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Penn State receives $1 million gift for football facility upgrades

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Penn State head coach James Franklin has been vocal about the need to improve the football facilities at Pen State, just as his predecessor Bill O’Brien did in his short stint in Happy Valley. With a recent donation from a notable alum, those plans for upgrades were given a bit of a financial boost.

On Wednesday the school announced alum and longtime donor Paul T. Stecko offered a commitment to donate $1 million to the Football Excellence Fund. In return, Penn State will rename the Lasch Football Building in Stecko’s honor.

“The Stecko family has a long-standing relationship with Penn State athletics and we are thankful that they have made this gift to Penn State football,” Director of Athletics Dr. David Joyner said. “This gift will help give Coach James Franklin the resources to develop outstanding football student-athletes on and off the field.”

“We are very grateful to Paul Stecko and his family for this very generous gift to our football program,” Franklin said. “The support from the Stecko family will provide us with the resources to give our football student-athletes an unrivaled experience here at Penn State.”

It should be noted the Lasch Football Building served as the site of some of the ugly crimes committed by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. It may have only been a matter of time before the building was renamed anyway, although there is no indication that is a motive for renaming the building. Some upgrades and changes to the football building happened quickly after the revelation of the Sandusky crimes became known, but that is not the only reason Penn State needs to upgrade the football facilities. In a sport where the latest and greatest facilities are always being upgraded, Penn State needs to find a way to keep pace with programs like Ohio State.

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57 Responses to “Penn State receives $1 million gift for football facility upgrades”
  1. derekgorgonstar says: Aug 13, 2014 6:34 PM

    Cover it up, Penn State. It’s what you do best.

  2. mrlaloosh says: Aug 13, 2014 6:44 PM

    The Sandusky Memorial Showers……

  3. lbijake says: Aug 13, 2014 6:47 PM

    Sorry for the two trolls above. Things must be lonely in their mother’s basement.

  4. musketmaniac says: Aug 13, 2014 6:51 PM

    kevin we’re you bored this morning, and decided to spice things up. I enjoy kicking the nittanys when their down as the next guy. But you serve it up like an elevated golf ball.

  5. eidolon21 says: Aug 13, 2014 6:57 PM

    derekmoronstar
    it is Michigan covering up the crimes of its rapist punter you should comment on.
    You are simply a hater attacking the schools U of M competes against

  6. jec332 says: Aug 13, 2014 7:04 PM

    Eidolon21,

    I’d be angry and troll too if I were a Michigan fan. I wouldn’t want to pull for that crap team.

    Musket,

    You’re not kicking anything. WVU isn’t on a level where we worry about you. We’ll never be that down.

  7. jec332 says: Aug 13, 2014 7:07 PM

    Eidolon21,

    It’s also that he’s attacking the schools Michigan loses to. That’d be 4 in a row now. No wonder he’s over here trying to be negative about our success. He probably thinks that’s the best chance they have.

  8. musketmaniac says: Aug 13, 2014 7:28 PM

    yet jec you are.

  9. jec332 says: Aug 13, 2014 7:32 PM

    Musket,

    Above WVU’a level and always will be? Yeah, I know. I just said that. Scandal included, we’ll always be better than WVU and we’ll always be always be a better choice.

    You’re on the level where you’d kick Marshall.

  10. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 13, 2014 7:41 PM

    How are these schools ever going to afford cutting some checks to the players. They are so cash strapped.

  11. musketmaniac says: Aug 13, 2014 7:53 PM

    Jerc, I acknowledge 30 years ago Penn State dominated wvu. But that was ancient history. Recent history is called the Bcs era. Where Wvu owns one of the best records in BCS HISTORY. 3-O. only school in Bcs History to be undefeated in at least three appearances. Less than a dozen schools have even won three BCS games. what was penn state’s record 1-1 in bcs games, and your only pathetic win was vacated for running an immoral institution. Yet some reason you still run your cu.t mouth.

  12. eidolon21 says: Aug 13, 2014 8:25 PM

    muskrat mania here is history>
    what was that PSU-WVU won lost record again
    You can look it up
    what a joke you are. just another hater !!

  13. barkleyblows says: Aug 13, 2014 8:30 PM

    Well….. Atleast Jerry Sandusky didn’t donate the money.

