Ron Musselman's Penn State football chat transcript: 9.23.2010

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Ron Musselman: Colin Cowherd, Michelle Beadle and ESPN's SportsNation are broadcasting live from University Park today. It is part of their tour of Big Ten teams.

nittneylionz: Do you think Penn State should be worried about Temple?

Ron Musselman:
I think Temple is a much improved program as opposed to past years and I do think Penn State should not take the Owls lightly. If this game were in Philadelphia, I might be a little more concerned. I think the Nittany Lions will have enough horsepower to beat the Owls at home. Keep in mind, Temple has not won a game in this series since 1941.

Dan: do you like the way our LBs are playing?

Ron Musselman: I don't think any of the linebackers have been super. Michael Mauti has finally taken over the starting OLB position from Nate Stupar, but Mauti has not shown the explosiveness yet that the coaching staff promised. LB Chris Colasanti leads the team in tackles with 27, followed by Mauti and OLB Bani Gbadyu with 18 each.

Tim: What's Bolden's strength and weakness so far?

Ron Musselman: Through three games, I guess the only thing you can say about Bolden is that he is a good scrambler, He hasn't been sacked yet, which is hard to believe given the status of the inconsistent offensive line. Bolden has made some bad decisions on some of his interceptions (he has five overall) and he has mishandled a number of snaps. That being said, he has shown a lot of poise and he does have three TD passes and one rushing TD. It's hard to say right now just how good he is going to be, but I think he has a chance to be very good.

Ryan: Hi Ron, do you think PSU have a chance against Iowa? They just lost Jewel Hampton

Ron Musselman: Penn State always has a hard time against Iowa, no matter where the game is played. And Kirk Ferentz has owned Joe Paterno through the years. I definitely think this will be tough game for the Nittany Lions, but not as tough as playing Alabama in Tuscaloosa earlier this year. The last time Penn State played in Iowa City in 2008, the Hawkeyes ruined the Lions' unbeaten season and national championship hopes with a last-second field goal.

Sean: our next year's schedule is brutal including Bama,OSU,Neb,Wisconsin and Iowa. but at the same time we should be stronger team next year.. do you think PSU can contend for B10 title?

Ron Musselman: Penn State should be a solid team next year that can contend for a Big Ten title, but it's hard to talk about next year when the Lions haven't even played their first Big Ten game this season. There are certainly some tough road games ahead, with Iowa and Ohio State looming on the schedule in coming weeks. And the Michigan game at home won't be easy, given the Wolverines' success against Penn State through the years.

Gilbert: whats up with Shawney Kersey? why is he transferring in the middle of the season???

Ron Musselman: Well, it has not been officially confirmed by the school, but it does look like Kersey will be transferring. I understand he has asked to be released from his scholarship and it has been granted. He was No. 3 on the depth chart at the one receiver slot behind Devon Smith and Chaz Powell and I guess he just figured there weren't enough receptions to go around. Kersey didn't have any catches this season, but he did have that 24-yard run off at reverse at Alabama. It's funny how things work out. He caught two TD passes from Paul Jones in the Blue-White Game and had everyone buzzing.

JJ: do you think Joe will turn back on Royster?

Ron Musselman: Something is going on between Joe and Royster, regardless of what JoePa says. He has been riding his star tailback since the beginning of the season, when he accused Royster of being too heavy. And I don't think you pull a guy out of a game like he did in the second half with Royster last week just to get Green and Redd more carries. Joe has never done that in the past, so his explanation makes no sense. The bottom line is, the Lions need to get Royster untracked or put him on the bench permanently.

Kevin: should we worry about Temple's passing attack? or just focus on rush defense

Ron Musselman: I would be more worried about Temple's running game. Sophomore tailback Bernard Pierce ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns in Temple's 30-16 victory over Connecticut this past weekend. It was his first 100-yard effort this season after gaining a combined 132 yards in the first two games.

bubs: What's the latest on recruiting?

Ron Musselman: There's nothing to update on recruiting, really. It is still the same as it was two months ago. The Lions still are in the running for some top kids, but have just four verbal commitments for 2011.

Jeong Park: I wanted to see young LBs of Hodges-Mauti-Fortt playing together for 3 years.. do you think those 3 are next years starter?

Ron Musselman: That seems like a pretty logical assumption, assuming Hodges can bounce back from his injury. I think Mike Hull, a freshman, also could figure into that mix, along with Mike Yancich and Nate Stupar. But the trio you mentioned would be pretty darn solid.

bubs: Do you think that Penn State is facing its future coach across the field this Saturday?

Ron Musselman: Temple's Al Golden has often been mentioned as a possible successor to JoePa. It would seem like a logical choice, given Golden's connection to Penn State and Paterno. But I will think the Lions will go outside the Penn State system to hire a coach once Paterno steps down or retires. I don't think we have to worry about Iowa's Kirk Ferentz being in that equation anymore since he just signed an extension.

bubs: That thin of a 2011 class has to be troubling. Then again I've learned generally not to doubt how they do things ...

Ron Musselman: Penn State doesn't have a ton of scholarship to offer for 2011, but you would think the school would have more than four commitments by now. I think there is some reason for concern.

Jason: I hope JoePa will coach at least 1 more year.. so that he has a chance to playing for B10 championship game. when do you think he will retire?

Ron Musselman: Joe is the only one that knows for sure how much longer he will coach.

Ron Musselman: Thanks again for all of you great questions today. I will see you back here same time next Thursday at 11 a.m.



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