After enduring one of the most tumultuous off-seasons in the history of sports, the Penn State football team will kick off its 2012 season in earnest this weekend.
Players will report to the Lasch Football Building for training camp between 8 a.m. and noon Sunday. There will be team meeting at 1:30 p.m.
The guys that are in that room at 1:30, those are the guy we are going to battle with, new PSU coach Bill O'Brien said on The Goon Show Thursday night. So we're looking forward to that day.
O'Brien and his staff have spent the last week and half dealing with the fallout of NCAA sanctions that resulted from Penn State's handling of the Sandusky scandal. The most immediate impact was felt from the penalty that allows current players to transfer to other FBS school and be eligible to play immediately.
As of this writing, a handful of now former Nittany Lions had exercised that right, the most prominent being tailback Silas Redd and kicker/punter Anthony Fera.
On The Goon Show, O'Brien said while he disagreed with those moves, the players in question had the right to leave and he respected their decisions.
But the core of our team stuck together, he said, adding that there were still 70 scholarship players on the roster. You talk about the different positions that have left, but nobody's talking about the kids that stayed. We've got a lot of good football players in the program.
Here is a breakdown of the first week of training camp.
Players check in at Lasch Building between 8 a.m. and noon. Team meeting at 1:30 p.m.
Morning practice. Helmets only. The last 25-30 minutes of practice is open to the media and O'Brien will be available to answer questions afterward.
Single-session practice. Helmets only.
Single-session practice. Helmets and shoulder pads.
Media Day at Beaver Stadium beginning at 9 a.m. O'Brien press conference at 9:45 a.m. Player interviews from 10:35-11:30 a.m. Media tour of Lasch Building weight room at 1:45 p.m.
Single-session afternoon practice. Helmets and shoulder pads. First 20-25 minutes of practice is open to the media.
Morning practice. Full pads.
Afternoon practice. Shells.