobLichtenfels::i guess York
PlaybookMark::The attidue of this team should not be an issue
PlaybookMark::Penn State just can't beat themselves mrfolks: I think if we get a decent lead- UofM will collapse
KokobewareHI::Although Hart put up some big numbers recently, his hammy still seems to be bothering him. thoughts?
mrfolks::he's playing in a lot of pain
78Lion::Just hope joe lets 'em open it up. We play like we did with OSU 2nd half we lose
BobLichtenfels::Too me hart is no better then Andre hall just with more around him
PlaybookMark::Hart has seemed tentative on cuts, but he is a dangerous back - PSU has face 5 Top 25 backs this season so far and played all very well KokobewareHI: Hart still has the shiftiness, but seems to lack the extra gear right now.
PlaybookMark::Hart is objective one for this defense Psu96: 78, doubtful Joe would apply the same logic to this game that he did against OSU. UM's offense is too good to sit on a 1 score lead
psualumni::Just joined the chat, but wondering everyone's opinion on the matchup between our young receivers and UM's secondary?
liftin::mrfolks i agree on the UM folding comment BobLichtenfels: It hurts that Michigan doesnt really have that deep threat this year, teams can play more in the box
Psu96::how fast is Manningham?
78Lion::the frosh is their best deep threat BobLichtenfels: He's pretty quick i would say a legit 4.5
mrfolks::over/under on Poz tackles?
78Lion::Is JK going to play #2 CB some
BobLichtenfels::Poz is sick
BobLichtenfels::I still say he's the best backer in the nation
mrfolks::he's never out of position
liftin::poz = 19 tackles, 2 sacks
KokobewareHI::poz or ditka? :)
shpsu::Anyone think there could eb more to the cancelled visits than just distraction?
78Lion::Poz or Poz
liftin::poz = minny ditka
BobLichtenfels::Ditka was way before my era (HailtotheLion left)
mrfolks::shp, what do you mean?
BobLichtenfels::You mean that PSU didn't want them to come?
Psu96::I think you're trying to read something into the situation that isn't there shpsu.
shpsu::Do you really want Ben Tate there when you are trying to extract a verbal from McCoy? For example. BobLichtenfels: hell yeah, put the pressure on and take your chances
Psu96::McQueary wanted as many kids there as he could possibly have
BobLichtenfels::nothing can make a kid say yes faster then another kid right there to take his spot BobLichtenfels: i think thats why latimore and maybin committed now
mrfolks::McQuery was such a perfect hire... I was initially skeptical
CharlestonLion::getting nervous about the Michigan game...
JoeBB::koko, you're up early, eh? isn't it something like 5am in HI?
CharlestonLion::isn't there suuposed to be a recruit announcing for PSU today?
BobLichtenfels::lol, no that was a rumor on the audibles board yesterday
Psu96::two announcements Monday
liftin::so how many psu fans will be in the big house? i've read that psu fans are buying a lot of tickets but have no idea what kind of numbers that translates to.
mrfolks::there's plenty for sale
KokobewareHI::Joe...I'm on the east coast this week. mrfolks: i turned down four freebies this am liftin: freebies! wow
CharlestonLion::I hope Bell verbals to us...what a great pick up at WR
mrfolks::didn't have anyone on short notice to give them to
Psu96::probably 6-8,000 liftin. PSU gets a 5,000 ticket allotment as it is. Then you have people like my brother who has a friend at UM and snagged tickets through her.
liftin::wish i had a free weekend to get out there. i was in the house in 2002.. left a bad aftertaste. joshuag: What are odds PSU lands McCoy?
BobLichtenfels::i may have to venture to a college game saturday, i got tickets given to me for pitt/USF and WVU/Louisville
Psu96::honestly, I think they're better since the injury
BobLichtenfels::what times is state on
JoeBB::gotcha, koko... now when you're ready to go home, let me know, and i'll join you! haha (Cafe210 joined)
Psu96::go to Morgantown. That place is nuts! Great venue to watch a game.
