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Why did Clifford not play for Penn State?

Iowa City --- The injury bug has bitten Penn State at Kinnick Stadium. with a lower-body injury on the game's fifth play, and he did not return to the field after spending a considerable amount of time in the team's injury tent but has been seen on the sideline riding the exercise bike and encouraging his teammates. Rivals.com - AlabamaPenn State football loses Sean Clifford, PJ Mustipher, at Iowa

How did Clifford get injured?

The nature of Clifford's injury was not disclosed. Clifford went to the locker room to get checked after taking a hard hit from linebacker Jack Campbell in the second quarter. With Roberson in the game, the Lions had minus-19 yards on their last three possessions before half. Kansas City StarPenn State’s Sean Clifford knocked out of game vs No. 3 Iowa

Where is Penn State football ranked?

Penn State football dropped in the latest AP Top 25 poll. The Nittany Lions were ranked No. 7 in Sunday afternoon's poll after being ranked No. 4 in last week's poll. They fell three spots after losing to Iowa Saturday evening in Kinnick Stadium on the road. Centre Daily TimesWhere did Penn State football land in the AP Top 25 poll after losing to Iowa?

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Kinnick Stadium was hellaciously loud for Saturday's 23-20 victory over Penn State. That much was well-documented at the time of the broadcast, both on television and radio. You've likely also seen Mike Graham's 117-decibel reading from the west stands by now; multiple replies reported similar or higher readings closer to the field.

Having been in the stands and having had 24 hours to ruminate on it, I'll paraphrase and echo what every single caller on the 1040 AM Soundoff show who attended the game said on the drive back: That was the loudest I have ever heard Kinnick Stadium.

Being at the game felt like mainlining an entire season of Ted Lasso in three hours' time.

In some ways, this is an unfair fight for most of history, as one of the single greatest contributors was the north end zone, recently renovated and closed off into a tiered bowl structure in 2019. The tiering was in some ways a necessity, as it afforded Iowa the space for its amenity upgrades without encroaching on the limits of its stadium footprint. But the improvement in sound quality was hardly an accident, even if the architects likely couldn't have imagined the extent to which that end of Kinnick would become a cauldron of sound. 

Still, the sound has to come from somewhere, and Iowa's crowd rose to the occasion in the second half to create a truly hostile atmosphere for the Nittany Lions. 

In addition to the obvious factors — sold-out crowd, top-5 matchup (and its concomitant hype), extremely competitive game — three things turned the Kinnick Stadium faithful from loud to LOUDDDDD.

This was The Weekend Of All Weekends for Iowa's recruiting, across virtually all sports, so the on-field festivities were at their peak on Saturday. WWE champion Big E, a former Hawkeye football player and Big Noon Saturday special guest, came out through the tunnel in the first half to whip up the student section. That proved necessary, as Penn State's early offensive aggression had clipped the faithful's enthusiasm at that point. Bob Stoops* and Marshal Yanda also made appearances in the first half to thunderous applause, and all three men genuinely appeared to revel in their moments.  

After both teams traded inconsequential possessions to start the third quarter and a subsequent media timeout — a danger zone for crowd momentum, with the Hawkeyes having just punted once again — the Hawkeye wrestling team took the field to celebrate its 2020-21 national championship and its numerous individual awards, and Tom Brands (quite literally) seized the opportunity to reignite the Hawkeye crowd one more time.

Tom Brands is a real one. @TomBrandsHAWK @Hawks_Wrestling @HawkeyeFootball #IowaCity pic.twitter.com/lahuHK4TYG

A pedant may point out that Penn State drove for its only scoring drive of the second half in the immediate aftermath of that appearance by Brands, but fans around us were talking about the speech for the rest of the third quarter. It played great in a loud crowd.

First off, here's to hoping Clifford is able to play by PSU's next game on October 23rd. Rooting for injuries is gross and bad. But there was an audible buzz throughout the crowd when backup quarterback Ta'Quan Roberson lined up behind center for the Nittany Lions late in the 2nd quarter.

Clifford had taken a stiff (and inarguably clean and legal) hit from Jack Campbell on what ended up being the last play of Penn State's prior possession, and while he was in obvious pain in the aftermath, he also managed to make it off the field on his own, placing him above several PSU players who would make triumphant returns to action shortly thereafter.

