Before I get to the guts of today’s update, I urge everyone to head over to the Post Gazette’s website and check out the piece colleague Colin Dunlap wrote on the Steelers’ Tyrone Carter and his brother.
I don’t stray from the PSU coverage much, but this is worth a read and I haven’t seen anyone else come up with this story either. Journalism at its finest for CD.
Now, on to the day’s business. Penn State’s schedule. After rumors and speculation the “official” schedule was released yesterday, no changes, though as PSU SID Jeff Nelson told me, it’s only January.
Nelson said he heard rumors of a date with UNC to replace one of the games on the current docket. Blue White Illustrated said maybe Wake Forrest, I’ve heard Utah and Missouri.
Out of those four choices, something has to give. Penn State cannot have eight home games, of which some are against Akron, Eastern Illinois, Syracuse and Temple and expect to get any love from the BCS if they go on a table running excursion again in 2009.
Heck, by default, they should win 10 games in 2009.
Of those four possible replacements, Missouri is the best fit. They apparently have an open date on Oct. 10, the same day that PSU plays EIU, smack in the middle of the Big Ten slate. I’m not sure that anyone would want a game against another BCS quality opponent in the middle of the conference schedule, but if it has to work that way, it has to work that way.
For what it’s worth Blue White Illustrated’s Nate Bauer and Phil Grosz sat down with former PSU offensive coordinator turned admistrator Fran Ganter yesterday and Ganter discussed how things are set up well in advance and that the Oregon State made-for-ESPN matchup last season was a once in a lifetime type thing.
So really, does it look like anything is going to happen? Not in the near future (IE right now), but Bauer reported that Ganter did play a voicemail from the Virginia Tech AD asking about a home-and-home 2018-2019….so there is good news about the schedule…..maybe…..10 years a way.