Penn State football coach Bill O’Brien and men’s basketball coach Pat Chambers visited Berks County Tuesday, kicking off the PSU Coaches Caravan with a press conference and luncheon at Berks Campus in Reading. Some highlights:
– Coach O’Brien stressed unity in the PSU community, and asked for on-going support as Penn State continues to deal with the NCAA sanctions. He reiterated the fact that he won’t decide on a starting quarterback until just before the season opener; he suggested during the luncheon that a regular-season meeting with USC could come in the next few seasons, as could a PSU game in Ireland. He also suggested that the Blue/White game injury to returning leading rusher Zach Zwinack and the roster & scholarship limitations forced by the NCAA’s sanctions could lead to changes in structure for future Blue/White games. He also suggested that Wilson High grad Pat Zerbe will likely be the Nittany Lions’ starting fullback this fall!
– Coach Chambers said PSU Freshman and Berks Catholic grad Donovan Jack is progressing well in recovering from the foot injury that cost him the end of his freshman season. He said Jack has gained strength and weight during his rehab, and has a chance to start for the Nittany Lions this winter. He also said that PA’s high school basketball talent is certainly on par with the talent in other parts of the country, based on his recruiting experiences and the talent he sees elsewhere in the Big 10
You can hear the coaches’ comments on the WEEU Week In Review podcast this week and next!
PSU Football Coach Bill O’Brien at Berks Campus