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Notebook (1-19): PSU sends out football offers

Update: 6 p.m.

Penn State has been busy sending out offers over the long weekend. Here’s a breakdown:

** 4-star OT Amir Herring (6-4, 270) from West Bloomfield, Mich. Class of 2023. He also has offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Arkansas, Maryland and Arizona State.

** Athlete Adon Shuler (6-1, 190), no star rating yet, from Irvington, N.J. Class of 2023. He also has offers from Florida, Maryland, Nebraska, Cincinnati and Boston College.

** 3-star WR Noah Thomas (6-5, 180) from League City, Texas. Class of 2022. He also has offers from Texas A&M, Baylor, Houston, Arkansas and Colorado.

** LB Omar Graham Jr. (6-1, 205), no star rating yet, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Class of 2022. He also has offers from West Virginia, Florida State, Rutgers and Kansas.

Update: 2:05 p.m.

**Penn State interim basketball coach Jim Ferry has been publicly reprimanded by the Big Ten, and the school has been fined $10,000 for Ferry’s behavior after Sunday’s game at Purdue. The league determined Ferry violated the conference’s sportsmanship policy. From the Big Ten’s release:

The violation is a result Coach Ferry’s postgame actions following the Penn State versus Purdue game on January 17, 2021. The fine and reprimand are a result of Conference Agreement 10.01 stating: The Big Ten Conference expects all contests involving a member institution to be conducted without compromise to any fundamental element of sportsmanship. Such fundamental elements include integrity of the competition, civility toward all, and respect, particularly toward opponents and officials. 

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Ferry received a technical foul during PSU’s loss at Purdue. After the game he had this to say about the call:

“I was just fighting for our guys, man. I thought some of the calls were a little uneven or inconsistent, whatever you want to call it. I’ve been coaching for a long time. I wasn’t ranting and raving, I wasn’t cursing. I thought there was a little sensitivity on that, but I’ll deal with that differently.”

It’s unclear if that is exactly what the Big Ten is referring to with Ferry’s “postgame actions,” but coaches are not supposed to criticize officials.

You can watch Ferry’s entire postgame press conference below. His comments about the technical come at about the 2:45 mark.

Following are comments from PSU and Ferry from the Big Ten release:

We are disappointed in Jim Ferry‘s actions following the men’s basketball game at Purdue Sunday afternoon,” said Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour. “While these actions are out of character for Jim, they are not the example we want to set for the young men in our program nor do they represent the values of Penn State, intercollegiate athletics or our men’s basketball program.
 
“Jim has taken responsibility for his actions and has apologized. He is upset with himself, understands his behavior was not acceptable and regrets his actions. He accepts the Big Ten’s decision.”
 
I would like to apologize to the officials, Big Ten Conference and our fans for my actions following our Purdue game Sunday,” said Ferry. “I regret my actions and know my behavior was unacceptable. I would also like to apologize to our team, our athletics department and our university. I have a high standard for myself and my team in representing Penn State and my actions Sunday failed to live up to that standard and set an example for my team. I am disappointed in myself; I have learned from this experience and will make sure it does not happen again.”

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