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Rutgers Scarlet Knights running back Raheem Blackshear (25) celebrates his touchdown against the Purdue Boilermakers with Rutgers Scarlet Knights tight end Jerome Washington (88) in the 3rd quarter at High Point Solutions Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights running back Raheem Blackshear (25) celebrates his touchdown against the Purdue Boilermakers with Rutgers Scarlet Knights tight end Jerome Washington (88) in the 3rd quarter at High Point Solutions Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

Even before No. 14 Penn State lost its last two games, Nittany Lions coach James Franklin believes his team lost its way.

The Lions (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) will try to regain their bearings in time for Saturday's homecoming matchup against resurgent Rutgers (4-5, 3-3).

Penn State followed up a 39-38 loss at Ohio State with a 27-24 defeat last week at Michigan State, and Franklin told reporters afterward that his team was "too finesse" and had allowed "a lot of noise" to become a distraction -- the latter a reference to talk of a berth in the conference championship game and/or College Football Playoff...

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Nov 12, 2016; East Lansing, MI, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Giovanni Rescigno (17) attempts to throw the ball during the second half of a game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium. Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2016; East Lansing, MI, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Giovanni Rescigno (17) attempts to throw the ball during the second half of a game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium. Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

The door to a berth in the Big Ten Championship Game is wide open for Penn State and what was unthinkable just weeks ago -- a shot at the four-team College Football Playoff -- is within reach. The question now is: Can the injury-riddle Nittany Lions (8-2, 6-1 Big Ten) limp through it?

No. 9 Penn State, ranked eighth in this week's College Football Playoff poll, is expected to play without its top three offensive tackles when it travels to Piscataway, N.J., to play Rutgers (2-8, 0-7) on Saturday.

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Defending NCAA champion Villanova will face Notre Dame and Pittsburgh will meet Penn State in the Never Forget Tribute Classic at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on Dec. 10.

Villanova will face Notre Dame at noon on CBS, while Pittsburgh will face Penn State at 2:30 on CBS Sports Network.

All four teams have connections to New Jersey and continue to recruit there.

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Lamar Stevens, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound small forward from Philly Roman Catholic, committed to Penn State on Friday.

?When I took my official up there...it was such a family environment and you could tell that they had so much confidence in me and my ability to be successful,? he told CoBL on Thursday night. ?It was hard for me to turn down.?

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Dylan Painter, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound power forward from Hershey (PA) High School, enjoyed his official visit to?Penn State and is now weighing his next move.

"I've been there many times so I didn't really see anything new but I just really enjoyed spending time with the staff and players," Painter said on Sunday. "The atmosphere at the football game was great. And they said I could play the 4 or the 5 and they would like me to stretch the floor and play inside."

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Penn State on Monday scored a commitment from 6-foot-4 Philadelphia (PA) Roman Catholic point guard Tony Carr.

?I started to look deeper into things and weigh my options a little bit heavier, I just realized that was the best place for me,? he told CoBL. ?I feel like I can go to Penn State and prosper as a young man, not only on the basketball but off the basketball court.?

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For two years, ?the big question about Rutgers football has been how competitive the Scarlet Knights will be in the Big Ten.

Saturday night at 8, ?they'll start providing answers when they host Penn State at High Point Solutions Stadium in their first game in their new, prestigious conference (AP, Sept. 12).

Both teams are 2-0. Bur in terms of tradition and on-field success,?Penn State is far ahead of the Knights, whose invitation had more to do with New Jersey's population and demographics. The game is on the Big Ten Network, an already profitable channel expected to benefit greatly by expanding into the Garden State.

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Marshall transfer Kareem Canty enjoyed his visit to?Penn State and says he will make his decision "soon."

"It was?better than what I expected and people give credit for," the 6-foot-1 Canty said by text. "I love the support and facilities."

Canty said Penn State head coach Pat Chambers and his staff planned to use him the way they did Tim Frazier, who averaged 14.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists last year for the Nittany Lions.

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AVALON, N.J. -- After spending more than 30 days on the road in July and August recruiting in the U.S. and coaching his team in Europe, Pat Chambers is back on the sunny Jersey Shore for a few days of rest and relaxation with his family.

In the midst of a 10-mile bike ride Tuesday morning, Chambers stopped off for some coffee at the Avalon Coffee Co., and a chat with a reporter. Wearing blue shorts, a faded blue "Penn State" basketball shirt and sunglasses, a cheerful Chambers chatted with fans and well-wishers inside the coffee stop as he waited on line for his java.

"It's close to a month, a month and a half of not seeing your kids," Chambers said of his summer. "And it's not easy because they need a father and you want to be around them during the important years. They're 4, 3 and 1. 'Where's daddy?' It's hard so now this week being down here I'm trying to catch up and spend a lot of time with them and get that family time back."

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Ever since decommitting from Penn State last week, Brandon Austin has been a very popular guy.

His Team Philly coach, Lonnie Lowry, said Baylor, UCLA, Maryland, Georgetown, Marquette and Florida have been heavily involved with the 6-foot-6, 175-pound small forward out of Philly?Imhotep?Charter?since his decommitment.

"Those schools have all really, really, really showed the most interest, so it's going to be up to him to pick a few schools that he wants to go ahead and visit," Lowry told SNY.tv. "Maryland and Georgetown are pretty close [to Philly]."

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The NCAA levied heavy fines and sanctions today agains the football program at Penn State. The once-storied program, headed for 45 years by the iconic Joe Paterno who passed away earlier this year, did not receive the dreaded "death penalty", but the program will be significantly crippled for years to come.

The lowdown of sanctions from Ben Kercheval of College Football Talk....