So when Iowa fans -- already buoyed by a long touchdown drive that had chopped the Penn State lead in half to 17-10 -- saw Roberson enter the game, there was some extra oomph in the crowd's volleys of yells and cheers. Roberson's first play: a four-yard loss on a botched play. And then he stayed in the game. This wasn't a gimmick Franklin was trying, it was his Plan B.

Second down saw an off-target throw to Jahan Dotson. Incomplete, 3rd and 14. And then all hell broke loose.

Penn State was already in a spot of trouble, facing 3rd and 14 at its own 21-yard line. Then the left tackle twitched, whether unable to hear the snap count or otherwise alarmed out of his stance. The crowd got louder. 3rd and 19. Another false start, this time a late snap, more exhortations from the Hawkeye defense, and the crowd got louder. 3rd and 24. Another false start. Bedlam in black and gold. I've never heard anything like it. 3rd and 29. Three consecutive false starts.

Penn State would eventually get a punt away a couple plays later, but the crowd had already figured out it could wreak havoc on the PSU offense, especially on that side of the field. And thanks to a curious opening coin flip decision by Penn State's captains, having deferred the opening kickoff to the second half and then choosing which direction to kick, the Nittany Lions would be operating out of that End Zone of Hell in the pivotal 2nd and 4th quarters.

Aside from that one 42-yard drive for a field goal in the third quarter, It never got better for Penn State.

Presenting 53 seconds of a "legit" 12th man. @HawkeyeFootball @WashedUpWalkons @BigTenNetwork pic.twitter.com/4gcmzZFvVo

Once Roberson's last-gasp pass clanged harmlessly to the turf with two seconds left in the game, the 4th-quarter damage was clear: Penn State managed just 43 yards of offense in the decisive quarter, 27 of which were erased by penalties that included four false starts. The Nittany Lions were 0-for-5 on third down conversions in the 4Q, which included two fourth-down stops as well. Roberson had been harassed into 4-for-12 passing for just 12 yards in the last quarter of play, including an interception with 2:13 left in the game.

Most importantly, Iowa had surged ahead and taken a 23-20 lead that never stood danger of being vanquished.

The party was officially on at Kinnick Stadium — most notably in the student section that spilled its thousands upon thousands onto Duke Slater Field, a rare but wholly earned field rush from a top-five home team. Around the rest of the stadium, the mood was a mélange of euphoria, relief and outright exhaustion as the enormity of the situation finally descended upon our hearts and minds.

Tears flowed. Strangers hugged. Selfies backed by the packed field or the final scoreboard will be our I WAS THERE claim tickets, and if you weren't, man you should wish you had been.

Being at the game felt like mainlining an entire season of Ted Lasso in three hours' time: incredible arcs of doubt, trust, familiarity, surprise, adversity, luck, outrage and joy, all playing out simultaneously where even the media breaks delivered little respite in the way of deep breaths.

And just as thermodynamics maintains that energy is neither created nor destroyed, all of that emotional energy brought onto the fans on Saturday was echoed back: hours of deafening roars and responses that, once the clock struck zero and the students emptied onto the field, left most fans feeling as drained as the players themselves. 

If that all sounds just a little hard to believe: if you weren't there on Saturday, yeah, I bet it is! I've been to plenty of games at Kinnick that were plenty of fun, but wouldn't merit flowery prose. I've rushed the field a few times. I've witnessed greatness, and I've witnessed games that I'll be telling kids about decades from now.

That was the loudest I have ever heard Kinnick Stadium. 

It was an experience. It was draining. It stood for hours on a razor's wire. It required all 60 minutes of game time. It exceeded every possible scintilla of hype that had been put onto the game. Plainly: it ruled, and those of us who were lucky enough to witness it can thank each other for the magical atmosphere we created on that October Saturday afternoon.

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Mid-season evaluation: Can Penn State survive without Sean Clifford?

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And it feels appropriate that the mid-season evaluations begins with the biggest issue facing Penn State coming out of a tough loss at Iowa, and that is the quarterback situation. After a perfectly fine start to the season by a clearly much more confident Sean Clifford, his injury during the Iowa game and uncertainty for the immediate future has cast a much darker cloud over the passing game in Happy Valley. And with the results put on display against Iowa with Ta’Quan Roberson stepping in for the injured Clifford, there is rising doubt about just how effective the Penn State offense, and specifically the passing game, can be with a tough slate ahead of them in the second half.

