Nine most popular Penn State football stories of ’13 Bill O’Brien!


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Penn State football is one of the biggest hit-makers for The Sports Bank. Especially Christian Hackenberg and Bill O’Brien. That brings Nittany Nation around here. Right now it’s a huge time of strife for Penn State football as it appears their leader, Bill O’Brien is leaving PSU to become head coach of Houston Texans.

Here are the top 9 Penn State football stories of the year, ranked by page views popularity.

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Report: Houston Texans working a deal with PSU Coach Bill O’Brien


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Penn State Head Coach Bill O’Brien told the media this past summer that he was not offered a job in the NFL by any team last off-season. Despite all the speculation about him leaving PSU, O’Brien said he’s committed to Happy Valley. So Bill O’Brien, or B.O.B. as he’s colloquially known, said he wasn’t offered a head NFL job following his 8-4 debut at his alma mater, but no one believes that.

He could have left for the NFL if he wanted. And now after a 7-5 follow up in his sophomore season leading the Nittany Lions college football program, he’s currently finalizing the Houston Texans.

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VIDEO: Penn State fight song synced with Christmas Lights


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This person is experiencing zeitgeist alright. Zeitgeist translates from German into ‘Merican as “spirit of the times.” Penn State spirit. Holiday spirit. Christmas spirit. School spirit. Spirit of the season.

The Penn State fight song display comes to us courtesy of Bob Witt of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. Wiit, who supposedly has an engineering degree from Penn State, made his Christmas lights into a feast for the eyes that syncs up perfectly with the Penn State fight song. And cue the Clark W. Griswold jokes.

Enjoy after the jump!

Bill O’Brien will be the top college coach recruited by the NFL


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Penn State Head Coach Bill O’Brien told the media this past summer that he was not offered a job in the NFL by any team last off-season. Despite all the speculation about him leaving PSU, O’Brien said he’s committed to Happy Valley. So Bill O’Brien, or B.O.B. as he’s colloquially known, said he wasn’t offered a head NFL job following his 8-4 debut at his alma mater, but no one believes that.

He could have left for the NFL if he wanted. And now after a 7-5 follow up in his sophomore season leading the Nittany Lions college football program, he’s been approached by both the Minnesota Vikings and the Houston Texans. And it seems like Frazier will be dismissed any day now. Both teams have already contacted Bill O’Brien.

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Penn State guard D.J. Newbill has major NBA Draft potential


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Penn State redshirt junior guard D.J. Newbill has the potential to be an NBA draft pick. So everyone in and around State College, Pa. had better take a collective deep breath and make sure to calm down so no one goes into cardiac arrest.

Yes, I did write that Penn State guard D.J. Newbill could get drafted. It doesn’t make much sense to me, because all Penn State athletics is known for is football and the biggest sports scandal of all time. But it is true.

The Sports Bank’s main NBA Draft expert has Newbill, a Southern Mississippi transfer, getting picked in one of the last few spots in his NBA mock draft.

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Penn St grad, Bikini Model Melanie Collins has new Fantasy Football show


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Former bikini model and Penn State alum Melanie Collins has a job again. After falling down from NBA TV and Big Ten Network to Total College Sports, she’s back to help ramp up page views for Yahoo! Because one thing Melanie Collins does well is increase the page views. That’s probably why Yahoo made this move. Melanie Collins is not actually talented, or particularly good at her job.

Of course, I’m wasting a whole post here on Melanie Collins. So I’m not any better when it comes to journalistic standards myself.

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Penn State’s Allen Robinson could be done in State College


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Braxton Miller got the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, which means he’ll probably get the Chicago Tribune Silver Football Award which goes to the league MVP. However, MSU upset Ohio State so what if Allen Robinson wins the Big Ten MVP award, and pulls another upset against the scarlet and grey?

It would be a nice end to a season where he just lost out on the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s best receiver. And it would make Allen Robinson think even more about leaving Penn State a year early for the NFL draft.

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2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Preview and Predictions


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The two-day Big Ten/ACC Challenge tips off Tuesday evening. With Syracuse, Pitt, and Notre Dame joining the ACC, that conference is trying to stake its claim as the best in the country. Last year, the challenge finished in a 6-6 tie but here are my predictions for the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

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Penn State’s Bill O’Brien gets the best of the Wisconsin Badgers again


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For the second consecutive season, the Wisconsin Badgers were out-coached by Penn State’s Bill O’Brien.

O’Brien had the Badgers defense confused on numerous occasions in a 31-24 upset win at Camp Randall.

Wisconsin’s coach Gary Andersen summed it up by saying, “we were schemed up by a very good football coach.”

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#15 Wisconsin Badgers vs. Penn State: brutally honest preview


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The Wisconsin Badgers have to be happy with where they’re at after beating previously-ranked #25 Minnesota and jumping four spots in the BCS Standings all the way up to #15.

With one game remaining against Penn State, the Badgers have pretty much assured themselves a spot in the top-14 if they win. This means that they could be asked to play in a BCS game if the all the chips fall right.

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Mel Kiper Jr. projects NFL potential of Penn St.’s Christian Hackenberg


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Penn State freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg has the potential to be the best player on the planet.

No, really, he doesn’t.

But I figured that would get the attention of a bunch of Penn State fans who are suffering through a very rough college football season. Christian Hackenberg has three more years at Penn State, and ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper recently opined on Christian Hackenberg’s status for the 2017 NFL draft — because it’s never too early to start predicting when a football player is going to be the Next Big Thing.

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Penn State vs Illini slop; tweeted by Bill O’Brien parody account


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Since the second half of the Illini 42-3 loss to Michigan State, the dominant storyline surrounding Illini football has shifted to “will Tim Beckman keep his job or not? Whether the Illini win or lose doesn’t matter as much as how they win or lose; which of course doesn’t matter as much as whether or not we’ll have regime change in Champaign this year.

Today’s overtime loss at Penn State both strengthened and weakened the case for the Illini to oust Beckman. Illinois snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, in a game where they were double digit underdogs. However, they also snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, and coaching miscues had a lot to do with that.

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