Penn State opens spring practice today, so it was about time to return to our daily weekday feature, rounding up some of the Penn State coverage from around the Internet to start your day. That's right, it's the Cup of Joe, our way of getting your morning and day started with the info you need while sipping on your first coffee of the day. As longtime readers will remember, it is obviously a nod to the late Joe Paterno as well.
Now that your Keurig has finished spewing out your Green Mountain K-Cup of choice (I'm currently enjoying a nice Vanilla Biscotti cup), let's get to it.
What's the most important part of the spring for Penn State? Find a quarterback, according to Rich Scarcella's spring preview in The Reading Eagle.
With spring practice opening up, many fans will be watching the progress made by newcomer Adam Breneman. According to Audrey Snyder of PennLive.com, Breneman will be participating in full this spring, which is very positive news. Personally, I would not be shocked if he ends up redshirting this season but he could very well be in the tight end mix this fall.
Also from Audrey, names on the jerseys in 2013? We'll have to wait and see.
Over on Crystal Ball Run I took some time to provide my brief preview of Penn State's spring football storylines, positions of concern and more. I also previewed Michigan and we also have Michigan State covered, if you want a look at another Big Ten team just getting underway this spring.
- One of the bigger topics this weekend not directly tied to Penn State but still within the Big Ten is the news that Maryland will receive a $20-30 million subsidy from the Big Ten to cover increasing travel costs. Many of you shared with us your feelings about this news, and an overwhelming amount of you told us something along the lines of it being more than Maryland is worth. Remember, Maryland is buried in some massive debt so this should be a temporary form of aid, and this can be the cost of expanding because you can.
- Connecticut is going to add 2,000 seats to their stadium for a home game against Michigan.
- Ohio State won the Big Ten men's basketball championship, defeating Wisconsin 50-43 on Sunday. The Buckeyes now lead the conference with four Big Ten tournament championships. Had they not been ineligible for the football championship, Ohio State (likely) would have been the first Big Ten school to clinch both football and men's basketball championship outright since 2007 when Ohio State pulled off the two titles.
- The Big Ten placed seven teams in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, and Wisconsin all will be dancing starting this week. Iowa was invited to play in the NIT (faces Indiana State in round one) and Purdue will face Western Illinois in the College Basketball Invitational starting Wednesday.
Success With Honor
- Dan Connor, Penn State's all-time leading tackler, has been signed by the New York Giants.
- Penn State junior guard Maggie Lucas was named a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award by the Los Angeles Athletic Club, it was announced on Wednesday.
In scores of other games…
- Silas Redd, done for the spring at USC with a torn meniscus.
- Pittsburgh received an eight seed in the men's basketball tournament and faces Wichita State in round one. Winner plays the winner of Wisconsin vs. Ole Miss in the West Region being played in Sal Lake City.
- Villanova will face North Carolina in round one in the 8/9 game, where the winner will be likely paired up with Kansas in Kansas City. Temple is also in the 8/9 match-up in the South, playing NC State. The winner will likely face Indiana in round two, also being played in Kansas City.
- LaSalle is dancing for the first time in 21 years, but they must beat Boise State in the play-in game Wednesday night in Dayton. The winner gets a 13 seed and faces Kansas State in Kansas City on Friday.
- Bucknell picked up an 11 seed and takes on annual Cinderella hopeful Butler in round one in Lexington.
Our thoughts go out to the victims of a terrible bus accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Saturday morning. The Seton Hill women's lacrosse team was involved in the bus accident, sending three teammates to the hospital where they continue to recover and killing their coach, Kristina Quigley.
Seton Hill canceled both of their games scheduled this weekend, against Millersville and Grand Valley State. When they return to the field of play, I'm sure they will be a team everyone rallies around.