The 2021 season was destined to be a Sean Clifford or bust type of season following the transfer of Will Levis to Kentucky (where he is enjoying life as the starter for the Wildcats, by the way). After coming up dry on the search for a transfer option in the offseason, Penn State decided to roll the dice with hopes riding on Clifford staying on the field. And for a while, that seemed to work just fine.

Under the coaching of new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich, Clifford significantly cut down on his bad judgments and unforced errors and began showing more patience and awareness. As such, Penn State’s offense became much more efficient and effective. Clifford managed to begin spreading the ball around without having to feel like every play had to be going through Jahan Dotson. Clifford’s ability to spread the ball to Parker Washignton and his tight ends Brenton Strange and Theo Johnson proved to be effective. Through the first five games of the season, Clifford was intercepted just three times, and only one was arguably considered an actual mistake by Clifford.

In his most recent game, Clifford overcame an early mistake against Iowa — an interception at the Penn State 8-yard line on the first offensive snap of the game for the Nittany Lions — to lead Penn State to two efficient touchdown drives in the first quarter against an Iowa defense that was allowing just over 12 points per game this season. Clifford’s first, and only, series in the second quarter resulted in a field goal to put Penn State up 17-3 at the time.

But that was the last we saw of Clifford. Clifford went to the Penn State locker room after that possession and did not return to the playing field.

One of the biggest concerns with the passing game this season was not the lack of talent or potential of Penn State’s backup option, TaQuan Roberson, but the lack of experience. Although Penn State found a couple of games to get Roberson on the field in clean-up duty of lopsided games, Roberson was thrown into an unenvious situation on the road against No. 3 Iowa and the ball-hawking Hawkeye defense. The lack of experience shined brightly on the young quarterback and Penn State slowly saw their lead evaporate and turn into a loss with Roberson at the helm.

Placing blame on a backup quarterback can be easy to do but there were plenty of other factors that played into the result against Iowa. Regardless of the outcome against the Hawkeyes, the question is now whether or not Penn State will be able to trust Roberson to lead the offense in a key spot again in 2021.

But first there is a more important question to ask.

It may have been a small sample size in the worst possible scenario, but the evidence this season is backing up the idea that Penn State’s success this season will ride on the arm of Sean Clifford. If Clifford is able to return after the bye week against Illinois, Penn State should get right back on track and remain a viable contender in the Big Ten East Division race with Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State.

But if Penn State has to rely on Roberson at the quarterback situation, the realistic expectations may be quickly revised. How much we learn about Clifford’s status is not likely to shed much light because James Franklin is not one to share much information with regard to injure players.

There is a path to success if Penn State has to ride with Roberson. Having a bye week after the Iowa game gives Yurcich more time to more properly prepare Roberson for running with the first-team offense if needed, and a home game against Illinois should provide a better chance to get in a groove than being thrown into a road situation midway through a game against Iowa.

There is a third option on the table, should franklin decide he needs to use it. That would be Christian Veilleux. The true freshman from the Class of 2021 has been on the travel roster but has yet to appear in a game for Penn State. Given the fact that Veilleux did not play football during the 2020 season (his school did not play due to the COVID pandemic), it makes plenty of sense to refrain from using him as much as possible.

But if Clifford is out for an extended period of time and Roberson has struggles as he did against Iowa, then the emergency glass may be broken and Veilleux may have to be inserted just to see what could happen. The concern is the spot you would have to throw him in. With some of the games remaining, Penn State could risk throwing another young and inexperienced quarterback into a similar situation Roberson was used against Iowa. On the road against Ohio State? That doesn’t sound like a great situation.

So don’t count on Penn State getting this desperate too quickly, but don’t rule out the possibility either.

Penn State’s passing game isn’t necessarily the best in the Big Ten, or the country, but it is good enough to make Penn State a serious contender in the Big Ten…. if Sean Clifford is healthy. Clifford has shown plenty of signs of improvement this season even with a pair of interceptions against Iowa in his most recent outing.

