Sunday Sports MailBag

PSU not improving under Chambers

It is interesting to compare the coaches and rosters of the Penn State and Iowa basketball programs. Fran McCaffrey is in his seventh season at Iowa. He has never had a losing season and has gone to the NIT and three NCAA tournaments. Pat Chambers just wrapped up his sixth season with ...

Game Commission over-stepping bounds

Commentary I am writing about the ringneck stamp that the Pennsylvania Game Commission is voting on in March. The understanding I have is that adult hunting license holders with lifetime licenses will have to buy this stamp. My lifetime license is a contract between the Pennsylvania State ...

Whistle-happy officials can spoil game

I want to offer my opinion without causing any grief for fully committed, hard working basketball officials. I have lived a very long basketball life and have seen it all so to speak. But I have absolutely no time for any group of PIAA officials who unknowingly take the game away from the ...

Irwin’s right: Wrestling deserves TV deal

I am writing this as a result of Todd Irwin’s column on Flo Wrestling dropping the ball on delivering the Penn State-Oklahoma State match for the NWCA Dual Championship Series title to thousands of fans of high school and collegiate wrestling. In short, there is no excuse, and Flo ...

Again, PSU basketball disappoints

Not long ago, I was praising Penn State basketball coach Pat Chambers, believing signs he was turning this program around in a positive direction. Tonight, I watched this underachieving squad embarrassed by a Nebraska team that was 4-10 going into the game. The Nittany Lions were ...

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Having lived through the complete history of professional football, I can say that although they retain some rules of the game, it is obviously no longer a sport. Through most of its history, players were ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct and therefore avoided such actions. On the very ...

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Patriots have advantage with added motivation A neat story in the NFL has emerged on Chris Hogan, a former Penn State lacrosse player  now a football player with the New England Patriots. I am really happy for him. As for today’s big game, I am taking New England over the Atlanta ...

Reforms could end signing-day circus

The first Wednesday of February in college football has become a celebration of hat-picking suspense and hopeful speculation. Schools use national signing day to excite their fans, market the program and impress future recruits with a flashy welcome. On one day, thousands of high school ...

Chambers has PSU on the right track

Penn State men’s basketball coach Pat Chambers appears to have turned the program around. He has changed the culture of a losing program to some semblance of respectability and competitiveness in the Big Ten. Last Saturday at the Palestra on the University of Pennsylvania campus, Chambers ...

Game saw great sportsmanship

Commentary I enjoyed reading Neil Rudel’s comments about the Rose Bowl, but there is one thing that I’d like to see mentioned. The sportsmanship between the Nittany Lions and Trojans was the best I’ve seen anywhere in quite some time. In a day when most athletes, especially in ...

Coach can’t taint BG achievement

Does everyone realize what an incredible feat Bishop Guilfoyle has accomplished in winning three straight PIAA football championships? Instead, too many people have dismissed this as a private school with unimaginable recruiting powers. Even the Clairton coach made reference to this among ...

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Lions need to act       ‘like they’ve been there’ One cultural aspect of Penn State football under Joe Paterno that I believe eroded under Bill O’Brien and continues to erode under James Franklin is the “act like you’ve been there before” culture. Hand the ball back to ...

Money driving football playoff

Commentary What I can see and hear from all of the pundits, PSU had zero chance to make the four-team dog-and-pony show, no matter whom, no matter what. With that said, the system is better than it was, but it’s still based on style points and bias. Ohio State and Michigan, for a ...

Franklin, PSU have earned trust

Commentary I wrote to the Mailbag back in January of this year, expressing my unconditional support for James Franklin, despite the many naysayers who claimed that his coaching style may not be a good fit for Happy Valley. This followup is not intended to serve as an, “I told you ...

Be careful about reducing stadium

Commentary Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour stated she wants to reduce the capacity of Beaver Stadium to 100,000 (NitWits, Oct. 16, 2016), for a better fan experience. If she had her druthers, there would have been 7,000 fans denied the opportunity to experience the PSU-Ohio ...

Janocko, Tiracorda a cut above

Commentary There has not been enough said about the fine coaching this area has in our local sports programs. Although winning is always the goal in any game, it is not the primary focus of a good coach.  Building character, discipline and teamwork is the most important objective in the ...

Competitors chip away at ESPN

Commentary Since 1979, sports fans have mostly known one and only one outlet for sports on television: ESPN. In point of act, nobody really knew about ESPN during those first few years of its existence, but it quickly built a following and filled a niche. As earlier brand names, ...

Altoona in need of new affiliation

Watching Altoona’s heartbreaking loss to Pittsburgh Central Catholic again reminded me of the recurring questions such as why are we in the WPIAL and why isn’t the athletic council reviewing options? It is well documented where our illustrious athletic director, Phil Riccio, stands on the ...

Give Franklin credit for improvement

Why does the Sunday Sports Mailbag consistently publish anti-James Franklin letters?Is it simply to provoke readers so they will be compelled to respond?Well, if this was the case, your scheme was successful.The Mailbag frequently publishes letters from a gentleman from Texas who recently ...

PSU job would still attract candidates

Cory Giger provided another good commentary in the Sept. 26 Mirror that essentially supports James Franklin as head coach for the Penn State football team through the 2017 season.With all due respect to Giger, who is much closer to the program than I am, I personally don't think things are ...