CharlestonLion::that Dokish article sounded good for McCoy
BobLichtenfels::tape state and go to another game mrfolks: wvu/loisville will be a good game liftin: guys im out. enjoy the game. BEAT MICHIGAN Psu96: pay no attention to that Dokish article.
Psu96: PSU is in good shape with McCoy, but Dokish's credibility is pretty much nil
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BigMurna::I'm interested to see what happens w/ Pitt/USF tomorrow.
Cafe210::I like that he is talking about staying close to home though...
BobLichtenfels::96 have you ever seen the movie wrong turn?
Psu96::no. Is that the cannibal movie?
BobLichtenfels::If you have you'd be scared of WV mrfolks: lol
shpsu::I agree 96er but why would a Pitt guy manufacture an article that trashes Pitt's chances and pumps up PSU?
Psu96::I went to WVU-Pitt 2 years ago with a WVU grad. It was fantastic
Psu96::shpsu, Dokish supposedly provides a look at recruiting for all PA teams
BobLichtenfels::I went last year it was the first pitt game i was at in 3 years and it was 28 degrees BobLichtenfels: i thought my cheeks would freeze to the seat
mrfolks::Pitt-WVU on thanksgiving day again this year? BobLichtenfels: The backyard brawl is always a good one
shpsu::Bob, you should have been at PSU-Notre Dame in the early 90's it was 0 degrees!
PlaybookMark::One of te unsung heroes overlooked on this staff is Vanderlinden - they guy has rebuilt Linebacker U.
BobLichtenfels::I couldn't do that, i'd rather stay home
78Lion::Ok worst game ever '74 Navy
mrfolks::mark- i agree- not much being said about him PlaybookMark: Mr. Yeah Vandy is totally overlooked shpsu: Bob, any thoughts on AJ Wallace and PSU? mrfolks: did wonders with tim shaw this offseason mrfolks: or so it seems
BobLichtenfels::I wouldn't be surprised to see someone try and hire him after the season as a head coach 78Lion: didn't directional Michigan try last year or year before
BobLichtenfels::shp he's still looking it will be a while, if he schedules an official then they have a shot
PlaybookMark::I think Vandy stays personally BobLichtenfels: My guess is bradley gets the head job and vandy gets D-coord
PlaybookMark::This staff has four potential head coaches on it - Vandy, LJ, Bradley and Hall mrfolks: What happens to LJ?
78Lion::Hall isn't going anywhere except home after Joe retires
BobLichtenfels::Make LJ a very high paid DL coach PlaybookMark: 78 I am not saying Hall will be a HC - just that he could be
PlaybookMark::If Bradley takes over I see LJ becoming DC
mrfolks::not joke- he makes whatever they apy hi in recruiting alone
Psu96::LJ doesn't want to leave State College. I bet they either name him DC or DL/Assistant Head Coach like the Steelers did with Russ Grimm when they named Whisenhunt the OC
78Lion::LJ even bigger this year with all the MD recruits we could get
BobLichtenfels::If someone big offers vandy he cant stay just to coach backers, unless he's had enough of being the head guy
Psu96::LJ also handles Harrisburg, so he's responsible for McCoy
BobLichtenfels::LJ is a machine this year mrfolks: i'll bet mccoy is a group effort 78Lion: didn't he visit shady in the hospital PlaybookMark: Vandy could go, but he is very greatful to Joe for helping him when he was down
Psu96::Most recruits are a team effort mrfolks. The regional recruiter makes first contact and then gets the kid in touch with the position coach so that they have all bases covered.
PSUSem::speaking of coaches, has anyone watched the awful job amato has done at NC State? i watched them again last night and it's painful
78Lion::maybe get fat ralphie. Another MD coach that can't win with his own talent
PlaybookMark::Friedgen won with Vandy's team - once that dried up so did his success
BobLichtenfels::sometimes 96, but honestly i have never heard a recruit like Mccoy or tate mention the RB coach at PSU its always LJ
LexLion::NC State has had MAJOR troubles since Rivers left. Defense is overrated.
