Cup of Joe: August 22

We’re switching things up behind the scenes here at Nittany Lion’s Den with some staff members moving in to campus and preparing for the upcoming academic year, but we’re still committed to providing you Penn State fans with some links to check out every morning before heading to those 8 A.M. classes or your job. For now, I’ll be taking over the responsibility of scouring the Internet for some quality reading material.

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Penn State’s Powell a vision of versatility – Frank Bodani, York Daily Record

Penn State reporter Frank Bodani had a column profiling the fascinating tale of Chaz Powell. Is he a player that has failed to live up to expectations to you? Is he a valuable player to have on the roster?

Penn St. is having a rigorous preseason – Jake Kaplan, The Philadelphia Inquirer

By all accounts, Penn State’s training this camp has been tougher than usual. Penn State fans should smile hearing that after watching the Nittany Lions be pushed around by not only Alabama, Ohio State, Iowa and Michigan State, but Temple and Illinois as well.

What’s Next for Miami? – The Crystal Ball Run

Last week Yahoo! Sports played a straight flush against the Miami Hurricanes, and many are speculating that Al Golden’s tenure in Miami may be short-lived as he looks to get out of his contract early. The team over at Bloguin’s college football blog, The Crystal Ball Run, discusses what happens in Miami, including the thought that Golden could be looking for his way out of Coral Gables. Penn State rumor mills already turning.

Big Ten preseason bowl projections – ESPN.com

Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett, ESPN.com’s Big Ten blogger duo, predict Penn State playing in the Gator Bowl against an SEC team.

Breaking down why Penn State is not a Top 25 team – Kevin McGuire, Bleacher Report

On Saturday we learned that Penn State was not ranked in the AP Top 25. Not too much of a surprise, but I break down seven reasons why Penn State is not ranked in the preseason poll on Bleacher Report.

Video: Georgia’s Nike Pro Combat uniform – No 2-Minute Warning

C’mon, are they really that bad?

Pryor has pro day, won’t appeal suspension – Associated Press, via Daily Local News

Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor will get a chance to be drafted in to the NFL, and he will not contend the five game suspension sanctioned by the NFL, effectively holding up his NCAA punishment. It’s nice that Roger Goodell did what seems to be the right thing with Pryor’s suspension, but the NCAA was also keeping him off the field for five games. There is no chance Pryor would sniff the field in the first five games of the NFL season, regardless of position.

Kevin McGuire

About Kevin McGuire

Managing editor of Crystal Ball Run and contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Member of the FWAA and National Football Foundation. College Football Hall of Fame voter. Also managing Bloguin's NittanyLionsDen.com and Macho-Row.com.

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