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Grades will sideline PSU's Paul Jones

Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:10 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Paul Jones was one of the top recruits in Penn State's 2010 recruiting class and was expected to compete for the starting quarterback job for the Nittany Lions this fall. Well, thanks to his grades, the Penn State quarterback derby is now a two-horse race.

According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Jones is going to miss the 2011 season thanks to some academic problems.
Coach Joe Paterno confirmed the news today prior to the Big Ten Conference's kickoff luncheon.

Jones, 6 feet 3 and 245 pounds, has struggled academically since graduating from Sto-Rox High School and enrolling early at Penn State in January 2010.
This means that the quarterback job will likely go to either Rob Bolden or Matt McGloin. Both of whom saw time at quarterback last season. Bolden was the first freshman to start at quarterback at Penn State during Paterno's long tenure at the school. After Bolden suffered a concussion, McGloin took over the starting gig and never let it go.

Which led to Bolden requesting a transfer after the season, a request that was denied by Paterno, but now it seems everybody is happy to be in Happy Valley.
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Since: Aug 15, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:48 am
 

Grades will sideline PSU's Paul Jones

He should have gone to an SEC school, they`re not required to follow NCAA rules
Says the holier than thou self rightous B10 fan....



Since: Apr 19, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 10:06 pm
 

Grades will sideline PSU's Paul Jones

The only players that EVER leave Bama and have an issue of any kind are the ones that never got to play so they went to other schools with less talent and sure playing time. There aren't any cases where Saban has done a kid wrong or done anything that any coach in the country wouldn't do. you people need to realize that Saban runs a very clean and tight program, by the time you people hear about anyone leaving there have been MULTIPLE issues with him but it just isn't aired in public out of respect for the players privacy and best interests. Every time someone is reprimanded or gets in trouble, he doesn't spread the news all over the internet, he deals with it quietly and privately. If the kid doesn't get the hint and straighten out he will pay for it. People shouldn't run off at the mouth when they have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. All you know is what you read and if you believe everything you read then you're far too ignorant to comprehend this anyway. have a nice day and don't hate teams and coaches because they're better ........



Since: Apr 19, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 10:05 pm
 

Grades will sideline PSU's Paul Jones

The only players that EVER leave Bama and have an issue of any kind are the ones that never got to play so they went to other schools with less talent and sure playing time. There aren't any cases where Saban has done a kid wrong or done anything that any coach in the country wouldn't do. you people need to realize that Saban runs a very clean and tight program, by the time you people hear about anyone leaving there have been MULTIPLE issues with him but it just isn't aired in public out of respect for the players privacy and best interests. Every time someone is reprimanded or gets in trouble, he doesn't spread the news all over the internet, he deals with it quietly and privately. If the kid doesn't get the hint and straighten out he will pay for it. People shouldn't run off at the mouth when they have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. All you know is what you read and if you believe everything you read then you're far too ignorant to comprehend this anyway. have a nice day and don't hate teams and coaches because they're better ........



Since: Aug 1, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 9:40 pm
 

Grades will sideline PSU's Paul Jones

Sounds to me then that this is an NCAA problem.  What is the number that you are allowed to sign per year, 25?  What is 4 x 25?  100.  How do you make it work.  You pile on Nick Saban because you think this is a problem, but have you reached out to the players that decided to leave on their own or maybe that had an injury and instead of cutting them loose they are offered an opportunity to stay on scholorship and finish their degree?  Pick up the phone and talk with D. Goode, cause he'll tell you that he loves Bama and that he wanted to see the field, so he left.  Robby Green, really, that's an example for you?  The guy was suspended by the NCAA and could never do what was right and he had to face the discipline that comes along with that.  Same thing for Keiwone Malone and to come with Darrington Sentimore.  You fault Glenn Harbin for leaving because he wasn't going to see the field and pursuing baseball?  Nobody forced him to leave.  Let's not be naive here and say that Bama is the only one to have players leave their program across the 120 NCAA Division 1 football teams.  All your research is great, and I hate that you are having to spend your time pulling numbers, but at the end of the day, these kids are given an opportunity to have a place to live, a free education, and an opportunity to pursue a dream.  Get off your high horse and recognize that there are other things in life besides football.  If they don't cut it, they go somewhere else or pursue something else.  If they have an injury, they are placed on medical scholarship and given an opportunity to finish their degree at the cost of the school.  I think you and all of the North East media elite make a big deal out of this because the SEC has made you and your conference rethink the way they are approaching big time football and what they need to do to win.  At the end of the day, it is about money and I guarantee you that every AD and President in the Big Slow, er 10, er 11, er 12, whatever you guys are calling yourselves these days, will pursue what is most important to all of these Universities, and that is the almighty dollar!  But atleast you guys are doing it the right way, right?  How many players has Iowa lost in the last 2 or 3 years?  What about Ohio State?  Don't tell me "Well, they were kicked off because they got in trouble with the law".  Guess what, that debunks half of your argument about the players at Bama.  There is a standard and if you can't live up to that standard from a discipline standpoint, then you have to go.  You make some great points, not taking that away from you at all, but nothing that Bama has done is illegal, immoral, unethical, and if you took two seconds to talk to some of these guys who left the program you would probably make that realization also.



Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 9:05 pm
 

Grades will sideline PSU's Paul Jones

looks to me like you recruit recruit recruit...then if they don't pan out you don't renew or you can always send them to their favorite color of comunity college,greyshirt or get a medical hardship.



Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 9:00 pm
 

Grades will sideline PSU's Paul Jones

want more..... here it goes.Facts got to love them.
Glenn HarbinDefensive LineDecided to play baseball; Demetrius GoodeRunning BackTransfer to North Alabama; Petey SmithLinebackerTransfer to Holems CC; Brandon MooreDefensive LinemanTransfer to East Mississippi Community College; Corey GrantRunning BackTransfer to Auburn; Keiwone MaloneWide ReceiverTransfer to Memphis; Robby GreenDefensive BackTransfer to California University of Pennsylvania ; Darrington SentimoreDefensive LinemanTransfer Rumored ; Currently Suspended, not on rosterArron DouglasOffensive LinemanDied during offseason; RIP, hate having to list him here.Kerry MurphyDefensive LineMedical HardshipKendall KellyDefensive BackMedical HardshipWes NeighborsDefensive BackMedical Hardship

2010 The March to 85 - Alabama

Terry GrantRunning BackScholarship not renewedTravis SikesWide ReceiverScholarship not renewedRod WoodsonSafetyScholarship not renewedStar JacksonQuarterbackTransfer, Georgia State Div 1AA.Deion BelueDefensive BackAcademically Ineligible; headed to JUCOAlfy HillLinebackerAcademically Ineligible; future unknownTaylor PharrOffensive LinemanMedical HardshipMilton TalbertLinebackerMedical HardshipDarius McKellerOffensive LinemanMedical HardshipRonnie CarswellWide ReceiverGreyshirtWilson LoveDefensive EndGreyshirt

so your statements aren't completelty true.Nice try though




Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 8:53 pm
 

Grades will sideline PSU's Paul Jones

Can't wait for your expanaiton to this....uhhh we don't over recruit!Just listen to the coach and not the number's.hahahahahah



Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 8:53 pm
 

Grades will sideline PSU's Paul Jones

Can't wait for your expanaiton to this....uhhh we don't over recruit!Just listen to the coach and not the number's.hahahahahah



Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 8:49 pm
 

Grades will sideline PSU's Paul Jones

hows that



Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 8:48 pm
 

Grades will sideline PSU's Paul Jones

Saban implied that this year's class of 21 (now 22) new recruits and 2 grayshirt players that carry over from last year was all they were allowed to take.  Further implying that they are currently full and that the 24 new additions now bring them to the 85 limit.  He went on to say that there might be wiggle room to get 1 more guy.

Saban said Alabama has signed the number of players that it could.

"We could add one or so to that, if the opportunity presents itself in the future," he said, presumably referring to defensive end Jadaveon Clowney, the nation's No. 1 prospect from Rock Hill, S.C. (South Pointe High School), and offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio of Hyattsville, Md. (DeMatha Catholic High School).

"We have some people who could not finish the season who will probably not be able to continue to play that can be replaced, and we have several (redshirted) players who can graduate and may not come back for the fifth year."

In breaking that down, he is saying that right now they are at 85 and the only way there would be room for future additions would be for future attrition.  This means two things:

1. We shouldn't see any attrition this year to free up space and get down to 85, and if we do see attrition and no new recruits are added, Alabama will operate below the 85 limit by the number of players that "create their own situation for leaving."

2. If Alabama truly had room for 24 scholarship additions, where the hell did they come from?  They had 14 seniors listed on their roster, 6 of which were listed as SQ for scout team.  They had 3 Juniors leave for the NFL draft and they had 1 player announce he was going to transfer prior to signing day, BJ Scott.  That is 12 scholarship players (8 seniors + 3 juniors to the NFL + 1 transfer).  Saban said they were not at 85 total last year, so were they 12 under the 85?  And if so, why the grayshirt announcements on the last day before the deadline.

The math just doesn't add up and it's not even close.  Compare this to Northwestern's roster situation and look at the difference in how everything is handled.

: "We have 85 scholarships, we had 17 to give, and we’re at 85 right now."

: "It's none of your business. Aiight? And don't give me this stuff about the fans need to know, because they don't need to know."

The SEC and the NCAA need to create transparency in the numbers and how they are managed.  As we have said all along, schools should have to report their number of openings immediately after the January 15th deadline for Juniors to declare for the draft and they should be restricted to those numbers - if there is not an opening then there shouldn't be a scholarship offer unless it is a grayshirt situation that is documented and cleared with the conference office.  Schools should be limited in the number of LOI they can send out/accept in accordance with their openings under the 85 rule, not the 25 or 28 rule, and if there needs to be an exception for up to three extra, fine, but everyone wants transparency.  Fans want it, parents and recruits need it, the coaches need it and there is no reason the numbers shouldn't be made available.  In fact, the only reason to not make them available is because you have something to hide.  The Big 10 has had this transparency since 1954, it's time for the SEC to do the same



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