78Lion::don't think Hall does much in recruiting? Psu96: Galen Hall is the running backs coach. He doesn't do a whole lot of recruiting
BobLichtenfels::I have never heard his name mentioned LexLion: Actually, the enigma of that group of the ACC is Virginia. Is there a coach out there besides Carr that gets the least out of the most than Groh? Psu96: doesn't surprise me Bob
PSUSem::they're just so undiscplined... 5 offsides penalties in the first half alone... i bet practice is like lord of the flies
shpsu::Precisely why Hall won't be ahead coach again. He has apparently zero involvement with recruiting. PlaybookMark: Hall doesn't recruit much, but he is an asset to recruiting - when they bring in backs it helps to say this is the guy who coached Emmitt Smith shpsu: No doubt Mark.
BobLichtenfels::there's a lot of schools that do that like one of their coordinators will barely if at all recruit
Psu96::With LJ as the main recruiter, you don't really need anyone else involved unless there's a specific question for a position coach. Joe Paterno is probably the other person involved with McCoy
mrfolks::i think he just likes the X's and O's and leaves recruiting to the experts
PlaybookMark::Hall is PSU's NFL angle on recruiting... 78Lion: I liked the comment I saw earlier . Groh is the Queen of getting the least out of the most. Soon to assume the throne from Mack Brown
BobLichtenfels::whoa, I wouldn't pass the torch yet Scrap is still the man
mrfolks::i heard scrap's nickname is the grim reaper 78Lion: nickname from rival coaches
PlaybookMark::Scap's nickname is Scrap :) mrfolks: a guy can have two nicknames :) (WeRPSUPlaybook joined)
PlaybookMark::The question is how PSU's offense handles the UM defense - which has nothing to lose (joshuag left)
mrfolks::what do you think they'll do, Mark? shpsu: If PSU can have succes throwing over the middle this one will get ugly quick.
PlaybookMark::I think they take a lot of risks pressuring the pocket and trying to put Robinson on edge
WeRPSUPlaybook::Michigan's secondary is suspect. UM will have to get pressure on Robinson quick WeRPSUPlaybook: or the PSU receivers will burn them shpsu: How about a screen to DWill or JK and catch them in an all out blitz?
mrfolks::i have been waiting for a screen all year PlaybookMark: You have to use some screens and draws to counter the pressure
Psu96::they used the draw very effectively against OSU's pressure
PlaybookMark::The ironoy of it all is that UM is calling for Henne to be benched
WeRPSUPlaybook::Gutierez was the heir apparent at UM until he was injured and Henne stepped in - I'm not surprised at the qb controversy
mrfolks::don't be suprised if gutierrez sees some time PlaybookMark: Gutierez was shafted - the guy has a lot of talent but got overlooked
mrfolks::he did have a shoulder injury last year PlaybookMark: I believe it was a shouler WeRPSUPlaybook: It's tough to sideline a quarterback who is winning.. but Michigan is not winning this year with regularity..
PlaybookMark::People didn't realize how good Edwards was he caught everything Henne threw within 10 yards of him
WeRPSUPlaybook::Sometimes it doesn't matter.. PSU was not winning with regularity last year, and we all know there was no qb change.
78Lion::last year...I don't remember last year mrfolks: alright fellas- hope to see some of you there tomorrow! i'll be the one wearing white! mrfolks: WE ARE...
PlaybookMark::I am still amazed PSU came out of that OSU game as healthy as can be hoped for
WeRPSUPlaybook::PSU controls the path to the Big Ten championship, but they must stay focused each week and take care of business - beginning tomorrow. (PennStatePigskin joined)
PennStatePigskin::Does the chat begin at noon? WeRPSUPlaybook: usually gets rolling about 11, Pigskin