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YSU Scouting Report: Week 1

The Bo Pelini era has endured more downs than ups as he enters Year 5 with the Youngstown State football team. He and the Penguins believe things are going to start looking up again in 2019. YSU opens the college football season in the FCS Kickoff Classic at 3 p.m., Saturday against ...

Penguins seeking more from this year’s opener

YOUNGSTOWN — There will only be one college football game in the country on television at 3 p.m. Saturday, and Youngstown State is determined to make the most of its “Week Zero” matchup against Samford in the FCS Kickoff Classic. Pretty much anything would be better than what happened ...

Penguins go south for games

YOUNGSTOWN — Donel Cathcart III admits he’s never been outside the continental United States even though he grew up near the Canadian border in Buffalo, New York. He and the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team took a flight to the Virgin Islands on Tuesday to play three ...

QB competition

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s nothing new for Youngstown State, but it’s probably not exactly the best situation facing coach Bo Pelini as he enters his fifth season at the Penguins’ helm. Once again, the Penguins have a quarterback competition brewing deep into camp, and there wasn’t much to ...

Closing in on kickoff

YOUNGSTOWN — Two weeks away from kickoff on national television against the Samford Bulldogs in Montgomery, Alabama, the Youngstown State Penguins took Saturday’s scrimmage as an opportunity to fine tune themselves and work out some bugs leading into the season. The results were a mixed ...

At home in the Valley

YOUNGSTOWN — There is a lot to learn for Matt Jones. The former Hubbard High School standout transfered from West Virginia University to Youngstown State in January, and a week into preseason camp, he realized his biggest challenge. “I’m still learning everyone’s name, so it’s a ...

School gives Barnes five more years

YOUNGSTOWN — Recruiting. Coaching. Preparation. The three are the lifeblood of a college basketball coach. Youngstown State University women’s basketball coach John Barnes deals with those three on a daily basis. The 2019-20 Penguin team is on the YSU campus. The current focus is ...

Elder statesman reigns

YOUNGSTOWN — Calling Youngstown State’s Justus Reed a veteran doesn’t quite do him, well, justice. He’s more like a grandpa. “Pretty much,” he said with a laugh. The YSU football team is elated its grandpa is back. The big defensive end practiced with the Penguins for the ...

Penguins tabbed 7th in MVFC poll; North Dakota State seen as favorite

North Dakota State has been tabbed as the Missouri Valley Football Conference pre-season favorite in a poll conducted by league coaches, media and sports information directors. NDSU has been picked first in the pre-season poll for eight-straight seasons. North Dakota State has earned the ...

Starting early

YOUNGSTOWN — It may only be July, but football is back in the air at Stambaugh Stadium. The Youngstown State Penguins play the Samford Bulldogs in college football’s “Week Zero” on Aug. 24, which prompted YSU to begin fall practice on Saturday, a bit earlier than normal. “I ...

YSU out to improve on defense

YOUNGSTOWN — Eighth place is not somewhere you’d like to be if you’re in a 10-team league. The Youngstown State men’s basketball team can’t hide the fact it gave up about 79 points per game last season, indicative of the Penguins’ shortcomings in a 12-20 campaign. The focus this ...

New assistant worked up north with Beilein

YOUNGSTOWN — Chinedu Nwachukwu (pronounced “chin-a-do wan-chu-koo”) is proud to wear maize and blue. Rarely has the 31-year-old worked outside of his home state, coaching young men in the sport he loves — basketball. Nwachukwu, a Ypsilanti, Michigan, native, did have that brief trip ...

Horizon vs. MAC hoops matchups make sense

Type in Horizon League Summit League in any search engine, then scroll down slightly on your smartphone. Under people also ask, it says, “Is the Horizon League Division I? Is the Summit League d1?” The same could be said for Youngstown State. I’ve heard enough people being surprised ...

YSU’s Richmond heading to Notre Dame College

Jerrod Calhoun’s phone reception was spotty, calling from an AAU Tournament in Alabama. The connections he had around coaching circles — that is always strong. Mark Richmond knows that all too well. He and Calhoun, the Youngstown State University men’s basketball coach, have been ...

Crucial summer for YSU men’s basketball

YOUNGSTOWN SIX-game winning streak. These group of young men saw a glimmer turn into real hope, hope of turning a program around. It’s a solemn vow each current Youngstown State University men’s basketball player and coaching staff member has pinpointed since Jerrod Calhoun took the ...

3-point line out farther in ’19-20

YOUNGSTOWN — Three-point shooting. It changed in college basketball prior to the 2008-09 season, the distance increasing a foot out to 20 feet, 9 inches. This upcoming season, NCAA Division I players will have to shoot from the current international line of 22 feet, 1.75 inches, a move ...

YSU’s Harden ends season at NCAAs

Collin Harden set himself in the blocks for the biggest race he has ever run. Wednesday, he took part in one of three heats of the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field championships in Austin, Texas. “It meant a lot for me to compete on the nation’s largest colligate ...

Girard grad Harden represents YSU at nationals

The trip for Collin Harden has been one with paved with a tireless work ethic, preparation and dedication. The Youngstown State University junior hurdler won the Division II 300-meter hurdles race at the 2016 state meet for Girard High School. He couldn’t have been more proud. It led to his ...

Men’s swimming, women’s lacrosse added by school

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University campus seemingly is constantly going through renovations, with new structures being built around campus. This fall, the Penguins will make some changes to their sports lineup, adding men’s swimming and diving to complement the women’s ...

Transfer duo anxious to contribute to program

YOUNGSTOWN — Christian Bentley and Tyler Foster took their tours around the Youngstown State University campus, seeing the continuous construction and other entities around the downtown-based school. The golf carts containing them, their family and an assistant coach make their way to the ...