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Penn State receives $1 million gift for football facility upgrades


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.

Malzahn not ready to name Sean White Auburn’s starter vs. Kentucky just yet

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Auburn got back in the win column after two straight losses. While winning a game must have felt nice, head coach Gus Malzahn  is not prepared to say whether or not Sean White will be the team’s starting quarterback moving forward.

“I thought he competed; he did some good things,” Malzahn said after the game Saturday, per Al.com. “We’ll take this thing week-to-week like we’ve been doing it. We’re starting to kind of get good answers to the questions that we needed.”

White replaced Jeremy Johnson at quarterback last week against Mississippi State. Johnson, a preseason Heisman favorite for some, struggled out of the gate of the season with six interceptions thrown and a lost fumble. That forced Malzahn to make a change at quarterback after a woeful performance against FCS Jacksonville State and a loss to LSU. White lost his first game as a starter against Mississippi State but the offense has been marginally better. White has yet to throw a touchdown pass in his first two starts.

Against San Jose State, White completed six of 10 pass attempts for 1087 yards. Auburn’s running game is what helped push the Tigers by the Spartans, with Peyton Barber scoring all five touchdowns in the 35-21 victory. Auburn’s next game is in two weeks against Kentucky, on Thursday, October 15 in Lexington.

Big changes in AP poll, but Ohio State still comfortable on top

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The Ohio State Buckeyes remain atop the AP Top 25 this week, but the Big 12’s top contenders have bumped Michigan State down two spots. No. 2 TCU picked up five first-place votes and managed to stay ahead of No. 3 Baylor despite the Bears getting 10 first-place votes.

No. 5 Utah picked up seven first-place votes and No. 9 Texas A&M received the last first-place vote available. The big mover in this week’s AP poll was No. 11 Florida, with the Gators jumping 14 spots in the poll after dismantling Ole Miss Saturday night. The Rebels dropped from No. 3 down to No. 14. No. 15 Notre Dame fell nine spots after losing at No. 6 Clemson. No. 19 Georgia also tumbled this week, down 11 spots after being blown out at home by Alabama. It was also a rough week for No. 20 UCLA, falling 13 spots after losing to Arizona State at home.

New teams in the AP poll this week include No. 22 Iowa, No. 24 Toledo and No. 25 Boise State. Iowa and Boise State also made appearances in the coaches poll earlier today, but Toledo did not. Memphis appears in the coach spill but is the third team in its own conference in the others receiving votes category, behind Houston and Temple. Memphis tied with division foe Navy in that category as well.

  1. Ohio State (38 first-place votes)
  2. TCU (5)
  3. Baylor (10)
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah (7)
  6. Clemson
  7. LSU
  8. Alabama
  9. Texas A&M (1)
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Florida
  12. Florida State
  13. Northwestern
  14. Ole Miss
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Stanford
  17. USC
  18. Michigan
  19. Georgia
  20. UCLA
  21. Oklahoma State
  22. Iowa
  23. Cal
  24. Toledo
  25. Boise State