Welcome to our daily Nittany Notebook. This post will be updated with news frequently throughout the day, so be sure to check back often to stay on top of everything that’s going on with Penn State football and athletics, plus other sports of interest in central PA.
Update: 6:15 p.m.
The Big Ten Conference has entered into strategic partnerships with Biodesix, Inc. and Quidel Corporation to provide comprehensive surveillance testing for SARS-CoV-2 for all student-athletes and staff personnel involved in close contact sport competition: https://t.co/giNV9IN15B
— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) September 30, 2020
Update: 5 p.m.
**Star Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman announces he’s coming back to play for the Gophers.
— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) September 30, 2020
Update: 2:25 p.m.
**Penn State released its latest results on COVID testing for student-athletes for the period from Sept. 19-25.
There were 16 positive results out of 987 tests, with nine others still pending.
In the prior week, Penn State had 20 positive results out of 837 tests.
Update: 12:45 p.m.
**Lots of projections for Penn State to go back to the Cotton Bowl.
Your weekly bowl projections have arrived. 🔥
What're your hot takes after this past weekend with (almost) all of the P5s back? pic.twitter.com/3mfSrqIp8F
— Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (@CottonBowlGame) September 30, 2020
Update: 10:45 a.m.
**Some good reads for you as we await hearing from James Franklin and the PSU assistants, starting with a non-football story about the finances of universities around the country.
For colleges across the U.S., the coronavirus pandemic has served as a reminder that money matters in a big way.
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) September 18, 2020
— Parth Upadhyaya (@pupadhyaya_) September 30, 2020
Me: Why was the Minnesota game a turning point for you? What changed?
Journey Brown: “I kept telling myself, ‘You’re the baddest mother-effer on this field. There ain’t nobody better than you. You know it and now you have to show it.’”
And he has. https://t.co/PqbZfGeUCH
— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) September 30, 2020
Chris Godwin is injured, DaQuan Jones is on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and Miles Sanders' team heads West looking for its first win.
Here's our guide to Penn State in the NFL | Week 4 Edition.https://t.co/veVEegnSHL
— Mark Wogenrich (@MarkWogenrich) September 30, 2020
**And a little piece of baseball.
You know what’s not up for debate? How lucky we are to call this place home. 🍂 pic.twitter.com/CuAH8wLxmc
— Altoona Curve (@AltoonaCurve) September 30, 2020
Update: 9 a.m.
This will be a fun and informative day for Penn State fans. We finally — FINALLY — get to talk a whole bunch of football and get into things that will really matter for the upcoming season.
Penn State is beginning a three-day virtual media days this afternoon, with James Franklin to speak with the press via Zoom at noon, then at 12:45 we’ll get to hear from defensive coordinator Brent Pry, offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca and special teams coordinator Joe Lorig.
On Thursday and Friday, more than three dozen PSU football players will be on Zoom calls with the media.
So be sure to check back here throughout the upcoming days for TONS of great football content.
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