Cram Session features quick-hitting athlete updates and commentary:
• Girard graduate Jordan Dudas, a defensive back, transferred to Penn State from Bucknell before the 2013 football season when Bill O’Brien was the head coach. However, with O’Brien now in the NFL with the Houston Texans, Dudas and his teammates find themselves under the guidance of new Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin, who was hired Saturday. Dudas, who sat out the 2013 season, has two years of eligibility left.
• General McLane grad Quinn Thompson, a tight end, will have a new coach at UConn next season — his third in his brief career with the Huskies. Paul Pasqualoni started the season as UConn’s coach, but he was fired after the Huskies started 0-4. J.T. Weist took over as the interim coach and led the team to a 3-9 overall record. After the season, former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco took over. Thompson, a tight end, suffered an injury as a freshman this past fall and was expected to be redshirted.
• Incidentally, another General McLane grad and former UConn star, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, will have a new coach, too — NFL coach, that is. Wreh-Wilson recently completed his rookie season as a defensive back with the Tennessee Titans, who hired Ken Whisenhunt as coach Monday. Wreh-Wilson played his rookie season under Mike Munchak.
• Gannon reported today that former defensive lineman Randy Colling has signed a futures contract with the Buffalo Bills.
• Yet another General McLane grad, Valerie Majewski, has been outstanding in her first season with the Edinboro women’s basketball team after transferring from the University at Buffalo. Majewski, who recently had a triple-double, was named the PSAC West player of the week for the second straight week.
• Center Bryan Theriot made it a sweep for Edinboro of the weekly basketball awards when he was named PSAC West player of the week for the men.
• Girard native Curt Miller led the Indiana women’s basketball team into the Associated Press Top 25 last week with a program-best No. 22 ranking. However, the Hoosiers dropped out Monday after a 70-51 loss to Ohio State on Saturday. Indiana (14-1 overall, 1-1 Big Ten) still is at No. 27 in the voting, so one nice win would likely launch the team back into the rankings.
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor