... Actually, all of the Fran info makes sense (some of us discussed this last year, off line). My bigger issue had to do with Jerry, who clearly wanted to beJul 31, 2004 1 of 3View SourceORIGINET@... wrote:
>I wanna clear something up for OD. The real fact about Fran Ganter is, itActually, all of the Fran info makes sense (some of us discussed this
>was likely he was going to retire. As everyone knows Fran's wife died suddenly,
>unexpectedly, and at relatively young age. Fran because of his loyalty for
>Penn State bucked it up best he could and stayed the course last year. Simple
>as that. These kinds of experiences often cause great sadness and an abrupt
>change of perspective. He jumped at the chance to take the new job. And while
>its kinda early, looks like this could make a big difference.
last year, off line). My bigger issue had to do with Jerry, who clearly
wanted to be a head coach and, imo, expected he was going to get it at
Penn State...and it took a lot out of him when he realized it was not
going to happen.
I wouldn't be surprised if Jerry said a lot of things privately about
our S&C deficiencies that didn't sit well with Joe...but Jerry was the
one trying to make due with smallish DT's and he had to know that if we
had bigger people at DT in 97 we could have stopped the run (' 99 wasn't
much of an improvement). Moreover, we never had much depth at the
position, something Jerry had to live with many years (and was proably
as much responsible for BBDB as anything...note how when we had Millen
and Clarke at DT we dominated and didn't play rope-a-dope).
The Sandusky thing can be done to death and people will disagree no
matter what...but I wish the guy were still our DC...and he is probably
quite pleased not to be.
GREAT post...Aug 1, 2004 1 of 3View SourceGREAT post...
> I wanna clear something up for OD. The real fact about Fran Ganter is, it
> was likely he was going to retire. As everyone knows Fran's wife died
> unexpectedly, and at relatively young age. Fran because of his loyalty for
> Penn State bucked it up best he could and stayed the course last year.
> as that. These kinds of experiences often cause great sadness and an abrupt
> change of perspective. He jumped at the chance to take the new job. And
> its kinda early, looks like this could make a big difference.
> No matter what you think about Joe, there is no way he would have blamed or
> gotten rid of Fran at this time. No way. And when it came time to explain,
> they just went with the standard PR instead of dredging up the feelings.
> I have been cryin, gripin, and talking about who moved the cheese for years.
> My whole theme about cheese is due to Joe's incessant mention of the book. I
> have complained about our dealings with the media, PR, marketing, our stodgy
> old brand and our downright pitiful unfiorms. Well one thing is very clear,
> some things have changed abruptly at penn state. All of sudden Joe is
> available to the media. And nothing will evidence this better than his sit
> down with
> the media which will be on Channel 10 Monday and Tuesday night. So perhaps
> Joe is finally understanding that the media is a weapon, not an adversary.
> some how Joe is finally concluding its time to get in the battle. Meaning,
> is now on the front line of recruiting, instead of sitting back. The damn
> guy couldn't even get to Jordon Steffy's house for a visit last year (of
> because he had not taken a mandatory NCCAA test for coaches, how pompous is
> that). And it sounds to me instead of talking all day long about education,
> is boldly telling the recruits he intends to go to the "promised land" of
> football and he wants them with him. He needs them to get there. Nobody is
> persuasive than Joe. Frankly, its just God's gift to Joe. So if anybody can
> turn it around, recruit the motherlode, and make a miracle--its Joe.
> Fran is in the perfect job. And now we have a workaholic recruiter that
> knows how to use the Internet--McQ. Welcome to the 21st century penn state
> football. We have a head of marketing.
> I gotta think we have a prayer with POZ. One can only wonder right now if
> Smith, Jefferson, Connor and the cheerleader Harrison are leaders. Well at
> least they seem like they are. Thats more leadership on one team than we
> have had
> in a long time. The most interesting guys are Jefferson and Smith, 2 guys
> who messed up. Everyone claims they are on a mission, we shall see. Its
> been a
> very long time since we had a potential all american at center.
> If we get this Derrick Williams dude, its gonna give us hope. If ever hope
> is coming this is the guy. Not only is he the best player in the country, he
> is joining his school in January. Wideouts can make a difference as
> In case you didn't notice I am gettin pumped up.
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