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YSU Penguin Athletics / Maryland OL Jordan McNair dies
« on: June 14, 2018, 10:05:25 AM »
Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair died Wednesday.

The redshirt freshman was hospitalized after a team workout on May 29. Maryland announced he was in the hospital on June 4.

“Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair,” Maryland coach D.J. Durkin said in a statement. “Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team. Jordan was a hard worker and he always had a smile on his face. He was an extremely talented football player and a humble and genuine human being. He embodied the essence of what it means to be a teammate. Jordan was a fighter. Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter. Please continue to pray for Jordan’s family during this difficult time.”

Always the saddest part of each season is losing players that "shouldn't" be lost.  RIP Jordan.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Richmond update
« on: May 14, 2018, 03:08:05 PM »
A judge has ordered that Youngstown State defensive end Ma'lik Richmond, who was convicted as a teen of raping a 16-year-old girl, should be taken off Ohio's sex offender registry for juveniles, as allowed by law.

Friday's ruling by Judge Thomas Lipps came in the case of the former Steubenville High School football player who was convicted in 2013 of raping a West Virginia girl the previous year during a party after a football scrimmage.

Richmond, now 21, served a one-year sentence and later rejoined the Steubenville football team. He initially was required to register his address as a sex offender every six months for 20 years.

In 2014, Lipps decreased Richmond's reporting requirement to once a year for 10 years. Ohio law allows juveniles to request removal altogether.

Richmond's attorneys argued that he had served his punishment, had completed all sex offender programming and is now a successful college student.

Lipps said that Richmond did everything required of him, including registering with the sheriff's office.

"He has demonstrated that he can live amongst society and no longer needs the supervision and restrictions necessary for Juvenile Sex Offender Registrants," Lipps said.

Prosecutors, who opposed removing Richmond from the registry, declined comment.

The 2012 case drew international attention because of the role social media played in publicizing the assault. There also were initial allegations of a cover-up by local authorities and frustration that more football players weren't charged, including some who witnessed the assaults.

Richmond was released from prison in January 2014 and attended colleges in West Virginia and Pennsylvania before transferring to Youngstown State in the fall of 2016 as a sophomore.

Richmond appeared in five games for the Penguins in 2017 and recorded five tackles. Richmond settled a lawsuit with the university in October that was filed after he had been told he wouldn't be allowed to play this season after he made the team. The settlement allowed Richmond to remain on the active roster.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Recruiting Classes
« on: February 27, 2018, 11:41:09 AM »
According to Brian McLaughlin, who does this regularly, but I haven't followed enough to have an opinion, here are the top 50 FCS recruiting classes for 2018.  We were ranked 38th in his list last year.
Of note is the lack of SDSU on the list, and I was surprised to see how many OVC schools were ranked above us!  Opinions?  Anybody have an opinion on McLaughlin's creds?

50   Holy Cross
49   Northern Colorado
48   UT Martin
47   Campbell
46   Duquesne
45   Alcorn State
44   Furman
43   Rhode Island
42   Houston Baptist
41   Northern Iowa
40   Elon
39   Bethune Cookman
38   Youngstown State
37   Fordham
36   Tennessee State
35   Howard
34   Illinois State
33   Dartmouth
32   Eastern Kentucky
31   Montana
30   Murray State
29   Stephen F. Austin
28   Prairie View A&M
27   Grambling
26   Western Carolina
25   South Dakota 
24   The Citadel
23   Delaware
22   Penn
21   Sam Houston State
20   Stony Brook
19   Weber State
18   Southern Illinois
17   UC Davis
16   Austin Peay
15   Villanova
14   Columbia
13   Southern Utah
12   Kennesaw State
11   Mercer
10   Eastern Washington
9   Central Arkansas
8   Cchattanooga
7   Jacksonville State
6    Harvard
5   James Madison
4   NDSU
3    Montana State
2   Yale
1   Princeton

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YSU Penguin Athletics / YSU 75-73 over Oakland
« on: February 15, 2018, 09:05:54 AM »
IMO the biggest win of the season.  Partly because it was Coach Calhoun's press that was key.  Guy has a system, and we all knew it would take a while, but it is catching on.  Somebody on the blog said after the first month we probably won't win another D-1 game all season.  Oh ye of little faith!

Covington's Putback at the Buzzer Gives Penguins 75-73 Win over Oakland

Garrett Covington had a catch-and-shoot putback at the buzzer to send the Youngstown State men's basketball team to a 75-73 win over Oakland at Beeghly Center on Wednesday night.

Covington caught Braun Hartfield's miss and got his winning shot off with 0.1 seconds left to give the Penguins their second straight Horizon League victory. YSU scored the final nine points of the game after trailing 73-66 with 2:30 remaining, and seven of those points came from Covington.

Covington finished with 18 points, and Cameron Morse scored a game-high 23 points for Youngstown State.  Jalen Hayes led four Golden Grizzlies in double figures with 19 points.