Maybe Penn State can end up doing some things if Roberson is needed for more of a role, but the way Clifford has played this season makes Penn State that much more of a threat to Ohio State (and Michigan and Michigan State) in the Big Ten East race. And if he is healthy for a potential rematch against Iowa in the Big Ten Championship, you should like Penn State’s chances.

Overall grade: B+

Roberson’s poor appearance as a backup brings this down just a hair. Otherwise, Penn State’s quarterback evaluation would earn high marks midway through the season.

Needs improvement: Whoever is the quarterback moving forward will have to do a better job of cutting down on turnovers. Clifford had been intercepted three times in his last two games, and Roberson was picked off twice by Iowa.

Coaching assessment: B+

Mike Yurcich gets a B+ here as well, if only because not having Roberson in a better spot to succeed in his backup role against Iowa brings the grade down a bit. Clifford was having his finest season under Yurcich, and hopefully, Penn State gets to see that continue.

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Facing major campus disruption and firings, LAUSD extends staff COVID-vaccine deadline

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The prior deadline of Oct. 15 — this Friday — has been moved to Nov. 15, when employees must have received the second of two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, according to a brief district statement. The district did not clearly state a timetable for the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Interim Supt. Megan Reilly said the move represents the right balance of firmness and forbearance.

“We don’t want people to be out of jobs,” Reilly said in an interview. “Our employees are one of the strongest assets that we have.” At the same time, she said, “we’re absolutely adamant about keeping our schools the safest possible environment — and vaccinations are clearly the pathway to keeping them safe.”

While wanting to give employees time to make a choice, including about which vaccine, “there is not an endless amount of time,” Reilly said. “People have to be vaccinated or they’re not going to be part of the district.”

The district declined Monday to provide an updated number or percentage of teachers and other employees who have failed to clear the vaccination requirement. At a Sept. 27 board meeting, officials stated that about 1 in 5 employees, possibly well over 10,000 people, had not yet provided evidence of vaccination. The district also declined to report how many employees have applied for religious or medical exemptions or how many have been approved.

Reilly said those with exemptions would have to shift to an available job assignment that did not entail direct contact with others. Some teachers with exemptions, for example, have been assigned to the City of Angels program, which provides remote, partly online instruction through a modified form of independent study.

The extension comes as the nation’s second-largest school system has struggled to fill more than 2,000 teaching and other vacancies, including counselors, nurses and maintenance staff. The hiring figures were reported Sept. 27.

Local 99 of Service Employees International Union, which represents most non-teaching employees, including large numbers of lower-wage workers, pushed for the extension in contract negotiations. The union provided a copy of a “side letter agreement,” dated Friday, which lays out the basic terms.

In early August, L.A. Unified announced that all employees must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 15 — giving an estimated 75,000 workers about nine weeks to complete an immunization process that can take up to six weeks. Because maximum immunity is achieved two weeks after the final dose, the effective deadline for receiving a final shot was actually about Oct. 1.

The L.A. Unified requirement was endorsed by the teachers union and some other employee unions. No union openly opposed it.

An employee who has not received a first shot by Friday will be suspended with pay and not allowed on campus as of Oct. 18.

However, according to Local 99, once employees receive a shot — before Oct. 31 — they would be able to return to work while they await a second dose but would have to go on unpaid leave as of Nov. 16 while waiting to achieve maximum immunity.

Reilly declined to endorse the union’s interpretation of timelines. For her, the message is simple: Employees need to get their first shot this week if they want to ensure keeping their jobs.

Employees who refuse to be vaccinated will be paid at least through October.

The district declined to provide information in response to multiple requests to report the number of unvaccinated teachers, whose absence would disrupt the continuity of classroom learning. The teachers union did not respond for comment.

Local 99 estimates that about 80% of its 21,648 members at L.A. Unified “have a record of vaccination” for at least one dose, spokeswoman Blanca Gallegos said. Its members include food service workers, custodians, bus drivers and special education assistants.

It worried parent Torr Leonard that unvaccinated district staff would pose a risk for an extended period.

