Alabama Safety Ruled Ineligible; PSU Soccer Coach Gorman Resigns

Alabama Logo 134x150 Alabama Safety Ruled Ineligible; PSU Soccer Coach Gorman ResignsIt is being widely reported that Alabama's likely starting safety has been ruled ineligible for 2010 by the NCAA.  Not a lot of details are out as to why, and coach Nick Saban says he will stay on scholarship and continue to practice with the team.

Also, the big news today out of State College was the resignation of men's soccer coach Barry Gorman.

Let's face, in the coming months, Penn State football fans will have more and more interest and attention on Alabama.   The Penn State vs Alabama football game will only increase in hype, fascinate each school's fan base, and become ridiculously over-analyzed.  From this perspective, the ineligibility of a potential starting safety is a pretty big deal.

However, Penn State fans should remember or learn something about Alabama, SEC, and southern football in general when it comes to rules infractions.  Nothing is ever permanent.  As my good buddy and Auburn alum said today:  "He will be starting for the PSU game for sure."

Long Time Soccer Coach Gorman Resigns

by flounder

Barry Gorman has resigned as the Penn State men’s Soccer coach today in Happy Valley to pursue other professional opportunities.  Coach Gorman was a fixture on the PSU sideline for the last 24 years (2 as an assistant).  He truly has exemplified what I believe is the vision of Penn State athletics,  stay competitive while making sure that when the kids that arrive on campus leave as men and exceptional student athletes.

Since joining the Big Ten, Penn State has won 3 Big Ten Titles under Coach Gorman and has had several NCAA appearances.  Coach Gorman will be difficult to replace to say the least, as he was as much a fixture to the Penn State Soccer fan base as a certain other coach who spends Saturdays in the fall across the street from Jeffrey Field.

Coach Gorman has said he wanted to do this now to allow Penn State to search nationally for a replacement.  There are several coaches out there that may make sense, but do not be surprised to hear the name Marlon LeBlanc, head coach at West Virginia,  announces as the new Head Coach.

Coach LeBlanc played for the Nittany Lions beginning in 1994 and coached under Gorman from 2001-2005.  He has coached the Mountaineers to a ranking as high as No. 3 in 2006. This could be the best fit for PSU as LeBlanc is a good coach and was a great recruiter for PSU.

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