Youngstown State (8-20 overall, 6-9 Horizon League) had 13 steals and forced Oakland into 18 turnovers, and the Penguins converted those turnovers into 25 points. YSU also had seven blocks, including a big one by Covington at the end of the shot clock on Oakland's final possession.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Ohio Valley
« on: February 08, 2018, 10:49:52 AM »
It's the dead of winter.  NLI day is over.  Spring football seems a LONG way off and the season really IS a long way off. 
With the Ohio Valley Conference at 9 members and the MVFC going to 11 members, there is no time better to move from the MVFC to the OVC! 
All sports.  More natural rivalries, Less travel,  Lots of good reasons to move.  Only one I can think of to stay.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Homecoming
« on: January 31, 2018, 08:50:59 AM »
I noticed on the schedule for this fall, Homecoming is the first Saturday in October.  Most recent Homecoming games have been the last Saturday in October, at least late Oct.  I can't see any obvious football reason for the move.  Anybody have any insight on this change?  Frankly this doesn't mean much/anything to me, but I'm just curious.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Tyler Hewlett
« on: January 30, 2018, 09:51:39 AM »
Per Vindy:

Tyler Hewlett appeared to be on the right track.

His standout performance on Austintown Fitch High School’s football team earned him a full scholarship to Youngstown State University.

He had designs on the starting running back position at YSU and a promise he could help coach at Fitch.

Then, in January 2017, he and others broke into an Austintown apartment and demanded “weed and money” at gunpoint.

Hewlett didn’t wield the gun, but his actions still earned him four years in prison Friday.

“Coach Tressel, now [YSU] President [James P.] Tressel, says, ‘Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future,” said Judge Lou A. D’Apolito of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. “In this case, that’s exactly what happened.”

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YSU Penguin Athletics / FCS Playoffs
« on: December 13, 2017, 03:04:17 PM »
So, what are the chances of and "All-MVFC" final!
What are your predictions"

JMU vs. SDSU
Sam Houston vs. NDSU

Give me JMU 31-SDSU 17
Sam Houston 21- NDSU 24

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Football Schedule
« on: December 07, 2017, 09:29:48 AM »
Does anybody know why it takes so long to get the football schedule out?  I know what day we are playing West Virginia, because it is posted on the WVU website.  I know when we are playing NDSU because it is posted on their website.  In fact I know when we are playing NDSU in 2019 because THAT is posted on their website.  I know when we are playing Maryland in 2027 because THAT is posted on their website, but as far as I can tell, we have NOTHING on our website?  Anybody have 2018 information I don't?  Anybody know why we are later than some? (many (most) are late like us)  Any reason to hold information back?

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YSU Penguin Athletics / 2018 Bo's last season?
« on: November 21, 2017, 10:37:35 AM »
Is the upcoming 2018 season Bo's last at YSU?  His Nebraska contract expires in Feb. 2019 and his income would go from 150,000 to something like 22,000 per month.  I know, money isn't everything, and that's what a ton of guys say, before they take the money every time!  Somebody will bring up his daughter and Cardinal Mooney, but the family could stay until she graduates.
Bo has value in the market, no doubt.  Nebraska was 27-22 before Bo, 67-27 with him (and never less than 9 wins in a season) and now 19-18 after him.  Change the president at Nebraska and even they would want him back!
My choice as a replacement?  Carl!

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Indiana State
« on: October 31, 2017, 03:18:45 PM »
Well, is everybody all pumped up for the battle against Indiana State Saturday? 
Nope, me neither.  I just thought we should have a thread if anybody was interested.  Obviously we would be alone, players included, but if anybody gave a S _ _ _ they would be on this blog.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / South Dakota State
« on: September 19, 2017, 03:13:43 PM »
Any rumors about our starter at QB? 

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Derek Rivers
« on: September 13, 2017, 09:50:17 AM »
Derek Rivers has gone under the knife.

According to Kevin Duffy of MassLive.com, the New England Patriots top pick in the 2017 NFL Draft underwent knee surgery on Tuesday. Rivers initially suffered the injury during joint practices with the Houston Texans back in August while going through kickoff drills.

Why wait nearly a month to have surgery?

Duffy notes that this is somewhat of a common practice as folks who suffer this type of injury go through a sort of "prehab" to build strength and range of motion before surgery.

Rivers was taken in the third round (No. 83 overall) by the Patriots this past spring and was their first pick of the draft after trading their first rounder for Brandin Cooks and their second in a deal that saw another third rounder and Kony Ealy come back to Foxboro.

At Youngstown State, the defensive end showed real promise totaling 173 tackles, 56.5 tackles for a loss, 37.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in his collegiate career.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Football Practice
« on: August 09, 2017, 03:04:56 PM »
I am so very tired of reading about off field stuff.  Has anybody been to a practice?  Anything interesting, position battles, developing depth chart, etc.  How does Ricky Davis look at receiver?  Will he get any playing time?  Who looks like a kick returner?  Who is winning the CB battles, DE's?
C'mon man, let's talk football! 

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Eastern Washington U
« on: December 12, 2016, 10:14:10 AM »
Does anybody know much about this team. (any on the blog anyway) 
I read the following:
YSU  27.7 PPG OPP 18.1 PPG
EWU 42.7 PPG OPP 25.4 PPG
Rush  YSU 3867 OPP 2220
        EWU 2041 OPP 2753
Pass YSU 291-169-13  169 YPG
       EWU 585-402-12 402 YPG

Looks like we can rush and score, but will need to stop best passing attack we've seen in a while to prevail, but that is just reading a few stats. 

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