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YSU Penguin Athletics / All about the money
« on: October 12, 2021, 09:31:32 PM »
Per Dana Balash

YSU athletics will pocket more than $3 million in football "money games" through 2027
The biggest payday was this season at Michigan State & YSU received $750,000.

Since 2005 the Youngstown State football team has been playing the so called "money games" against Power Five schools and received millions of dollars for the athletic department and the majority of time a loss.

Since their first "money game" at Pittsburgh, September 24, 2005  the Penguins have played 15 payday games and have only one win, 31-17 against the Panthers on September 1, 2012.

"Our community stuck by us and this win was for our community," said then head coach Eric Wolford following that game.

Now, these games are an every year occurrence for the Penguins. (So far no "money game" is scheduled for 2023)

From this years game at Michigan State, in which the Penguins were paid $750,000, through scheduled "money games" through 2027, Youngstown State will bring home $3.6 million dollars.

The breakdown includes:

2021   Michigan State        $750,000

2022  Kentucky                  $550,000

2023  ??????????

2024 Pittsburgh                $450,000

2025 Michigan State        $725,000

2026 Kentucky                 $575,000

2027 Maryland                 $600,000

(The contracts for each game was obtained through the Freedom of Information Act)

Youngstown was scheduled to play at Akron in 2020 and were guaranteed $300,000. That game was cancelled due to covid-19.

In comparison, Akron, an FBS school earned $3.6 million in two games this season. The Zips brought home $1.8 million each for games at Auburn & Ohio State.

YSU officials say the money earned in these games goes to the athletic department to help all sports.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Sam Houston home/home
« on: September 05, 2021, 02:59:27 PM »
Football: Penguins & Sam Houston State have home and home series

The Bearkats host the Penguins, August 30, 2025 and the two teams play in Youngstown, September 4, 2027.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Softball - this is positive
« on: July 08, 2021, 11:27:00 AM »
Megan Turner, a former Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year, USA Today High School All-American, Flo-Softball High School All-American, and MaxPreps Small School All-American, has signed a grant-in-aid to join the Youngstown State softball program for the 2022 season, Head Coach Brian Campbell announced.

"We are extremely excited to add a player of Megan Turner's caliber to our program," Campbell said. "She brings a wealth of experience to our team and has been a part of a championship-winning high school program from our area."

A transfer from Kent State, Turner will have two more years of eligibility with the Penguins.

In 2021, Turner was named All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) Second-Team after batting .336 with team bests eight home runs and 41 runs batted in. She also scored 17 runs with six doubles and posted a .565 slugging percentage and a .404 on-base percentage.

As a freshman in 2019, Turner was named to the MAC All-Freshman team after batting .300 with a double, six home runs and 14 RBIs. She ranked second in the MAC in conference-only games batting average by a freshman (.351) and was third in slugging percentage (.541).

A native of Champion, Ohio, Turner was named All-Ohio First Team, All-Region First-Team, All-District First-Team, All-American Conference Player of the Year, All-American Conference First-Team, NFCA Northeast All-Region First-Team, and Vindicator Softball Player of the Year as a senior. That year, she hit .612 with 54 runs scored, 49 hits, 54 RBIs, seven doubles, three triples and 12 home runs.

Turner was selected as an NFCA High School All-American Scholar Athlete, NFCA First-Place All-American Team member, Wendy's High School Heisman School Award Winner, All-American Conference Student of the Week.

She ended her prep career Ranked sixth in state history in career runs scored (188) and career home runs (38), 14th in career RBIs (167) and 21st in career hits (197).

YSU Penguin Athletics / Two players removed from football team
« on: April 15, 2021, 08:55:59 PM »
Two YSU football players removed from team following undisclosed incidents

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown State Athletic Department confirms that a pair of football players has been removed from the program following recent yet separate off-the-field incidents.

The school could not confirm the identity of the players.

A spokesman for the YSU Athletic Department sent the following statement to WKBN Sports Team 27:

“The football team’s leadership group came to Coach Phillips and asked for a player to be dismissed from the team. The other is dealing with a University Conduct issue so we can’t comment on that one.”

Youngstown State finished the spring season with a record of 1-6, and canceled Saturday’s spring finale against North Dakota.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Season over
« on: April 14, 2021, 07:41:43 PM »
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The 2021 spring season is over for the YSU football team.

Saturday’s home game against North Dakota has been canceled. A release from the Missouri Valley Football Conference says that YSU determined today they could not play the game on Saturday after playing a league-high seven games.

The Penguins finish the campaign with a (1-6) overall record. They are one of the four teams in the league to manage just one win this season.

Wednesday’s announcement means that no team in the Missouri Valley Football Conference will complete the full 8-game regular season as planned.

Illinois State opted out after just four games, and Western Illinois after 6 games to “protect the health and safety of the players and ensure their readiness for the upcoming 2021 fall 11-game slate.”

South Dakota had their final four games cancelled due, in part, to COVID concerns.

