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Indiana to make $3 million by moving Penn State game to DC in 2010

That’s a headline on Google news I just saw. I went to access the article, but apparently the Herald Times of Bloomington charges you to read their paper online.

Anyway, if the headline is true, it means that the game that was supposed to be AT Indiana on November 20th, 2010, will now be played in Washington, DC.

Check back here for more updates as we gather more information on this story.

UPDATE*******HERE IS WHAT THE STORY SAYS:

Indiana will trade a home football game with Penn State next season for a $3 million pay day, athletic director Fred Glass said Tuesday.

The Hoosiers have agreed to move the game, scheduled Nov. 20, to FedEx field in Landover, Md.

FedEx Field is the home of the Washington Redskins, who first approached IU about making the deal.

“Obviously, it’s very positive for us financially,” Glass said. “When you rank second to the bottom in the conference in money spent per sport, you have to color outside the lines and be open to new ways to generate revenue.”

Indiana generally makes less than $1 million per home game.

Glass is working to add a sixth home date by either moving a planned non-conference game at Central Michigan back to Bloomington or by replacing the Chippewas with a Football Bowl Subdivision team that will agree to play at Memorial Stadium.

“Obviously, we didn’t want to take away from the town as far as the revenue and impact a home game has,” Glass said. “This way we were able to create a unique experience for our players and the fans on the East Coast without taking away from Bloomington.”

The Big Ten retains television rights to the game, and Indiana remains the home team.

FedEx Field is the largest facility used by a pro sports team in the United States. It seats 91,704. It will host one other college game in 2010, between Virginia Tech and Boise State. It last hosted a college game in 2004 when Virginia Tech played Southern California in the Black Coaches Association Classic.

Beaver Stadium, where Penn State plays its home games, seats 107,282 and is located about three and a half hours from FedEx Field.

But Glass is hopeful that East Coast Indiana fans will also show up in large numbers. As part of the deal, Indiana has to sell 7,000 tickets. Glass doesn’t think that will be a problem.

“You’ve got tens of thousands of IU grads in the area around D.C.,” Glass said. “It’s an area we want to recruit. And the players get the chance to play in a professional stadium.”

Glass said the program will treat the weekend like a bowl trip.

“It’s just a special experience,” Glass said. “(Head coach) Bill Lynch really embraced it. Even if it weren’t a big pay day, it’s just the type of thing you want to do for your program.”

Lynch was not available for comment after practice Tuesday, as the team had a previous engagement.

Penn State Football Video Of The Day: Greatest Plays Ever?

Some great plays in here.  Enjoy the trip down memory lane:

[VIDEO]: First AP Poll Is Out, Penn State Tied For 9th

Florida earned 58 of 60 possible first places votes in the first AP poll of the season released today. Penn State is tied with Oklahoma State for 9th (OSU’s highest preseason ranking since 1985, when Thurman Thomas was in their backfield). Check out the latest video from ESPN.com below, and read more by clicking here.

“Penn State Football Eve” Celebration Set for Sept. 4 in Beaver Stadium

“Penn State Football Eve” Celebration is set for Sept. 4 in Beaver Stadium.

You can check out the details by clicking here.

Here’s some footage from last year’s Football Eve:

Former Penn State Defensive End Aaron Maybin signs a 5 year contract with the Buffalo Bills

From ESPN.com:

NFL Insider Adam Schefter first reported the two sides had reached an agreement. The deal is worth as much as $25 million, ESPN.com’s John Clayton reported. Guaranteed money and other contract terms were not immediately available.

Penn State Football Video Of The Day: Aaron Harris (95-99)

How about a little trip down memory with Aaron Harris, the amazing Penn State fullback who sadly had his career cut short with a knee injury.

Hopefully this vidoe will remind you of what a great player Aaron was at his time at Penn State:

Penn State Football Video Of The Day

Here’s the video of the day, to get you pumped up for the 2009 season:

Las Vegas Odds For The 2009 Penn State Football Team

Check out this article that talks about what the Vegas numbers are for the 2009 Penn State Nittany Lions:

Some highlights:

30-1 to win the BCS National Championship
9.5 REGULAR SEASON Wins (-160) (The under is +130)
+250 (5:2) to win the Big 10

Let any of those wagers?

Leave a comment…

Joe Paterno Preseason Press Conference Video From 8-13-09

In case you missed JoePa’s preseason press conference, you can watch a video of it right here:

Penn State Football Video Of The Day

Tell me this doesn’t give you goosebumps…

Big Ten Network’s Practice Tour Goes To Penn State

I watched the first hour of the Big Ten Network’s visit to Penn State.  First, let me say that I was amazed that JoePa actually let them video that much of a practice.  I was under the impression that wasn’t his style.

Anyway, I thought that the coverage was good, and Revsine, Dinardo and Griffith all did a good job.

As for the players, Newsome looks to be the real deal.  A little bit raw, but his one toss over the middle to Moye looked like it came from a 5th year senior.  He’ll get mop up duty this year, and I’m excited to watch him play.

The interview with Navorro Bowman was cool as well.  Apparently LaVar called him and told him to wear #11.  Navorro is apparenly being called “LaVorro” by his teammates.  Check it out: