Penn State adds 2 more commits, Saquon Barkley amazes again, and more
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To the laptop, Robin
A Twitter account called Evil James Franklin displays a Photoshopped version of Penn State’s coach responding to the Nittany Lions’ logo as if it were the bat signal, every time his team gets another verbal commitment from a high school prospect.
At this rate, the lightbulbs in the signal are going to be burned out. The commitments Sunday of kicker Jake Pinegar and wide receiver Daniel George made it five prospects who have pledged to the Lions since Friday, when the Lasch Bash commenced.
Defensive tackle Judge Culpepper committed on Friday, and quarterback Will Levis and wideout Shaquon Anderson-Butts followed suit on Saturday.
Look, up in the sky …
Running back Saquon Barkley, who is approaching superhero status, bench-pressed 225 pounds 30 times at Saturday’s Lift for Life. He also told Mark Wogenrich of The (Allentown) Morning Call that he can “continue to grow as a player, as a person, as a leader of this team.”
National title or bust
Tackle Andrew Nelson, who vowed to be ready for the regular season after missing half of last year with a knee injury, said he and his teammates “aren’t settling for anything less than a shot at the national championship this year.” John McMonigal of the Centre Daily Times reports.
Mike Gross of LNP Media Group analyzes college programs that in recent years have undergone a renaissance, and concludes that the 11-3 finish by the Lions last year was far from a blip – that even greater things await the program in the years ahead.
Former officials jailed
Former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and university vice president Gary Schultz began serving prison sentences for their roles in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal on Saturday, reports Lori Falce of the Centre Daily Times. Falce adds that ex-university president Graham Spanier, who is appealing his sentence, was in the meantime seen playing the washboard at the Central Pennsylvania Festival for the Arts.
Al Pacino as Joe Paterno
HBO released a photo of Al Pacino as Joe Paterno, which in turn was tweeted by Deadline Hollywood (below), as the run-up continues to Barry Levinson’s as-yet-untitled film about the Sandusky scandal. Pennlive.com then ran a side-by-side comparison with a photo of Paterno, who died in 2012.
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) July 16, 2017