Penn State Football: Never Too Early Season Preview


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The mystery of Christian Hackenberg NFL Draft stock is captivating NFL and college football scholars across the nation. Ever since he became the leader of Penn State football, Hackenberg has made for a fascinating character study. He won Big Ten freshman of the year during his one season in Bill O’Brien’s system. His numbers were so prolific that draftniks everywhere started penciling him as the #1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Then last year happened, and he took a very significant step back. However, he also closed the campaign with the finest game of his young career in the Pinstripe Bowl.

Let the over-analysis of pervasive talking points commence! It’s time for the Never Too Early Penn State football season preview.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (6/25/15)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.  Our NBA mock draft also appears on NBA.com’s consensus mock draft.

Check out a list of who has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.

You can check out my NBA team needs pages posted at WalterFootball.com.

Be sure to check out our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (6/25/15)


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Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

Our NBA mock draft also appears on NBA.com’s consensus mock draft.

Check out a list of who has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.

You can check out my NBA team needs pages posted at WalterFootball.com.

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2015 College Basketball transfers list (6-5-15)


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College basketball transfers are becoming a growing trend.  Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2015-16 season.  Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.

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Christian Hackenberg leads top 6 NFL QB prospects list


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It’s not too early to talk top quarterback prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft. In fact, lots of people have already been doing it for quite some time. And here at this link you can find our 2016 NFL mock draft (version 1.0 we did back in January) with six signal callers in it.

Christian Hackenberg leads the way; yes even despite the very poor 2014 season that he had. There’s an amazing confluence of factors at work here: bad OL, lack of depth at WR, system wasn’t suited to his talents. We’ve covered this in excruciating detail.

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VIDEO: Keith Olbermann issues apology to Penn State


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ESPN sports and political pundit Keith Olbermann returned from his suspension yesterday. He was removed for four days, due to his insensitive remarks on Twitter regarding Penn State University and their philanthropy. (more on all that here)

His mea culpa opened the show and overall it was a bit…well, you can watch it below and make up your own mind first. See if your impression of it matches my reaction to it.

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Adnan Virk to fill in for the suspended Keith Olbermann


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(Update: Adnan Virk, who filled for Keith at the last minute yesterday, will also fill in tonight and Friday)

ESPN has suspended sports and political pundit Keith Olbermann for four days, due to his insensitive remarks on Twitter regarding Penn State University.

The statement reads as follows:

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Big Ten Basketball: 17 worst losses this Pre-Conference season


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“Our effort was not up to standard tonight which i take very personally,” said Northwestern Coach Chris Collins after losing at home by 13 to a middle tier MAC team.

“I can’t explain it. If I had an answer for it I would tell you guys. We got out-everythinged,” he continued.

“We didn’t give them any resistance to start the game.”

Collins and the Wildcats getting dominated at home by Central Michigan is troubling, but it’s just one of many very bad losses that Big Ten basketball has suffered this non-conference season. Let’s break it down.

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B1G Basketball power rankings: the “we apologize” edition


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There are certain B1G basketball teams that owe an apology right now. Sure, one team nationally ranked in the preseason losing to a low-major that you’ve never heard of is excusable although unexpected. Upsets happen. However, two preseason AP top 25 teams losing to low-majors on two separate occasions? That’s kind of embarrassing. Plus the B1G hasn’t had a whole lot of signature wins to really counter-act those ugly losses.

Hey, at least they won the challenge versus the ACC

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PSU QB Christian Hackenberg: high NFL Draft stock, poor stats


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In just two years at Penn State, so much has been said about starting Quarterback Christian Hackenberg. The reigning Big Ten freshman of the year has been hyped up as the greatest thing since sliced bread. He’s also been hit with the “overrated” label. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. extolled his virtues as a future professional signal caller.

Kirk Herbstreit sees the NFL in his future as well. 

As this 19 year old kid from rural Virginia fulfills his lifelong dream of being the Nittany Lions QB1, he’s enduring the slings and arrows that come with being in such a high profile position. The team’s record and statistics show a regression, not just with Hack, but the whole team. Hackenberg’s tangibles and skill sets remain steady. Perhaps he’s developing them further. However, everything else around him is like his production; in dramatic decline.

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Penn State football fans need to move past Tim Beckman hatred


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Given the approach that Tim Beckman took to openly recruiting Penn State football players, in the wake of the sanctions imposed in 2012, Nittany Nation would have liked nothing more than a little karmic payback. Had this Penn State football team won today, it might have possibly been the final nail in the coffin of his Illini regime. Obviously, it didn’t happen that way as Illinois won 16-14 and the hate for Beckman in Central Pennsylvania grows even stronger.

Like Emperor Sidious said to young Skywalker, I say to Nittany Nation now:

“I fell your anger. Let the hate flow through you.”

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PSU QB Christian Hackenberg is SO OVERRATED


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You look at what has happened with Penn State Quarterback Christian Hackenberg this season and you realize that Bill O’Brien, not Marc Trestman is the true “quarterback whisper.” (that’s more praise of B.O.B. than it is slamming Hackenberg)

Still Hackenberg has made a strong regression this season under James Franklin, yet he’s still being hyped up as the greatest thing since sliced bread. Penn State is 12th (out of 14) in passing efficiency and scoring offense. Hackenberg himself is tenth, that’s right 10th! in passing efficiency as he’s thrown for twice as many interceptions (14) as TD passes.

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