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PSU volleyball coverage lacking

December 30, 2007
The Altoona Mirror
What does the Penn State women’s volleyball team have to do to get coverage on the front page of the Altoona Mirror sports section?

I traveled to Sacramento see Penn State in the NCAA Final Four. It was an incredible experience seeing the Penn State win the national championship. The atmosphere at the Arco Arena was electric, and there was a big following from Penn State.

Then I arrive home to see the Altoona Mirror bury PSU winning a national championship on Page C9 on the bottom of the page.

Not that I know the newspaper business, but on the front page of the Sunday Mirror is an article about the Michigan football job opening. It’s the second day in a row that Rich Rodriguez was the top story in the sports section. He was being quizzed about the Michigan vacancy with nothing conclusive happened at the time.

I recognize that the volleyball match started at 9 p.m. Eastern time, but it’s just the overall mentality of coverage for volleyball. Where is the staffed coverage of Penn State women in the NCAA regional semifinal and final?

The Penn State women’s volleyball team reached the pinnacle of its sport. What is the criteria for coverage? Certainly athletic accomplishment should merit consideration.

If the Mirror would give more than token coverage to the sport of volleyball, they would recognize that there’s great volleyball being played in this area for college women and men and high school boys and girls.

I don’t know how you determine what gets covered, but you have a year to reconsider coverage of Penn State women’s volleyball. They return all six starters and they will make a run at back-to-back NCAA titles.

Bill Wolf


Loss of Norwood will hurt

I feel the loss of Brian Norwood to Baylor will be more detrimental to the Penn State football program than many believe.

He has a lot of ties and his skills are going to be hard to replace.

I think Rich Rodriguez’s move to Michigan will take star quarterback Terrelle Pryor along.

Michigan’s Ryan Mallett is not a spread offense type of quarterback, and if Pryor goes to UM, I think the spot will be wide open for a young Pryor to earn a starting spot before the end of his freshmen year.

Pryor would have to be really in love with PSU or just plain nuts to not take a Michigan offer!

Watch out for Texas defensive back, D’Anton Lynn, to change his commitment, too.

Look for many more recruiting setbacks of one sort or another before signing day as PSU not developing a Paterno succession plan will be devastating!

Penn State is on a very dangerous path.

Barry Rex

Poquoson Va.

JoePa taking PSU down

For those few still in denial, it is time to recognize that since the turn of the century, other than 2005, Penn State is an insignificant player in the Big Ten. At best we are a middle of the pack team in a generally average conference.

What is so sad is that this has not always been the case and, given our talent, should not be happening.

Prior to the infamous three-game 1999 national championship collapse, Penn State was a respectable 6-7 against Ohio State and Michigan. We even beat Michigan three years in a row. Since then, we are 2-13 with no wins over Michigan.

Each autumn as our excitement grows and the questions fly asking whether we can beat Michigan, OSU or any other Top 20 Big Ten school, the question(s) really should be: “Do you think we can score a touchdown, score in double figures, or do you think we will embarrass ourselves again?”

Our road record is terrible. Since joining the Big Ten, we are 0-for-Columbus; 0-for-Michigan since 1996 no matter where we play and nine times out of 10 we will lose to Big Ten teams having good years at their home fields.

No one can convince me that Penn State is not getting the talent. Our recruits are just not being developed and in many cases they seem to regress.

There is no doubt that JoePa has been the best thing that ever happened to Penn State, and this should and will always be recognized. You would hope, however, that his friends and family would pull him aside, convince him to step down and do what is best for Penn State.

If this has been tried, it obviously has not worked up to this point. Consequently, it is truly sad that JoePa would allow his selfishness to continue to diminish a once proud and feared football program.

Tim Muri

Naperville, Ill.

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