    I’m sure that’s next for Ped State tho.

  14. eidolon21 says: Aug 13, 2014 8:31 PM

    Penn State 48 wins
    WVU 9 wins
    48 to 9
    What a loser you are Hater

  15. musketmaniac says: Aug 13, 2014 8:34 PM

    I acknowledged that you f..k stick. Nobody cares about the 60s and the 70s. Good job nittanys. Now go out and be relevant in the new era. Wvu has!

  16. musketmaniac says: Aug 13, 2014 8:36 PM

    derricgorgan and mrlaloosh sorry I got caught up arguing with a couple imbeciles. keep up the good work.

  17. eidolon21 says: Aug 13, 2014 8:45 PM

    everybody knows Barkley Blows

  18. jec332 says: Aug 13, 2014 10:28 PM

    Musket, they got those by playing a Boise State, one game, like season. They’d roll through a cream puff big east conference and then go into their one game season of the bowl game all healthy. There was a reason nobody took the big east seriously.

    It’s not hard to see that’s the case. How’s WVU doing in an average Big 12 conference now?

    They went from getting the auto bid in a weak conference, to being 11-14 in their first two seasons in the Big 12.

    If you had been in a real conference during that time, we would have been as relevant as you even with our wins vacated.

    Of course, that’s not relevant now, but you wanted to brag out some ridiculous things. “No no, that 48-9 record is ancient. Let’s only focus on our 3 quality wins while we beat up on a bunch of terrible teams.”

    Slow clap. Now we have a better coach than you and we’re still owning you in recruiting. This is still with the sanctions lingering from our immoral institution. Once those are gone, you might as well be Temple. You’ve got no shot.

  19. musketmaniac says: Aug 13, 2014 10:55 PM

    I’m going to make this quick, since I obviously articulate a little better than your dumb a.. Excuses, Excuses Excuses. Georgia, Oklahoma and Clemson had over 30 days between their last game and them getting beat by WVU. Excuses, Excuses Excuses. They were healthy they were rested, they got beat. give up junior, your beat. And penn state is yesterdays news on the football field and today’s joke on the net.

  20. ningenito78 says: Aug 14, 2014 12:24 AM

    Sucks to be Lasche these days.

  21. jec332 says: Aug 14, 2014 4:58 AM

    Oh, musket. We’re always today’s news for football. That’s why you follow us obsessively. “Today’s joke on the net.” What are you some preteen girl? Ha, the jokes are from small people like yourself dropping one liners on an article about us getting even better.

    Listen, Boise. You got your 3 miracle wins, but now that you’re in a real conference and playing a real schedule you’ve for no shot. WVU is always the joke, as you’re a bunch of inbreds.

    Give it up. Nobody at Penn State will ever want to be you, and you’re never going to be good enough to be one of or beat us. That’s why you come and comment on our articles. You care about us. See, and we don’t care about you. You’re irrelevant, “junior.”

  22. kosarkid says: Aug 14, 2014 9:39 AM

    Maybe they’ll put the new JoePa statue in the showers with that money.

  23. jec332 says: Aug 14, 2014 9:48 AM

    Kosarkid, a Paterno statue joke? That’s not even original trolling material. This isn’t 2011. Come on. Try harder.

  24. musketmaniac says: Aug 14, 2014 11:24 AM

    I love it, Thank you jerc. Notice during our argument I refrained from lowering myself to your level by calling jo pa the pederass that he is, although once you realized that I kicked your ass you resorted to using hate words like inbred. I always know I win when the idiots that I argue with call me a redneck. Jec some good advice for you, give your phone back to your mom, go buy a penis pump and find yourself a nice young man(of age) to play jerry with.

  25. musketmaniac says: Aug 14, 2014 11:30 AM

    nice one Kosar, Has anyone on here ever researched Jo pa`s sugar daddy Busy Arnold. He was a homosexual comic tycoon that took an interest in a young jo pa. He paid for paternos tuition at brown, payed his rent and took care of his little jo pa. ever wonder why jo needed depends diapers at such a young age. Normally only homosexual men in their 70s require those. but jo pa needed that at a much younger age, I bet him in Busy Arnold were very happy together.