All fans who purchased tickets for Saturday’s game have the option to request a refund or donate to YSU’s World Penguin Day Campaign for Athletic scholarships and championship rings. To confirm your option please call the ticket office at (330) 941-1978, or visit the Athletic Ticket Office in Stambaugh Stadium.

YSU opens the fall slate on Thursday, Sept. 2, against Incarnate Word from the Southland Conference at Stambaugh Stadium.

YSU Penguin Athletics / New transfer rules ?
« on: April 13, 2021, 04:36:17 PM »
Whether it is the start of free agency in college sports or simply the fair thing to finally do for the athletes, the NCAA is about to make a monumental change to its transfer rules.

The Division I Council meets Wednesday and Thursday, and the agenda includes voting on a proposal that would grant all college athletes the ability to transfer one time as undergraduates without having to then sit out a season of competition.

College athletes may soon be able to be paid for endorsements
All indications are the proposal will pa$$. When it does, athletes in football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and men’s ice hockey will for the first time be immediately eligible to play after switching schools without asking for special permission.

For decades, the penalty of giving up a year of eligibility helped deter athletes from transferring, at least in those high-profile sports. In all other NCAA sports, athletes were allowed to switch schools once before graduating and play immediately.

The exception will soon be available to everyone — which is likely to mean more transfers than ever.

South Dakota State athletic director Justin Sell, a member of the council, said the lack of uniformity in the rules across sports had become difficult to justify.

“Trying to create opportunities for students that are equitable across the board, it becomes much more difficult to create a case of why a football student-athlete should be sitting out when a volleyball student-athlete doesn’t have to,” Sell said.

The NCAA has been examining its rules regarding athletes who transfer seemingly forever. But three and a half years ago Sell was put in charge of a working group tasked with making substantive changes.

From that, the transfer portal was created and athletes no longer had to ask for permission to be released from their scholarships if they wanted to switch schools and receive financial aid. No longer could coaches stand in the way if a player wanted to leave or dictate where they could go.

Sell’s group considered the idea of lifting the year-in-residence rule, which forced athletes to sit out the year after transferring, but never quite got there.

“We walked right up to this question … but the Rice Commission report (on college basketball) came out and they asked that no further action be taken on transfers at the time,” said Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, who was part of the working group. “So boom, we walk up to the question and then we stop.”

Instead, the waiver process was tweaked to allow athletes to receive immediate eligibility by showing a hardship of some sort that necessitated the transfer. That led to problems.

Some high-profile players such as quarterback Justin Fields, who transferred from Georgia to Ohio State in 2019, were granted waivers by the NCAA, creating an expectation that all players would be cleared to play right away.

When that didn’t happen, players, coaches and fans criticized the NCAA and claimed the waiver process was inconsistent and unfair. A working group led by Steinbrecher concluded that waivers were no solution.

“There was a broad segment of the membership that recognized that ultimately, what we needed to get to, is a legislative solution. Not a patchwork of waivers,” said Steinbrecher, who is also a member of the DI Council.

The council was set to vote on the legislative solution in January, but the Justice Department warned the NCAA its rule changes regarding transfers and name, image and likeness compensation might violate antitrust laws. NIL reform is still bogged down, but there is optimism the council can move forward on transfer rules.

If not, the council is prepared to pa$$ a blanket waiver that would give all athletes transferring this year immediate eligibility. That is not the preferred route.

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“I think the messaging or the language that I’ve heard from the council is they are looking to get to a permanent solution if at all possible,” Steinbrecher said.

The main issue still to be hammered out are deadline dates for athletes to notify their schools they intend to transfer. Dates under consideration now are May 1 for fall and winter sport athletes and July 1 for spring sports.

“Transfers affect the other kids on the roster, too,” Sell said. “Kids want to know who their starting point guard is. Or their starting shortstop.”

Conferences typically have their own rules that require athletes to sit out a season when they transfer within a league, but those are starting to disappear. The American Athletic Conference on Tuesday followed the Atlantic Coast Conference and Mid-American Conference in eliminating its intraconference transfer policies to abide by NCAA rules.

YSU Penguin Athletics / MSU game day
« on: April 10, 2021, 03:23:51 PM »
Did not know that Mark was hurt,

YSU Penguin Athletics / SDU Game day thread
« on: March 20, 2021, 09:14:16 AM »
Sure has been quiet, any thoughts on todays game?

YSU Penguin Athletics / SDSU Gameday thread
« on: March 13, 2021, 09:07:28 AM »
Pretty quiet out there folks, any thoughts on the game?

YSU Penguin Athletics / Darius leaving
« on: March 11, 2021, 04:52:11 PM »
Youngstown State University junior Darius Quisenberry is leaving the men’s basketball program and will enter the NCAA transfer portal.

The Penguins point guard made the announcement Thursday on social media:

Quisenberry was the first player in school history to earn all-league honors in his first two seasons. He started 78 games for the Penguins and averaged over 15 points per contest during his first three seasons at YSU.

Quisenberry said in the post, “With me graduating in 3 years, this is a great opportunity for me to expand my horizon and put my name in the transfer portal as a grad transfer.”

