Arriving in State College

Arriving in State College

Brian Lucas (Assistant Director of Athletic Communications)

Blogging live from State College, Pa., tonight.  Quick rundown of the day. We were supposed to take off at 2 p.m. from Madison but actually ended up leaving around 2:45 because the airport’s de-icing machine needed to be re-filled. Ya gotta love travel in the Big Ten in January!

The pilot must have stepped on it because it only took about an hour and 20 minutes to get from Madison to State College. The good thing about flying to Penn State is that we get a big plane with nice seats. Another perk is in-flight movies with wireless headphones. However, because the flight was pretty short, I will now never know what happens at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum. Guess I’ll have to wait until it shows up on TNT five times on the same weekend.

It was a smooth flight, as good as we’ve had coming into State College. It’s usually a little rough, because of all the hills or something messing with the winds. We went right to the hotel, the lovely Toftrees Golf Resort and Conference Center, our third straight season here. When we got here, everyone was talking about last year’s excitement, when a water pipe burst in the room of trainer Henry Perez-Guerra, setting of an alarm and filling the hallway with steam at about 4:30 a.m. Half the team was out in the hallway, half-dressed, wondering what the heck was going on. The other half of the team, including most of the coaches, was in the other wing and had no idea what happened until we got down to breakfast. Hopefully my beauty rest is not interrupted tonight.

Another great memory from last year, one that went worldwide thanks to ABC’s Season Ticket, was my acting debut. As we were getting off the bus today, Trevon walked past and said, “I got some magic tricks for you.” It was a reference to last year when I acted as point guard Kammron Taylor’s accomplice as he performed some magic tricks for the Season Ticket camera crew. It was my small-screen debut and led to many other acting opportunities, all of which I’ve turned down to continue providing award-winning coverage of the Badgers. I didn’t watch the Golden Globes the other night so I’m unsure if my performance garnered any recognition. I’m sure there people will call my people if I won anything.

We practiced from about 7-8:45 over at the Bryce Jordan Center. I’ve got some great pictures from practice posted below.

With the 9 p.m. local start time tomorrow (or today, if you’re reading this on Tuesday which I assume most people are), we will have a late wake-up (10 a.m.) with a shootaround from 11-noon. We’ll get back and eat, then have scouting report around 4 p.m. Pre-game meal is at 5 p.m. and we’ll leave for the gym around 7:10.

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