Coaches Caravan: Day II - Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

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BALTIMORE, Md. and WASHINGTON, D.C. - Shortly after the evening program ended in Drexelbrook on Monday night, the Penn State Coaches Caravan bus loaded up and trekked south on I-95 for day two of the nine-day, 18-stop trip.

The travel party arrived at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor hotel in preparation for Tuesday's lunch stop with the Nittany Lion fans and alums.  The caravan continued south for a dinner stop in Washington at the Washington Hilton.  Take a look through highlights from day two.

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Stop III - Baltimore
Into his second day on stage, Coach O'Brien thoroughly enjoyed his time interacting with the Penn State fans and alums in Baltimore.  Saying he came into his own on stage Tuesday would not be a fair assessment because his first two speeches on the caravan were great, but he took things to another level on Tuesday morning in the Marriott Inner Harbor.

Through much of his speech and Q&A session Coach O'Brien had the room filled with more than 225 people laughing.  The humor ranged from ribbing the Ravens fans in the room about the result of the AFC Championship game (Patriots victory) in January to asking women's golf coach Denise St. Pierre if she could help his slice on the golf course.

He told the crowd before the Q&A session began and said there is one question off limits.

"Don't ask me about the starting quarterback," Coach O'Brien said.  "When we take the field on Sept. 1, we will have a starting quarterback!" (Laughter throughout the room).

Coach O'Brien said that one of the things that has really impressed him since he started at Penn State is the tremendous school spirit from the student body.

"How many other places do you see the students decked out from head-to-toe in gear like you do at Penn State?" Coach O'Brien said.

He enjoys seeing all of the Penn State students covered in gear on College Ave., in the Dunkin' Donuts he visits or on campus every day.

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For the third-straight stop, Coach Chambers joined the leader of Penn State football on stage.  Coach Chambers told the crowd of his history recruiting in Baltimore for several years during his coaching career.  He also told the room that Tuesday exactly marks 11 months on the job as head coach of Penn State men's hoops.  Coach Chambers fielded a great question about Tim Frazier during the Q&A session to which he responded with how the senior point guard is a special talent Nittany Lion fans are able to watch.

Penn State track and cross country coach Beth Alford-Sullivan and women's golf coach Denise St. Pierre drove from State College to Baltimore on Tuesday morning to join the Coaches Caravan.  Alford-Sullivan told the room about her track team's tremendous performance at the Penn Relays over the weekend.  St. Pierre explained how important it is for the entire athletic department to work together as one unit.

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VIDEO: Media Interviews in Baltimore
Watch Beth Alford-Sullivan, Denise St. Pierre and Bill O'Brien talk to the media in Baltimore on Tuesday morning.



Stop IV: Washington, D.C.
Just three days removed from the White House Correspondents' Dinner, the Washington Hilton's International Ballroom played host to the fourth stop on the Penn State Coaches Caravan tour.

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A crowd of more than 375 Penn State fans enjoyed the second dinner program of the Caravan inside the immaculate ballroom on the bottom floor of the Washington Hilton.  All four coaches - St. Pierre, Chambers, Alford-Sullivan and O'Brien - again addressed the crowd before an informal Q&A session.

For the first time on the tour, Coach O'Brien spoke to the crowd without a suit jacket on and his cuffs flipped up.  He joked with the crowd about his sideline exchange with Tom Brady at FedEx Field against the Redskins.  Coach O'Brien again delivered his PowerPoint presentation - "A Championship Program On and Off the Field" - to the audience again on Tuesday night.  He will speak with a presentation during each night session during the Caravan.

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Coach Chambers wrapped up his involvement on the Coaches Caravan with another energetic speech.  He told the crowd that everyone in the program will be working relentlessly to take Nittany Lion basketball to new heights.

"People now are a little bit afraid on the recruiting trail of Penn State basketball," Coach Chambers said of the progress he and the hoops staff are making.

Coach Alford-Sullivan finished her speech with a great quote for the Penn State crowd to take home.

"You put the 'We' in We are...Penn State," Coach Alford-Sullivan
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VIDEO: Coach O'Brien Meets the Media in Washington, D.C.
Head coach Bill O'Brien addressed the media in Washington, D.C. outdoors at the Hilton prior to the evening event.  Take a look as he talks about the advancements of football video editing and gameplanning.



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