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Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Checking in on Penn State ...

By Adam Rittenberg

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Greetings from blustery Happy Valley, where I'll be spending the next day or so visiting with the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Much like my last stop (Ohio State), Penn State is one of the Big Ten's more intriguing teams this spring. The biggest reason: a quarterback competition featuring Rob Bolden, Matt McGloin, Paul Jones and Kevin Newsome. Coach Joe Paterno said last week that Bolden and McGloin, who split the starts in 2010, are ahead of the other two, but no clear-cut No. 1 has emerged.

The subplot is Bolden's future. The rising sophomore wanted to leave Penn State after the bowl game and has kept the door open for a possible departure. What will it take to keep Bolden in Happy Valley? A promise of more playing time? The starting job? McGloin isn't the type of guy to back down from a challenge, and he'll keep pushing Bolden in practice.

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Should be a fun time in one of my favorite Big Ten towns. Check back for more on Penn State the next few days.