Local Sports 10/10/18

THE PITT PANTHERS ARE IN THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK. THE PANTHERS WILL TRAVEL TO SOUTH BEND INDIANA TO TANGLE WITH THE 5TH RANKED UDEFEATED NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH ON SATURDAY. THE PANTHERS ARE A 3 TOUCHDOWN UNDERDOG, BUT HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE. IN THE PAST 2 SEASONS, PITT HAS UPSET BOTH CLEMSON AND MIAMI, WHEN BOTH WERE RANKED IN THE TOP 5 AT THE TIME. KICKOFF IS SET FOR 2:30 SATURDAY.

 

PENN STATE COACH JAMES FRANKLIN IS GOING ON AN ALL OUT ASSAULT TO MAKE HIS PROGRAM “ELITE”. FRANKLIN TOLD MEMBES OF THE MEDIA YESTERDAY THAT HE IS LOOKING FOR IMPROVEMENT IN EVERY SINGLE ASPECT OF THE PROGRAM FROM NUTRITION TO SLEEP TO PREPARATION TO ACADEMICS TO PRACTICE AND OF COURSE, THE GAMES THEMSELVES. FRANKLIN PROMISED FANS THAT HIS PROGRAM WILL BECOME ELITE UNDER HIS GUIDANCE.

 

THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS WILL HAVE TO PLAY WITHOUT STARTING GOALTENDER MATT MURRAY. HE SUSTAINED A CONCUSSION IN PRACTICE ON MONDAY, AND IS NOW OUT OF THE LINEUP FOR THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE. COACH MIKE SULLIVAN TOLD THE MEDIA THAT THERE IS NO TIMETABLE FOR MURRAY TO RETURN. CASEY DeSMITH WILL BECOME THE NUMBER 1 GOALIE, AND WILL BE BACKED UP BY TRISTAN JARRY.