Cup of Joe: Penn State Caravan underway

The new spring tradition of sorts, the Penn State coaches caravan, got started yesterday with bus stops in Reading and Philadelphia for Bill O'Brien and Pat Chambers. As far as football was concerned, scholarship management was top topic of the day with O'Brien explaining that his team will be at 67 scholarships on campus but likely to be at 64 scholarship players on the field. That puts Penn State ahead of NCAA sanction schedule to get to 65 scholarships for 2014, and could mean the Nittany Lions are operating at a scholarship level below a typical FCS program this fall.

Also, O'Brien continued to hint that Penn State is getting closer to a potential overseas trip to Ireland. He also hinted that Tyler Ferguson probably has a leg up on the quarterback picture for the fall but Christian Hackenberg will get a fair shot at competing for the starting job under center.

Video courtesy of Comcast Sportsnet in Philadelphia.

Bill O'Brien: We'll be below FCS scholarship numbers. [Altoona Mirror]

Bill O'Brien wants to rethink Blue White Game strategy. []

Zack Zwinak will miss half of training camp. [Reading Eagle]

No, Johnny U won't start at QB for Penn State. [Reading Eagle]

Penn State works on getting QB Hackenberg up to speed. []

Bill O'Brien spreads his message in Philly. []

Matt McGloin will be in a rookie camp with the Washington Redskins this weekend. [Nittany Lions Den]

If you missed it, Penn State kicks off against Michigan at 5 p.m. and against Ohio State at 8 p.m. [Nittany Lions Den]

Judge postpones hearing over Penn State suit filed by the state. [AP]

Were you a part of any of the top five Beaver Stadium crowds? [Victory Bell Rings]

Small sample size, but our Facebook poll shows fans would prefer to see Maryland be scheduled as Penn State's regular season finale opponent once the new conference schedule goes in to effect. [Facebook]

Penn State gets credit (some blame?) for the addition of Seven Nation Army to the soundtrack of NCAA Football 14. [EA Sports]

Around the Big Ten

Bill O'Brien said the Big Ten East will be a "murderer's row." With Ohio State and Michigan in the mix, it certainly is being perceived that way. But will it really be that lopsided compared to the West? [Football Study Hall]

Wisconsin and LSU scheduling a game in Lambeau Field would be awesome for a number of reasons. [Crystal Ball Run]

Nebraska had the feel-good story of the spring with Jack Hoffman getting a chance to run for a touchdown. On Monday Hoffman got a chance to visit President Barack Obama at the White House. [FOX Sports]

A look at the Big Ten recruiting scene. [Black Shoe Diaries]

In scores of other games…

Pitt has dismissed two players, tight end Drew Carswell and defensive back Eric Williams, and suspended one more (defensive tackle Khaynin Mosley-Smith) in response to recent drug paraphernalia possession charges. [AP]

LSU has indefinitely suspended last year's leading rusher, Jeremy Hill. Video surveillance may explain why. [College Football Talk]

SEC commissioner Mike Slive wants "experts" on the College Football Playoff selection committee. I'm available. [AP]

Maryland's QB issues were so bad last year they had to move a linebacker to the starting job late last season. He is now returning to his defensive position. [FOX Sports Carolinas]

Is college football ready for an openly gay player? [Sports Illustrated]

Texas A&M planning to expand Kyle Field to over 100,000 seats. [College Football Talk]

Oregon Fiesta Bowl rings are nice. [Gamedayr]

Alabama is a 22-point favorite in week one against Virginia Tech. Roll Tide. [Kegs 'N Eggs]


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