The Penn State All-Sports Museum Announces Fall 2019 Speakers

The Penn State All-Sports Museum Announces Fall 2019 Speakers

On Friday, October 4, 2019 at 12pm noon, Trey Bauer will kick off the 2019 fall speakers with a discussion in the museum’s football gallery on the first floor. Bauer was part of Penn State’s 1986 National Championship football team, captain of the 1987 team, and a three year starter, as well as the first at Penn State to attend business school while competing with the football team. After graduation, Bauer spent his career as a professional securities trader and co-founder of financial services companies.
On Friday, October 18, 2019 at 12pm noon, the museum will host Ted Sebastianelli for a discussion in the Unbeaten and Uncrowned exhibition on the second floor. Sebastianelli was a member of Rip Engle’s last recruiting class, and played on Joe Paterno’s first 3 varsity teams. Initially as a linebacker and later as a center, Sebastianelli played on the undefeated 1968 team that finished second nationally at the 1969 Orange Bowl. Following graduation, Sebastianelli was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force. After retiring from the military after 34 years, Sebastianelli served as Deputy HR Director for the Military District of Washington.
On Friday, November 15, 2019 at 12pm, the museum will host a conversation on sport and race at Penn State featuring an academic analysis and a personal experience with panelists Wally Richardson and Mark Dyreson with discussion moderated by John Affleck, Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society and director of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. On November 1, 1969, at halftime of a home game against Boston College, Penn State African American student leaders took the field and addressed 48,000 Nittany Lion fans about several racial problems that plagued black students on campus. Instead of celebrating these students as emissaries of Champions of Equality, as the historical marker celebrating Nittany Lion stars who helped to desegregate intercollegiate sport heralds them, Penn State fans booed them and stomped their feet to drown out the speakers.
A half-century after protestors condemned the racial climate at Penn State during a football game, African American athletes remain the most visible black students on campus and race relations in Happy Valley remain complicated and sometimes conflicted. The 50th anniversary of the football protests offers an invitation to reflect on the past, illumine the present, and think about the future.  Richardson will reflect on his experiences as the first African American quarterback at Penn State to achieve major success on the field. Richardson has continued serving the football program in a variety of capacities off the field, from academic counselor to current Director of the Penn State Football Letterman’s Club. Dyreson is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and the Director of research and educational programs for PSU’s Center for the Study of Sports in Society. Dyreson is currently working on a history of race and sport at Penn State and will offer a historical perspective on the complex history of Penn State’s Champions of Equality.
All talks are free and open to the community.

Clifford Claims Big Ten Weekly Honor

Clifford Claims Big Ten Weekly Honor

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Sophomore quarterback Sean Clifford (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been selected as the Co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after a stellar outing at Maryland Friday night. He is the first Penn State player to win offensive weekly honors since Miles Sanders against Illinois last year. Clifford is the first Penn State quarterback to claim conference weekly accolades since Trace McSorley in 2016 (Michigan State).

Clifford, who shares offensive honors with Minnesota’s Tanner Morgan, was 26-for-31 for 398 yards and three touchdowns with seven rushes for 54 yards and a touchdown in the 59-0 win at Maryland. The effort was Clifford’s first career 300-yard game and the 40th in Penn State history, while his 398 yards rank third in Penn State single-game history, behind Christian Hackenberg (454; vs. UCF, 2014) and Zack Mills (299, vs. Iowa, 2002). The sophomore tallied 287 passing yards in the first half to break the Penn State record of 258 yards by Trace McSorley against Georgia State in 2017.

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No. 12/11 Penn State Blanks Maryland, 59-0

No. 12/11 Penn State Blanks Maryland, 59-0

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford (Cincinnati, Ohio) threw for 398 yards and three touchdowns in less than three quarters of action to lead the No. 12/11 Nittany Lions (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) past Maryland, 59-0, in the Big Ten football opener for both teams Friday night in Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

It was a career night for the sophomore Penn State quarterback as he set personal bests with 26 completions on 31 attempts for 398 yards, including a Penn State-record 287 yards in the first half. Three of his throws went for touchdowns and he earned his first career rushing touchdown on the Lions’ first play from scrimmage.

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Penn State Center for Sports in Society Intercollegiate Athletics Conference

Penn State Center for Sports in Society Intercollegiate Athletics Conference

Our Center for the Study of Sports in Society is organizing a major conference before Michigan weekend. A two-day event starting on October 17th at 7:00 pm at the State Theatre will feature Jay Bilas of ESPN. Then on October 18th at the  Lewis Katz Building, Penn State Law, starting at 8:00 am, Jay Bilas will be joined by Penn State Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour, Knight Commission CEO Amy Perko, Chris Sanders of Learfield/IMG College and many more. They will be together discussing amateurism, finance, governance, sponsorships, concussions, analytics, women in sport. Friday’s activities will conclude with a keynote speech by Tom McMillen regarding big-time Athletic Directors. These are leading experts and sports industry addressing important topics of our day.

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No. 13/11 Penn State Defeats Pittsburgh, 17-10

No. 13/11 Penn State Defeats Pittsburgh, 17-10

No. 13/11 Penn State used a 13-play, 88-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter and a late goal line stand in the fourth to secure a 17-10 victory over Pittsburgh in front of a “Stripe Out” crowd of 108,661 Saturday afternoon in Beaver Stadium.

Penn State’s (3-0) third-quarter scoring drive was capped by a 13-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Noah Cain(Baton Rouge, La.), which proved to be the game-deciding score. The Nittany Lion defense then prevented Pittsburgh (1-2) from tying it up late, denying the Panthers despite first-and-goal at the 1-yard line. Linebacker Cam Brown (Burtonsville, Md.) forced Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett to throw the ball away on first and third downs, and safety Garrett Taylor (Richmond, Va.) and linebacker Jesse Luketa (Ottawa, Ontario) stuffed running back A.J. Davis on second down, leading to a failed 19-yard field goal attempt on fourth down with 4:54 remaining.

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