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08:15 AM ET 02.19 | Penn State coach Bill O'Brien is pitching his program, for instance calling his walk-on program a "run-on" program. [Penn State] has to convince athletes they should spend upwards of $8,000 a year to practice for Penn State, with little guarantee of playing, instead of taking a scholarship to Bucknell, Villanova, et al. The task has not been daunting so far. Based on data from recruiting websites Lions247 and Blue-White Illustrated, as well as independent confirmations, Penn State should have about 20 walk-ons beginning their freshman seasons this fall, about twice the usual number the team has had in recent years. O'Brien has said the stories of walk-ons turned contributors will help in recruiting new ones.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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February 19, 2013  08:41 AM ET

Nebraska made a living on walk ons.

February 19, 2013  09:15 AM ET

Trying to put a happy face on a sad situation in Happy Valley.

I'm worried for O'Brien that last year's results are going to be a fluke.

February 19, 2013  09:51 AM ET
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Trying to put a happy face on a sad situation in Happy Valley.I'm worried for O'Brien that last year's results are going to be a fluke.

Gotta agree w/ you Joe. I understand wanting to do the honorable thing, but IMO he's going to have a hard time repeating the success of last year.

Shoulda parlayed that success into a better/easier job for himself. That window may have closed for a while

February 19, 2013  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Nebraska made a living on walk ons.

Yeah. I see a future for "walk ons" for USC football program!!!! LOL.

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February 19, 2013  10:43 AM ET

I'm trying to figure out that $8,000 amount. Is that all it costs to attend Penn State?

February 19, 2013  10:54 AM ET
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I'm trying to figure out that $8,000 amount. Is that all it costs to attend Penn State?

$8,000/year. Still seems low, though.

February 19, 2013  03:12 PM ET

Penn state is at least double that amount of $8000.00. It is one of the most expensive public universities. And that is just for tuition not room and board.

February 19, 2013  08:17 PM ET
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$8,000/year. Still seems low, though.

In state tuition? Can not include room & board.

February 22, 2013  06:45 PM ET

Total cost for in state is about $28K (tuition/fees, room/board, books, etc.)

 
February 22, 2013  06:49 PM ET

PSU is most expensive state university for in-state cost in the country. I know, it's technically state related. Pitt is actually the 2nd highest. Most state universities are about $20-22K per yr.

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