Penn State Signs Top Junior College Wideout

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Holding an undergraduate degree from Penn State University, retired retail executive Reid Hackney most recently served as a vice president and chief financial officer at A’GACI in San Antonio, Texas. Reid Hackney is an avid college football fan and closely follows his alma mater.

Penn State football picked up a junior college standout after a single visit in early June. The Nittany Lions brought Lackawanna College wideout Norval Black in for a workout and liked him so much they offered him a scholarship on the spot. Black didn’t take long to think about it and accepted the offer immediately. Penn State was the only FBS (Division I) school to offer the junior college wide receiver a spot.

In his freshman season with Lackawanna, the 6’1 wideout hauled in 15 catches for 445 yards and 5 touchdowns. Black played his high school football at Northwest High School in Germantown, Maryland. After his visit, he said he felt like Penn State was “home” the second he set foot on the campus.

Eight Penn State Players Invited to NFL Combine


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Reid Hackney is a retired financial executive who most recently served as vice president and chief financial officer of San Antonio, Texas’ AGACI. An accounting alumnus of Penn State University, Reid Hackney remains a passionate fan of the school’s football team.

The 2018 National Football League (NFL) Draft takes place from April 26 to April 28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and as many as eight former Nittany Lions are hoping to be selected in the seven-round draft. Running back Saquon Barkley headlines a class of eight Penn State players who were invited to the NFL Combine. The others are tight end Mike Gesicki, wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, linebacker Jason Cabinda, cornerbacks Christian Cambell and Grant Haley, and safeties Troy Apke and Marcus Allen.

Through three seasons with Penn State, Barkley compiled 3,843 rushing yards as well as 1,195 receiving yards. He also had a combined 51 touchdowns. Barkley is expected to be taken early in the draft, but others, including Campbell and Apke, need a strong showing at the combine to solidify their chances of being drafted. Only one Penn State alumnus was selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, while four others signed as undrafted free agents.

Penn State Remains Undefeated in the Fiesta Bowl

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Reid Hackney is a retired financial executive who spent the past 20 years in the retail sector and most recently served as vice president and chief financial officer for A’GACI. The recipient of a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Penn State University, Reid Hackney remains a passionate fan of the school’s football team.

The Penn State Nittany Lions finished the 2017 season with a win-loss record of 11-2, which earned the team a trip to the Fiesta Bowl for the seventh time in school history. The Nittany Lions had won its previous six Fiesta Bowl games and maintained its perfect record by defeating Washington 35-28 on December 30, 2017. The team had previously won the Fiesta Bowl in 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981, 1980, and 1977.

Quarterback Trace McSorley led the charge for Penn State with 342 passing yards and a pair of touchdown passes to wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, both of which came on important third-down plays. The Nittany Lions jumped out to a 28-7 lead over Washington by the second quarter, but found themselves up by only seven points late in the fourth quarter. However, the team’s ability to convert on third down once again proved critical, as Penn State converted a trio of third-down attempts to run out the clock and secure its first bowl victory since 2014.

Accounting Research Opportunities at Penn State


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A retired financial executive based in San Antonio, Texas, Reid Hackney spent five years as vice president and chief financial officer of A’GACI, LLC. Before launching his career in finance, Reid Hackney earned his bachelor of science in accounting from Penn State.

At the Penn State Smeal College of Business, students in the undergraduate accounting program enjoy access to a number of unique research opportunities in accounting. Faculty members in the Smeal Accounting Department investigate topics ranging from alternative accounting standards and forecasting to auditors’ opinion decisions during times of financial stress. Faculty members have also conducted extensive research into employee stock options, analyzing the taxation, valuation, and compensation aspects of various programs.

Every year in May, Penn State hosts the invitational Accounting Research Conference. The conference includes six in-depth presentations from junior and senior academics who discuss their latest research projects with students, colleagues, and invited accounting scholars.

To learn more about research opportunities at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, visit

Pair of Penn State Players Released for Transfer

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A former chief financial officer who accrued over 17 years of experience between retail companies Ascena Retail Group and A’GACI, Reid Hackney retired in 2017. The recipient of a bachelor’s in accounting from Penn State University, Reid Hackney maintains an affiliation to the school through his support of its football team, the Nittany Lions.

The Nittany Lions are playing in this year’s Fiesta Bowl, but they will be without kicker Alex Barbir and running back Andre Robinson, as both players were granted their release from the team to pursue transfer options. A redshirt freshman from Georgia, Barbir played in two games this season, but didn’t attempt an extra kick or field goal. He was part of the team’s 2016 recruiting class. Robinson, meanwhile, was part of the 2015 recruiting class. He had 29 carries in 2016, but served as a backup to both Saquon Barkley and Miles Sanders this season. Through 17 games with the team, Robinson accumulated 243 yards from scrimmage and scored seven touchdowns.

Fortunately for Penn State, the team already has commitments from players at both positions as part of its 2018 recruiting class. Four-star running back Ricky Slade of Virginia has agreed to enroll in the school next year, as has three-star kicker Jake Pinegar of Iowa.

Penn State’s Saquon Barkley Emerging as Heisman Trophy Candidate


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Saquon Barkley

An accountant by trade, Reid Hackney has a combined 17 years experience as a retail executive and chief financial officer with Ascena Retail Group and AGACI. Reid Hackney earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Penn State University and continues to support the school’s football team, the Nittany Lions.

Throughout five weeks of the 2017 college football season, the Nittany Lions boasted an undefeated 5-0 record. Running back Saquon Barkley played a major role in reaching this milestone, earning himself early Heisman Trophy consideration. Despite posting one of his worst rushing performances of the season in a 45-14 win over Indiana on September 30, Barkley still impressed with an opening game touchdown, touchdown pass, and four completed passes totaling 51 yards.

This season’s success comes on the heels of his 2016 title win of Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year after earning a combined 1,898 yards from scrimmage and 22 season touchdowns. Barkley’s early 2017 performance puts him on pace to improve his yards from 2016’s scrimmage total.

Penn State Quarterback Recruit off to Strong Start in Senior Season

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Justin Fields

Reid Hackney is a retired retail executive who, throughout his career, held senior positions with AGACI, and Ascena Retail Group. Before beginning his career, Reid Hackney earned a degree in accounting from Penn State University. He continues to support his alma mater through his fandom of the Penn State Nittany Lions football team.

The Nittany Lions are off to a promising start in 2017. As of September 25, the team was ranked No. 4 in the country following a 4-0 start to the season. The good news doesn’t just begin and end with the team’s current roster, however. Penn State’s 2018 recruiting class appears promising, even with the decommitted status of five-star recruit Justin Fields. The quarterback announced over the summer that he was seeking other opportunities, and the Lions wasted little time in finding a replacement. Following a July 14 workout session, Will Levis announced his intention to play for Penn State in 2018.

The 6-foot-4 Xavier High School (Middletown) senior was ranked as the top prospect in all of Connecticut, at least according to 247Sports 2018 composite rankings. Through the first two weeks of the season he has proven worthy of that ranking, as he has thrown for seven touchdowns, a mark he reached in his fourth game the previous year. He finished his junior season with 25 total touchdowns and 1,972 passing yards. Prior to committing to Penn State, Levis received scholarship offers from Iowa, Florida State, Ole Miss, North Carolina, and Syracuse.

Penn State Alumnus Chris Godwin Drafted by Tampa Bay Buccaneers


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Chris Godwin

A retired financial executive, Reid Hackney managed IT and accounting functions for Dressbarn from 2000 to 2012 and recently served as chief financial officer for AGACI. Reid Hackney graduated from Penn State in 1979 and remains an avid fan of the school’s Nittany Lions football team.

As of the start of 2017 training camp, there were 36 Penn State alumni on National Football League (NFL) rosters, including Chris Godwin, the only member of the 2016 team to be selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. Godwin, a six-foot-one, 205-pound wide receiver, was drafted 84th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is expected to compete for the fourth wide receiver role behind an impressive core of players, including newly signed DeSean Jackson, Adam Humphries, and Mike Evans.

In three seasons with Penn State, Godwin recorded a combined 2,421 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns. He had a breakthrough junior campaign last season and finished the year with 11 touchdowns and 982 receiving yards. Although Godwin was the only Penn State player to be drafted in 2017, four others have since signed professional contracts. Linebacker Brandon Bell agreed to a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals, defensive lineman Garrett Sickels signed with the Indianapolis Colts, safety Malik Golden signed with the San Francisco 49ers, and defensive end Evan Schwan agreed to a deal with the New York Giants.

Penn State Football’s Successful 2016-2017 Season


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Penn State Football

Reid Hackney retired as the vice president and CFO of A’GACI in San Antonio, Texas, in February of 2017. An alumnus of Penn State University, Reid Hackney remains a fan of his alma mater’s football team.

Despite losing their final game of the season to the USC Trojans in the 2017 Rose Bowl, the Penn State Nittany Lions had a successful season in 2016. Third-year head coach, James Franklin, led the team to a final BCS ranking of seventh in the nation along with a Big Ten championship.

The season started slowly with an early loss to cross-state rival Pitt in the second game of the season, and the fourth-ranked Michigan Wolverines manhandled Penn State in game four, leaving the latter with a 2-2 record.

Nevertheless, the team went on to win nine straight games, including a comeback victory over powerhouse Ohio State in a classic contest. Penn State outscored the Buckeyes by 17 points in the fourth quarter, including a dramatic touchdown off of a blocked field goal attempt.

Micah Parsons Revokes His Penn State 2018 Recruiting Class Commitment

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Micah Parsons

Reid Hackney is a retired retail executive with over 25 years of financial and operational leadership experience. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Reid Hackney is an avid college football fan who continues to support his alma mater.

With recruiting for the 2018 college football season underway, Penn State’s incoming class suffered a drastic blow in February, as Micah Parsons recanted his commitment to the school. Parsons, a five-star defensive end and Penn State’s top 2018 recruit, noted in a Twitter post that he had “committed too soon” to the school and, although it remains high on his list, he plans on taking the upcoming season to focus on his final year of high school football.

According to 247 Sports, Parsons is the third best recruit in the country for the upcoming season. In addition to Penn State, Parsons has 19 scholarship offers from prominent football programs, including Ohio State, Alabama, and Clemson. Despite his decision, Penn State’s 12-member recruiting class for 2018 remains one of the best in the nation per 247 Sports’ report.