  26. jec332 says: Aug 14, 2014 12:55 PM

    Musket,

    Oh, musket. You are an inbred. People aren’t calling you names because you won. Haha, you don’t really think all those people in you life that have called you an idiot did so because you “won,” do you? That’s really what you think? I guess you also think people wish they were “as smart as you” too, huh?

    You really live in this fantasy world. You can call Paterno whatever you’d like. It doesn’t make that true. I’m sure you also think the world is flat and that WVU is a respectable institution. Again, fantasy. I would say you are a disgrace to WVU and West Virginia, but your fan base is generally known to be uneducated and trashy. You’re just par for the course. Oops, ha, I guess you “won” again.

  27. Ian's Rushtache says: Aug 14, 2014 2:12 PM

    I gotta say that Musket has proven to be the prototypical Murican.

    Starts calling people names and when he has sufficiently annoyed them that they resort to calling him a name he gets all butt hurt and starts crying how he is above name calling.

    Apparently West Virginia, and Rand Paul, have not come to grips with the fact that prior statements become permanent on the interwebs.

    West Virginia where the men are men(so are the women) and the sheep are scared.

  28. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 14, 2014 2:28 PM

    Let’s list the teams that wouldn’t trade their BCS Bowl record for WVU’s 3-0.

    Florida (5-2, 2 NCs)
    Bama (3-3, 3 NCs)
    Ohio State (6-4, 1 NC)
    LSU (4-1, 2 NCs)
    Texas (3-1, 1 NC)
    USC (5-1, 1 NC*)
    FSU (3-5, 2 NCs)
    Auburn (2-1, 1 NC)
    Miami (3-1, 1 NC)
    Tennessee (1-1, 1 NC)
    Oklahoma (4-5, 1 NC)

    *USC NC via AP

  29. jec332 says: Aug 14, 2014 2:57 PM

    8to80texansblog,

    You forgot to list the teams that wouldn’t trade places with WVU as a program:

    Everyone.

  30. kosarkid says: Aug 14, 2014 3:32 PM

    jec,

    No one is jealous of PSU. Your last NC was in the 80’s and was won by a stellar defense. Who was that defensive coordinator again? The only reason your school is “relevant” is due to the scandal. Enjoy your march to mediocrity though. Can’t wait until you guys have mildly successful seasons and you’ll think that you are better than everyone else. People write on here to get people like you all fired up. It’s amusement to us, albeit cruel, but still fun nonetheless.

  31. jec332 says: Aug 14, 2014 3:38 PM

    Kosarkid,

    Why should you get all the amusement?

    How about you tell us where you went to school?

    That should be good for a laugh.

  32. kosarkid says: Aug 14, 2014 3:49 PM

    jec,

    How about I don’t tell you where I went to school you freakin’ stalker. How about you quit bashing everyones’ college. PSU isn’t Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale… PSU is good at engineering, farming, and child rape cover ups. So unless you went there for any of those 3 reasons you got ripped off.

  33. jec332 says: Aug 14, 2014 4:23 PM

    Kosar,

    Are you sure that’s not you, musket?

    You’re both really good at criticizing, but you’re not good at taking it. You get butthurt or claim people are stalking you when people where you. Let’s be real, you’re here because where you went is probably a dump of a school.

    You’re right. Those are different. They’re all private schools. Penn State is good at cover ups, but we’re also great at everything else. That’s why we’re one of the top 10 public universities for overall academics in the country. Feel free to check USNews.

    Anyway, I don’t particularly care to bash your school. I’m only asking because if you’re so good at criticizing PSU then you must feel you went to a better place. If so, why be ashamed of where you went?

    See, I know my school is a great place. You know it too. That’s why you’re here hating. At the end of the day, Penn Staters know that PSU is one of the best with combing elite academics and athletics. Despite some that lost their way, we’ll continue to strive to do things the right way and for excellence. I get that bothers you and that’s fine.

  34. musketmaniac says: Aug 14, 2014 5:57 PM

    8 to 80 your a genius, Well probably not. but you were smart enough not to put penn state on that list.

