The No. 12 University of Minnesota volleyball team opened the 2011 season against tough competition, at State College, Pa. as the Golden Gophers faced No. 2 Southern California in the AVCA Showcase. The Gophers started the match strong but ultimately fell to USC in five sets, (25-23, 26-24, 13-25, 21-25, 7-15). In the second game of the AVCA Showcase, the four-time defending national champion, Penn State women’s volleyball team opened the 2011 season against Oregon on their home court. Oregon upset top-ranked Penn State, three sets to one, to end the Nittany Lions home winning streak.
Penn State volleyball had won 109 straight matches, but the defending national champions faced an uphill challenge. With nine new freshman added to the Nittany Lions and several key seniors lost to graduation, how would Penn State work to continue to compete for a NCAA title?
Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith visited Penn State practice on our BTN Football Tour this August. The legendary Joe Paterno is back for another season, his 45th at the helm of Penn State. The Nittany Lions are out to make up for last season’s disappointing 7-6 campaign. To do so, the defense must improve. The usually reliable unit allowed 23.7 points per game last year. Penn State also has to decide on a quarterback. Is it Rob Bolden or Matt McGloin? Penn State opens the season Sept. 3 against Indiana State. Watch all of our Penn State Preview video inside.
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Another season, another Penn State women’s volleyball national championship. Legendary coach Russ Rose guided Penn State to its fourth straight national crown in 2010. Yes, that’s four national titles in four seasons, meaning last year’s seniors won the national crown every year of their careers. That’s a lot of hardware and a lot of great memories. The top-ranked Nittany Lions open their quest for an unprecedented fifth straight title vs. Oregon on August 28 at the AVCA Showcase. View the AVCA preseason poll.
Love them or hate them, Penn State’s football uniforms are here to stay. During the BTN Football Tour, we asked PSU’s Silas Redd what he thought about his team’s uniforms. Let’s just say, he’s a fan of tradition.
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As the BTN Football Tour made its way through Big Ten country, we noticed fans and players alike were leaving souvenirs on the side of our bus. Iowa and Wisconsin left magnetic schedules, which stayed with us until the final stop. And while we were in State College, Michael Mauti added a PSU logo. Check out the video below:
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Penn State wrestling coach Cael Sanderson wasn’t going to leave powerhouse Iowa State, the school where he went 159-0 and won four NCAA crowns as a student-athlete, for any run-of-the-mill coaching position. Penn State lured Sanderson away from Iowa State in 2009, and in his second year at State College, Sanderson guided the Nittany Lions to the Big Ten title and national championship. His incredible impact at Penn State won him Men’s Coach of the Year on the 2011 Big Ten Network Awards Show.
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