Coronavirus testing results continue to look positive at Penn State, even as more college conferences continue to ponder the viability of fall sports seasons.
In the first round of promised announcements about the state of COVID-19 testing among student-athletes who have reported back to the university since June, Penn State announced Wednesday that, as of July 10, the athletic department had conducted 178 tests of student-athletes. None have been positive. Thirty-one are pending.
Penn State is hoping fall sports can be held, especially on the gridiron.
Of course, it’s going to depend as much on the testing results at other schools as it does at Penn State. Last week, the Big Ten announced it plans to play conference-only schedules in fall sports, eliminating the Nittany Lions three scheduled nonconference football games, including its Sept. 12 trip to Virginia Tech.
Just in case
A Penn State player will have an especially good shot at winning one of college football’s major individual awards this season.
Two Nittany Lions running backs — junior Journey Brown and sophomore Noah Cain — were included on the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation’s top running back.
Brown finished last season averaging 6.9 yards per carry and rushed for a program bowl record 202 yards in the Cotton Bowl win against
Memphis. Meanwhile, Cain rushed for eight touchdowns, the most ever by a Penn State freshman.
One of the biggest events surrounding a college football game is cancelled.
The annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., was cancelled Wednesday, meaning there will be no pregame parade leading up to the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl for the first time in 76 years, and third time overall (all during World War II).
Planning for the game, however, is ongoing, which is good news for Big Ten schools, assuming they play this fall.
As always, Penn State has designs on playing in the historic bowl, and that is especially the case this year. The Rose Bowl is hosting one of the College Football Playoff semifinal games.
Donnie Collins has been a member of The Times-Tribune sports staff for nearly 20 years and has been the Penn State football beat writer for Times-Shamrock Newspapers since 2004. The Penn State Football Blog covers Nittany Lions, Big Ten and big-time college football news from Beaver Stadium to the practice field, the bowl game to National Letter of Intent Signing Day. Contact: email@example.com; 570-348-9100 x5368; @DonnieCollinsTT