Plans for Beaver Stadium makeover to be revealed, Tony Carr named to Big Ten all-freshman team and more

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Some thoughts on Beaver Stadium’s looming facelift

Penn State will unveil its facilities master plan report on Monday, at which point the future of Beaver Stadium and other athletic venues will be revealed.

No telling what this will mean for a football stadium that has occupied its current site since 1960, and has grown from a seating capacity of some 46,000 to its current 106,572. speculates that there will be a renovation and capacity reduction, though the details remain a mystery.

Certainly it will be a costly venture, and Mike Poorman of examined the price tags for other stadium renovations in recent years. On the low end, he writes, there is the ongoing $42 million job at Ohio Stadium. On the high end, there was the $485 million job completed at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field in 2015.

That’s an enormous disparity, but no one can argue that the Beave needs a facelift. Through the years there have been other expansions and renovations, notably a $100 million makeover in 2001. The result is a stadium that looks exactly like what it is – a structure that has been pieced together. Some uniformity would be nice.

So too would a façade to cover all the ugly, exposed girders. And the press box remains ridiculously antiquated.

The stadium has its appealing features. The luxury boxes are luxurious. The video screens are amazing. The field itself is great.

And the crowds that regularly fill the place give the Lions as great a home-field advantage as any school. When the fans are rocking and the press box is shaking, it is alternately concerning and invigorating.

But the place needs to be remodeled, without question.

Carr honored

Tony Carr, point guard for the PSU men’s basketball team, was named Monday to the Big Ten All-Freshman team. He also was an honorable mention all-conference choice by the media.

The 6-3 Carr is one of three Penn State freshmen from Philadelphia’s Roman Catholic High School – Lamar Stevens and Nazeer Bostick are the others – and he leads the Lions (14-17) in scoring (13.2) and assists (4.2) heading into Wednesday’s Big Ten Tournament game against Nebraska (12-18).

Carr, whose 130 assists are a program record for freshmen, is seventh in the conference in that department, and 18th in scoring. He is 12th in free-throw percentage (77.0), and he averages 4.6 rebounds a game.

There are some obvious areas in which he needs to improve. He is shooting 39 percent from the floor and 33.7 percent from 3-point range, and his assist/turnover ratio of 1.6 (130 assists/81 turnovers) is just 12th-best in the Big Ten.

The best of Barkley

Lions running backs coach Charles Huff tweeted out a video clip of Saquon Barkley executing what Huff labeled the “Euro Escape Step” in the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin. Whatever you want to call it, it is a reminder of just how special a player Barkley is.

In addition, Mark Allen, one of Barkley’s backups, tweeted out a photo of the two of them, along with wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton and safety Marcus Allen, after a workout with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott in Orlando.

Barkley isn’t wearing a shirt, leading to a display that is almost as impressive as the above run.

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