“I will consider having my kid do ‘Zoom school’ from home if it turns out that his teacher (or anyone else he has indoor contact with at his elementary school) has not gotten vaccinated by Oct 15th,” said Leonard, whose son attends Gault Street Elementary in Lake Balboa. “It’s ridiculous that adults were even given this long to get vaccinated, to begin with.”

Jenna Schwartz, co-founder of Parents Supporting Teachers, said she supported the extension for those who genuinely struggled with the vaccination decision and now needed time for a second shot.

“But I do not think that this should be allowed to serve as a holding place for anyone trying to avoid both losing their job as well as getting vaccinated,” Schwartz said.

On a separate track, there’s also a student vaccination deadline approaching for those 12 and older, although enforcement of one requirement has been pushed back.

When announced, officials said that students must receive their first of two doses no later than Oct. 3 to participate in extracurricular activities, including all sports and clubs. Weeks later, officials said that Oct. 3 simply would be a guideline for when students should be immunized, but that no students would be barred from activities at that time. Nonetheless, students will need to have submitted documentation of a final dose by Oct. 31.

“After October 31, 2021, your child will not be permitted to participate in in-person extracurricular activities without proof of vaccination if they qualify to receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” the district says in information posted online.

Students — vaccinated or not — can attend school in person through the fall semester. To resume in-person instruction in January, all eligible students without medical exemptions would have to receive a first dose no later than Nov. 21 and a second dose no later than Dec. 19.

Students return to class Jan. 11. By Jan. 10, proof of vaccination would have to be “uploaded and approved in LAUSD’s Daily Pass program.”

The district has declined to provide recent updates on the number or percentage of eligible students who have been vaccinated.

L.A. Unified’s COVID-19 immunization requirements are stricter than the state’s both for employees and for students.

The vaccination mandate also applies to independently operated charter schools authorized by L.A. Unified — provided that they share a campus with a district-run program. Independent charters that occupy an entire district campus — such as Palisades Charter High School or Birmingham Charter High School — are not subject to the district’s mandate.

All L.A. Unified employees and students will continue mandatory weekly testing for a coronavirus infection.

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Penn State-Illinois To Kick Off At Noon On ABC

Onward State 11 October, 2021 - 12:17pm

The matchup will double as Penn State’s annual Homecoming game. The Nittany Lions will also break out their throwback “Generations Of Greatness” uniforms for the first time this season.

Penn State is 20-5 all-time against Illinois dating back to 1954. Last year, the Nittany Lions demolished the Illini 56-21 to wrap up an unusual regular season.

Penn State will face Illinois in just about two weeks after the team rests on its upcoming bye week. The matchup with the Illini should serve as a get-right game for the Nittany Lions after a tough loss to No. 3 Iowa.

By day, Matt is a senior majoring in journalism. By night, he's Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football lover, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza and "Arrested Development" quotes. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ if you hate yourself or email Matt at mattdisanto@onwardstate.com if you hate him.

Middle blockers Kaitlyn Hord and Allie Holland led the way in the victory by posting a combined 24 kills on .512 hitting.

It was quite the eventful Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.

It was quite the eventful Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.

Penn State dropped its first game of the season Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.

Gus Johnson is set to be on the call Saturday afternoon.

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Penn State-Illinois To Kick Off At Noon On ABC

Onward State 11 October, 2021 - 12:17pm

The matchup will double as Penn State’s annual Homecoming game. The Nittany Lions will also break out their throwback “Generations Of Greatness” uniforms for the first time this season.

Penn State is 20-5 all-time against Illinois dating back to 1954. Last year, the Nittany Lions demolished the Illini 56-21 to wrap up an unusual regular season.

Penn State will face Illinois in just about two weeks after the team rests on its upcoming bye week. The matchup with the Illini should serve as a get-right game for the Nittany Lions after a tough loss to No. 3 Iowa.

By day, Matt is a senior majoring in journalism. By night, he's Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football lover, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza and "Arrested Development" quotes. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ if you hate yourself or email Matt at mattdisanto@onwardstate.com if you hate him.

Middle blockers Kaitlyn Hord and Allie Holland led the way in the victory by posting a combined 24 kills on .512 hitting.

It was quite the eventful Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.

It was quite the eventful Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.

Penn State dropped its first game of the season Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.

Gus Johnson is set to be on the call Saturday afternoon.

©  2008 - 2021 Onward State

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