Cup of Joe: The long path to MetLife Stadium starts now

The off-season is officially here for Penn State. Recruiting and a spring practice schedule is now in the books and that means it is time to officially look forward to the 2013 season. After the Blue White Game this past weekend, I think there are some reasons to feel optimistic about the upcoming season. We'll be here for you along the path to MetLife Stadium with some daily links for recommended reading and more.

He can play multiple positions, but defensive coordinator John Butler says Adrian Amos will play safety. (Onward State)

Penn State added a four-star wide receiver to the Class of 2014, with De'Andre Thompkins getting on board. (Victory Bell Rings)

Speaking of recruiting, could Penn State be focusing a little too much on skill position players? (Black Shoe Diaries)

The B1G Time steps back on to the hard court with a look back at the Penn State men's basketball season.

By the way, 130 days until Penn state and Syracuse kick off in MetLife Stadium.

Around the Big Ten

The NFL Draft is this week, but will any Big Ten players have a shot at being drafted Thursday night? The B1G Time takes a look.

Spring game round-ups for Michigan State, Wisconsin (and Penn State).

Has the ACC put an end to realignment? Maybe. (Crystal Ball Run)

Jim Delany, master of the newsdump. (SB Nation)

Success With Honor

Bill O'Brien ranks 13th among all football coaches in college football. Nick Saban takes top honors of course, but Big Ten coaches Urban Meyer (No. 2) and Pat Fitzgerald (No. 8) are ranked ahead of him. (Sporting News)

Kind of like the homecoming logo for 2013. (Onward State)

In Scores of Other Games…

Central Florida scored a victory against the NCAA. The Golden Knights will be eligible for postseason play this year after winning an appeal against a one-year postseason ban. The timing is great for the school and The American. Penn State hosts Central Florida this September.

As referenced earlier, the NFL Draft is this week. Our friends from Optimum Scouting have you covered with a draft preview guide you can download on to your e-reader.

Alabama's D.J. Fluker tweeted he took money, but the agent says his account was hacked. Plausible. (Crystal Ball Run)

Site News

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Coming up later today we will have a brief Q&A with Optimum Scouting discussing some Penn State prospects.

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Kevin McGuire

About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com and AthlonSports.com. Member of the FWAA and National Football Foundation. College Football Hall of Fame voter. Also managing The Sports Daily's NittanyLionsDen.com and Macho-Row.com. Can also be seen contributing to TheComeback.com and TheStudentSection.com.

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