1) A $60 million fine, the funds of which go to external programs for child abuse. According to the NCAA, that amount ?cannot come at the expense of non-revenue sports or student-athlete scholarships.?

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Pat Chambers has yet to coach his first official game at Penn State and he's already facing a situation no other basketball coach before him has had to deal with.

Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and University President Graham Spanier were fired Wednesday night, and the University is at the center of the nation's attention because of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

"It's disturbing, you know, I'm a father," Chambers said Thursday on a conference call. "I'm a father of two with one on the way, so it's very disturbing and disheartening for us. Obviously, we're going through some trying times right now here, and we somehow have to just stick together and stay positive.

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The sex-abuse scandal that has rocked Penn State this week will forever tarnish the legacy of one of the most revered college coaches of all-time - Joe Paterno.

Penn State was supposed to be the high ground of college football - the program that didn't cheat and held their players to a higher standard. The allegations and charges against former assistant Jerry Sandusky threaten to shatter that image.

What is worse is that Paterno himself - although not criminally implicated - turned a blind eye for years towards the abuse of eight pre-adolescent boys who were molested by one of his closest confidants - with some of the incidents occurring right on the grounds of the university...

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Daniel Dingle is headed to Temple.

The 6-foot-7 forward from St. Raymond's High School in The Bronx chose the Owls over Seton Hall, Auburn and Miami, his brother, Dana Dingle, told SNY.tv.

UMass, Maryland and Missouri had also been involved.

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Brandon Taylor, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound power forward from Trenton (N.J.) Catholic, verbally pledged to Penn State.

Taylor chose the Lions over?Miami, Drexel, Temple, Richmond and South Florida, his father, Byron, told SNY.tv.

"Proximity is one of the reasons," Byron Taylor said. "He wanted to be close to home where his family could go see him play."

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D.J. Newbill, a 6-foot-4 point guard from Philadelphia who spent last season at Southern Miss, made a verbal commitment Friday to Penn State.

Newbill, who averaged 9.2 points and 6.2 rebounds as a freshman, also considered Temple, Drexel and La Salle, among others.

He will sit out next season as per NCAA transfer regulations before having three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2012.

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Freddie Wilson, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound combo guard from New Haven (Conn.) Hillhouse, signed with Seton Hall, according to Hillhouse coach Ty Sullivan.

Wilson, who averaged 21 points, eight assists and five rebounds, also considered Fordham and Drexel.

"He's a combination guard," New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski said. "Very high energy. Quick, very aggressive. Never takes a step backward. He attacks the basket and is always in attack mode. Not a pure point, not a pure shooter, but very high energy. He can be a very good press player."

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Jarelle Reischel, a 6-foot-6, 204-pound wing from Point Pleasant Beach (N.J.) High, has shuffled his visits a bit.

Having already visited Rice officially, Reischel will visit Seton Hall Oct. 14, Georgetown Oct. 21, Penn State Oct. 30 and Temple at a date TBD.

"They're all kind of equal," he said Friday by phone. "I visited all of them unofficially. I'll get a better feel for which school will lead after I take my official visits."

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Jarelle Reischel, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound wing from Point Pleasant Beach (N.J.) High, has settled on five schools.

He visits Rice Thursday, Georgetown (Oct. 8), Seton Hall (Oct. 14), Penn State (Oct. 28) and Temple (TBD), according to his high school coach, Nick Catania.

"They're all in a pretty good position," Catania said. "They've all worked pretty hard at it. That's coming from him."

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A year ago at this time, Elijah Carter was being recruited by low- and mid-level Division 1 programs, just hoping to get a scholarship to play ball.

A year later, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Carter is one of the hottest prospects available, as evidenced by the fact that Cincinnati, Rutgers, Oregon, Texas A&M and Charlotte wanted him to attend college this fall even though he has already said he'll spend a prep year at Brewster (N.H. ) Academy.

"He plays like Kyrie Irving," one Big East assistant coach said, referring to the McDonald's All-American from Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick headed to Duke. "He's best friends with Kyrie Irving. His game is similar to his. He's not really a point guard. He's more of a scoring guard but he can play the point."

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By ALEX KLINE

What is the significance of June 15th to coaches, players and the class of 2012 as a whole?

It was the first day when the NCAA permits college coaches to officially recruit prospects. On this day, college coaches can make their first contact with members of the class of 2012 for the first time whether it?s to talk with them or even offer them. A number of top prospects in the class of 2012 and even one big name in the class of 2013 picked up offers Tuesday.

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NEPTUNE, N.J. -- Ronald Roberts is a 6-foot-7 rising senior small forward from St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City who is long and athletic and compares himself to Rudy Gay.

Marcus Toney-El, the former Seton Hall star, is coaching Roberts this summer with the Playaz Basketball Club.

"Ronald plays hard, he's athletic," Toney-El said. "Obviously, he could jump, dunk the basketball, block shots. He's been working on his ball-handling, been working on about 15-18 foot shot so his game is definitely developing. Assuming he doesn't grow anymore, he has to play the three."

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DETROIT -- Carl Henry says his sons "should have their releases [from Memphis] as early as Monday" and are still trying to determine if they will be able to play together next season at Kansas or Memphis.

C.J. Henry is a non-scholarship player at Memphis and would have to get an NCAA waiver to suit up immediately next year after transferring. He did not play as a walk-on last year because of a broken foot. Xavier Henry chose Memphis over Kansas last November and could wind up playing for Bill Self.

"I'm thinking they would like to play together," Carl said Saturday morning by phone. "If it doesn't happen and C.J. wants to play right away, Xavier could leave and go where he wants to go and C.J. would have to stay right here in Memphis."

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