Thursday, September 3, 2015

Ohrnberger as Shipley

If you're worried about Penn State being tight for this Saturday's test in Wisconsin, here's a story that should ease your worries. Center A.Q. Shipley was scheduled to be on an 11 a.m. conference call this morning with reporters. I was supposed to be on the call, but mixed up my times and missed the Q&A. However, about a half hour ago, I received an e-mail from Jeff Nelson, Penn State assistant athletic director for communications, apologizing for today's Shipley conference call.

Ohrnberger as Shipley

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If you're worried about Penn State being tight for this Saturday's test in Wisconsin, here's a story that should ease your worries. Center A.Q. Shipley was scheduled to be on an 11 a.m. conference call this morning with reporters. I was supposed to be on the call, but mixed up my times and missed the Q&A. However, about a half hour ago, I received an e-mail from Jeff Nelson, Penn State assistant athletic director for communications, apologizing for today's Shipley conference call.

Apparently, another member of the team posed as Shipley and answered questions in his place. I did a little investigative work (Uh, called another reporter) and found out that it was guard Rich Ohrnberger, considered the class clown of the team. Supposedly, Ohrnberger had all of Shipley's verbal tics ("ya knows," etc.) down pat. He answered around 15 minutes of questions (even one about himself), but there were a few suspicious reporters. Nelson was told, hence the apologizing e-mail. I doubt Ohrnberger will be disciplined (I hope he isn't. This is funny.), but I'm sure he won't get any other chances to be on conference calls (or maybe he'll be forced to be). The senior has been surprisingly left off conference calls all season.

Here I was bummed I missed the Shipley call. Ends up I didn't miss anything pertinent except maybe a good gag. It sounds like media payback time, however. How should we get Ohrnberger back? Suggestions?

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season will be Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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