Welcome to Nittany Notebook, our new daily feature. This post will be updated with news throughout the day, so be sure to check back frequently to stay on top of everything that’s going on with Penn State football and other sports.
Update 9:30 p.m.
The tragic news about Pirates prospect Oneil Cruz appears to take an even worse turn with this revelation this evening.
Update on @Pirates’ Oneil Cruz: He was driving under the influence of alcohol when crashed and killed three, according to prosecutors.
— Dionisio Soldevila (@dSoldevila) September 22, 2020
Update: 8:33 p.m.
**Tonight, Penn State extends an offer to 2023 4-star OT Kadyn Proctor from Des Moines, Iowa. Proctor (6’7”, 280) also holds early offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska and Oregon.
Update: 4:45 p.m.
Here are some more details about the tragic story involving Pirates prospect Oneil Cruz after three people were killed in an accident in the Dominican Republic.
Cruz apparently was detained at the scene. The motorcycle he hit did not have lights on, and the accident occurred after curfew.
— Frank Means (@burghsportsfan1) September 22, 2020
Update: 3:50 p.m.
— Eric Kahler (@EKahler17) September 22, 2020
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) September 22, 2020
I think the testing the B1G has in place is much more advanced then any other conference so it will help minimize cancellations altogether, IMO. It’s really going to boil down to the players staying in their bubble.
— Joshua Hoch (@PSULions09) September 22, 2020
Update: 2:44 p.m.
**Penn State extends an offer today to 2022 4-star cornerback Laterrance Welch from Lafayette, Louisiana. Welch (6’1”, 180) is rated as a Top 100 junior with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Texas.
Update 1:25 p.m.
The Altoona Area School District has announced it will allow 33 percent capacity for fans at games.
Welcome back!!! Please see below the ticket info and guidelines for Friday Nights home football game vs CV!!!!! @AASDSuper @MtLionFootball @altoonastrength @LionsMt @WPAFootball @WTAJnews @RStanko_WJAC #AltoonaProud pic.twitter.com/EAS3bAsIAt
— Altoona Athletics (@AltoonaAthletic) September 22, 2020
Update: 1:20 p.m.
People really do not remember what it was like to have Rich Rod as a coach.
This fan base literally rooted for James Franklin to beat Michigan in the Big House, so Hoke could get fired. I never want to be in that place again. https://t.co/QfTXXk13md
— Michigan’s Armchair QB (@ArmchairQB_UM) September 22, 2020
FOX’s Matt Leinart says Penn State’s Sean Clifford the second-best QB in the B1G https://t.co/tQD0xpkrb2
— Saturday Tradition (@Tradition) September 19, 2020
Gesicki, Jesse James, Saquon, Miles Sanders, A Rob, Godwin, KJ, soon to come Journey Brown and Pat Fry. If you’re a top skill player you should go to Penn State. https://t.co/F9G3ww1yct
— Cory Payne (@corycpayne) September 20, 2020
Update: 12:50 p.m.
Source: Notre Dame football will not practice today. They announced four positive COVID-19 tests yesterday.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 22, 2020
Update: 12:30 p.m.
I just got off the phone with Pirates SS prospect Oneil Cruz's agent, Rafa Nieves, who said Cruz was not injured in crash in the DR: "I spoke with him. He's fine."
Nieves declined to comment on whether Cruz will face charges.
— RobBiertempfel (@RobBiertempfel) September 22, 2020
Update: 11:45 a.m.
Some awful news this morning out of the Dominican Republic involving Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Oneil Cruz. He was in Altoona this summer working out with the Pirates’ tax squad and is expected to be with the Altoona Curve next season.
shocking news coming out of the Dominican today. Dario Libre, a large newspaper in the DR is reporting that Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Oneil Cruz was involved in an accident last night that killed three people on a motorcycle. Cruz was "allegedly" driving https://t.co/bVy8evCe2R
— John Dreker (@JohnDreker) September 22, 2020
Pirates prospect Oneil Cruz involved in collision that killed three in Dominican Republic
(Via TribLive) https://t.co/3wrz0EZkL7
— Kevin Gorman (@KevinGormanPGH) September 22, 2020
Update: 11:20 a.m.
— Penn State Football DB's (@PSU_LockDownU) September 22, 2020
Are you registered to vote? 🗳️
Take action with us today on #NationalVoterRegistrationDay!
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) September 22, 2020
Update: 10:15 a.m.
Forde-Yard Dash, First Quarter: Nebraska needs a hug, plus an updated College Football Playoff quartet. https://t.co/B4pjXzbDJm
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) September 21, 2020
Today would have been Breylan’s 17th BDay. His wonderful smile lit up the room & positive energy under adversity was inspiring. I miss our frequent talks about recruiting & X/O’s. I’ll always cherish our friendship. God Bless the wonderful Carter Family. Rest In Peace Buddy 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/SLEEclNFD5
— Coach Joe Moorhead (@BallCoachJoeMo) September 21, 2020
It’s our duty as citizens to be involved in our government! On behalf of myself, and the rest of my teammates we encourage you to register to vote today and take advantage of your opportunity to let your voice be heard!! (Make sure you actually vote too) #WeAre pic.twitter.com/tjnZGT5Hvo
— Antonio Shelton (@_thegroovyone) September 22, 2020
Update: 9 a.m.
As bedlam embroiled the #B1G, a group of doctors, ADs and others worked behind the scenes to launch a fall football season. They had one chance to convince the league's presidents.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) September 22, 2020
Thinking of @saquon today and sending him and his family my prayers.
— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) September 21, 2020
James Franklin, Miles Sanders Encourage Pennsylvanians To Vote https://t.co/dGichH3eft
— Onward State Feed (@OnwardStateFeed) September 22, 2020
— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) September 22, 2020
— Micah Parsons (@MicahhParsons11) September 21, 2020