What has the world of recruiting come to these days, you ask? Well, in between offering scholarships to eighth graders, programs are looking to do just about anything and everything to get a leg up on the competition.
If that means taking a little “creative license” (read: straight stealing) another historically proud D-I institution in the process, so be it, apparently.
On Monday afternoon, the fine folks running the UCLA Football Twitter account posted the above photo. It is celebrating the hard work put in by linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich. Considering Ulbrich is one of the main coaches responsible for transforming Anthony Barr from a decent fullback into a linebacker with a real shot at some Heisman consideration in 2013, the credit is well deserved.
But the nickname is not — it happens to be the well-known moniker for Penn State, which has churned out ‘backers with the best of them over the decades.
On Tuesday morning, the Nittany Lions’ feed tweeted a response (of course, this all could have been a mere coincidence, but somehow we doubt that):
The part that we’re looking at is the “& a meaningful degree.” The “WE ARE … LINEBACKER U” portion may have been expected, but coach Bill O’Brien and his staff are trying to recruit a different crop of young men as the school works to move out of Jerry Sandusky’s heinous shadow.
Talk about upping the ante a little bit against UCLA.
Got to love the offseason.
[H/T: CBS Sports]