  35. kosarkid says: Aug 14, 2014 6:16 PM

    Jec,
    I sincerely hope that you meant that you’ll START to do things the right way. For example, Sandusky coverup was not the right way. But with Franklin and the AD from FSU, I’m sure the good old days are there to stay. And I’m sure all of your fellow PSU alumni, assuming that you graduated, are proud that you’re there representing the university with your vocabulary that consists primarily of calling people “butthurt” and “trolls”.

  36. musketmaniac says: Aug 14, 2014 6:43 PM

    That’s should be a CFT headline. The Kosarkid slams jec at 3:49pm without using the term butthurt or troll.

  37. jec332 says: Aug 14, 2014 6:57 PM

    Musket,

    *you’re

    Kosarkid,

    Ah, still not comfortable saying your school, huh?

    Reading comprehension. There were those that didn’t, as I said, but everyone else will CONTINUE. Everyone left for years now have always done it the right way.

    I did graduate from PSU UP. I can’t speak for them, but I think they’d agree that someone that says we’re only good at three things, one being covering up rape, is a troll and butthurt. I know I’m proud of having graduated from PSU, which it appears you can’t seem to honestly say about your school. Your anger makes more sense under , though. Under those circumstances, I might be frustrated too if I saw all these people that loved their great school while I was disappointed/ashamed of mine.

    Anyway, that’s it for me. I’ve wasted enough time on you two. Plus, I’m sure we’ll be seeing you two on future PSU articles, as you both seem obsessed with PSU. I don’t blame you! Have a good one.

  38. eidolon21 says: Aug 14, 2014 8:02 PM

    Cosey Kid butthurt Miami Thug
    sorry Paterno and PSU beat you all the time.Can you say Fiesta Bowl!

  39. kosarkid says: Aug 14, 2014 8:31 PM

    Eidolon,

    The series is tied between the Miami Thugs and Ped State once you take away the one win from the era of “Butt Hurting” as per NCAA and Ped State agreement. So you’re just another one of Jerry’s boys thinking that mediocrity is the same as dominance. I could even care less if The U had less wins. No matter how many thugs The U has pales in comparison to Joe Pa enabling a pedophile to roam freely on campus and giving him an office next to his so he can watch.

  40. kosarkid says: Aug 14, 2014 8:32 PM

    See you around jec : ) I look forward to our future dialogue.

  41. corvusrex96 says: Aug 14, 2014 8:35 PM

    You really cant get into talking smack when Sandusky essentially was involved with EVERY part of your team’s success & history. It is a shame but one outcome of the national embarrassment should have been ditching the holier than thou attitude many PSU football fans spew. PSU is a good state school but it is not the Stanford of the East

  42. eidolon21 says: Aug 14, 2014 9:08 PM

    So Miami’s Coach is Al Golden learned everything from Joe Pa
    Kind of makes Miami guilty of everything you mention above KozarKid Molester is the new name

  43. tigertigerwoodsyall says: Aug 14, 2014 10:24 PM

    The use of proper punctuation, spelling and sentence structure is completely lost on this message board. I doubt any of you graduated from middle school, let alone a major university. Idiots.

  44. musketmaniac says: Aug 14, 2014 11:42 PM

    Grammar, that’s all you have to say. At least the eidy and jerc show stand for something. Oh well you stand for grammar. News flash this is not journalism. I appreciate when people spell things completely and correctly, but a proper and intelligent person should be able to read shorthand or ghetto texting. man you already bore me, where are those nittanys at.

  45. musketmaniac says: Aug 14, 2014 11:54 PM

    and going off topic, Kosarkid question are you happy with Miami in the acc. and by the way he wasn’t Kosar but I was at mountaineer field for Vinnie Testaverde and the your 80s Hurricane great show. Only Doug Flutie visit ranks higher with me. When Flutie won the Heisman he stated at the ceremony his only regret was not beating WVU. ,0-4 against the mountaineers,

  46. musketmaniac says: Aug 15, 2014 12:00 AM

    Oh and to reply to Ian’s comments earlier. Everybody knows when discussing Mythological Bestiality. The sheep are nervous.

  47. kosarkid says: Aug 15, 2014 11:59 AM

    eidolon21,

    Check my posts on other posts about the U. I don’t support the Golden. You see, I don’t blindly support every facet of my team, unlike Ped Staters. You ARE PED STATE, and always will be.

    Musket,

    Miami is years away from winning the ACC. Having the NCAA investigate your school for 2 years will do that to your program. But at least they didn’t pay Freeh for a quick investigation and then complain because they didn’t like the results. I do miss the WVU games though, they were always good no matter who was having the better year.

  48. eidolon21 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:05 PM

    KosarKid Molester
    You are simply someone who hates because your football teams lost to a better team.
    I know it, you know it, and most people reading this know it. Same goes for Muscrat, PSU beat WVU like a drum year in and year out. So you hate and lie about it Your guilt by association carries no weight with most people so crawl back into your hole.

  49. musketmaniac says: Aug 15, 2014 2:51 PM

    eidy, move on. Penn state was awesome pre 80s we get it. There is a lovely article on closet exiting sun devil that’s only a few hours old. I would love to hear your nittany opinion on the subject.

  50. musketmaniac says: Aug 15, 2014 3:09 PM

    days

  51. kosarkid says: Aug 15, 2014 6:35 PM

    You got me eidolon…. my hate for your team comes from a time when I was 4 and ped state beat a team that I didn’t root for at that time. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact PED State fans have been preaching about how Holy and righteous Joe was and how he is the real victim and not those, using your words here, butthurt kids that joe let get raped. But you probably thought those kids had it coming to them for dressing too sexy.

  52. eidolon21 says: Aug 15, 2014 7:34 PM

    al golden was there Miami is a pedophile enabling school and you support Miami you are guilty using your own illogical thinking

  53. jec332 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:19 PM

    Eidolon,

    Don’t worry about this guy. It makes sense why he’s here and didn’t want to admit his team.

    He overlooks:
    -rapes. Miami had two current players that JUST THIS YEAR raped a 17 year old (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/2-um-football-players-rape-teen-campus-cops-article-1.1858696)

    -murders (Glenn Sharpe http://miami.cbslocal.com/2012/02/24/former-um-player-super-bowl-champ-arrested-for-murder/ , Ray Lewis step forward)

    -boosters getting players/recruits drugs, prostitutes, and even arranging an abortion (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/renegade-miami-football-booster-spells-213700753–spt.html )

    Remember 2006? 13 Hurricanes players were suspended after a vicious on-field brawl. Miami players were bludgeoning FIU players with their helmets ON THE FIELD. They could have killed someone right there. That year Coker actually had to set a team policy that players not own or carry firearms, as the criminal activity of the players was spilling into the locker room.

    These are merely a sample of Miami, it’s program, and the players it produces.

    Are the PSU covered up rapes any more despicable than the rapes constantly taking place at Miami by their players? No. I’m one of those people that does not place one life above another based on circumstance. Women getting raped are not somehow less of rapes than a young boy because a few individuals, being punished, covered it up.

    Now, does those things above make Miami Rape U, Murder U, Supplying Drugs to Minors U, Prostitute U, or Abortion U? Of course not.

    It’s a mix of all of those.

    Yeah, we had covered up rapes, which was obviously very sad, but rape is just the beginning at Miami.

    We removed the few individuals involved. We, everyone left, will continue to have the goal of being a program and school that achieves excellence the right way. That’s always been the goal, while Miami embraces Convict U.

    So, he can “Ped State” all he wants, but nobody wishes they were Miami. That’s especially true of everyone at Penn State.

    See you on future articles, Eidolon. Let’s go Penn State!

  54. lennylyles says: Aug 15, 2014 9:33 PM

    Franklin can stop his crying now. Talk to people that have worked with him and they will tell you he is as arrogant as it comes. It is hard not to win and be in nation contention at Penn State. i am sure he will be successful.

  55. kosarkid says: Aug 16, 2014 12:40 AM

    Hey jec welcome back… as posted above I said miami had a bunch of thugs. We know what miami is about and don’t try to hide the problems. You are PED STATE and always will be. Btw, the field brawl was awesome.

  56. eidolon21 says: Aug 16, 2014 9:24 AM

    miami proud to be thugs and worse

  57. musketmaniac says: Aug 16, 2014 11:07 AM

    wtf children play nice

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