Last April, Quisenberry declared for the 2020 NBA Draft but withdrew his name before the deadline returning to YSU for his junior season.

Non YSU Sports / MOVED: Tressel Extension
« on: March 04, 2021, 05:32:57 PM »

General BS / Tressel Extension
« on: March 04, 2021, 12:29:34 PM »
YSU President Tressel’s contract extended
They also extended the contract for YSU Provost Brien Smith

by: WKBN Staff

Posted: Mar 4, 2021 / 11:36 AM EST / Updated: Mar 4, 2021 / 12:20 PM EST

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The YSU Board of Trustees unanimously approved to extend President Jim Tressel’s contract Thursday.

They also extended the contract for YSU Provost Brien Smith.

“We are happy to have the leaders of our executive team securely in place to continue their great work in service of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and the greater Mahoning and Shenango Valley communities,” said Board Chair Anita Hackstedde.

Grammy-nominated opera singer teaching YSU master cla$$ Thursday
Starting July 1, the latest extension says Tressel’s contract will continue until terminated by either party with 180 days notice.

Tressel became YSU’s ninth president in 2014.

“We have accomplished much in seven years, but there’s more work to be done,” he said. “We look forward to continue moving the university ahead on various fronts.”

Smith became provost and vice president for Academic Affairs in 2019. His contract was extended to 2025.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Malachi Newell
« on: March 03, 2021, 12:01:10 PM »
Farrell native Malachi Newell is leaving Youngstown State University’s football team.

The Penguins’ linebacker and YSU graduate announced on Wednesday that he has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal.

Newell appeared in both games this season and recorded four tackles, including one tackle-for-loss against Northern Iowa last Saturday.

Newell has played in 35 games at Youngstown State as a member of special teams and reserve linebacker. He announced he has one year of college eligibility remaining.

As a senior at Farrell, Newell led the entire state with 232 tackles and accounted for over 1,000 yards of total offense and 15 touchdowns while leading the Steelers to a District X Championship and an appearance in the Cla$$ A State Championship game.

He was also named a 2015 member of our WKBN Big 22.

Posted: Mar 01, 2021 

Final Results

FORT WAYNE, Indiana – The Youngtown State track and field program clinched a pair of team titles on the final day of the Indoor Horizon League Track and Field Championships, capping the 2021 indoor season.

The men's team raced to their sixth straight league title and seventh overall, scoring the second highest point total in program history with 218 points while winning nine event titles (long jump, triple jump, shot put, pole vault, 800m, 3000m, 5000m, 4000m DMR) and holding the outright lead across all four days.

The women closed out championship weekend with a total of 186.16 points, winning four event titles (pentathlon, pole vault, 60m, 60m hurdles). With the victory, the women become the Horizon League's all-time leader for consecutive titles won (five) and overall titles (10). Coming into the weekend, the Penguins were tied with Milwaukee in both categories.

Both squads upped their team scores from the 2019-20 Indoor Horizon League Track and Field Championships when the men finished with 214 points and the women totaled 183 points.

In the first event of the final day of the four-day meet, sophomore Erin Bogard, while notching a new personal-best, set a new indoor Horizon League record in the women's pole vault, clearing 4.00m and bringing the event title back to Youngstown for the first time since 2018. The previous record was 3.81m, set in 2019. Junior Katlyn Griffie took runner-up in the event, posting a 3.73m mark.

First-year Penguin Chase Easterling captured the men's 3000m run title, posting an 8:40.24. Freshman-duo Ryan Meadows (8:46.36) and Hunter Christopher (8:48.17) also posted top-four times in the event, placing third and fourth.

Junior Wyatt Lefker won his second consecutive pole vault title, clearing 4.60m on his first attempt. Lefker becomes the second Penguin to win back-to-back Horizon League titles in the event.

Sophomore Jahniya Bowers was the best YSU finisher in the final heat of the women's 200m dash, finishing second in the event with a time of 25.04. Close behind, Teneisha Myers placed fifth (25.62), Madison Murry placed sixth (25.94) and Logan Franczkowski placed seventh (25.96) in the race. The Penguins have won the event in 10 of the last 11 league meets.

On the men's side, junior Jamynk Jackson (22.68) and sophomore Tobias Hayes (22.76) went six, seven in the final heat of the 200m dash.

YSU did not compete in monday's final heats of the men's/women's 4X400 relays or the women's 3000m run.

Final Scores

Youngstown State – 218
Milwaukee – 180.5
Oakland – 104.5
UIC – 43
IUPUI – 37
Purdue Fort Wayne – 31
Detroit Mercy – 28
Northern Kentucky - 17

Youngstown State – 186.16
Milwaukee – 132.83
Oakland – 100.5
Northern Kentucky – 67
Purdue Fort Wayne – 42
Robert Morris – 42
IUPUI – 30.5
Wright State – 30
UIC – 18
Detroit Mercy – 7
Cleveland State - 6

YSU Penguin Athletics / League games
« on: February 27, 2021, 09:32:34 PM »
Two scores that surprised me SIU big over NDSU and ND over SDSU. Rough road ahead

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