Many will read this with a knowing grin on their face, as it’s all too apparent that the various duties of the typical operations person doesn’t stop at the job description. Worthy of a huge high five, Ross Condon will probably just tell you that it’s just another day.
Guard Tony Carr was the hero of Penn State’s 82-79 upset of No. 13 Ohio State in Columbus Thursday night, scoring 28 points and hitting the game-winning shot at the buzzer. But there was an unsung hero for the Nittany Lions in the game, too.
His name was Ross Condon, the team’s director of operations.
When head coach Pat Chambers and the rest of the team flew to Columbus Wednesday, Condon took a gamble and stayed behind in University Park. Junior forward Josh Reaves had missed the previous four games due to an academic suspension, and the program was not due to receive word on whether the suspension could be lifted until some point Thursday.
“He’s like, ‘I’ll stay, I want to do this,’ ” Chambers said, recalling his Wednesday conversation with Condon. “That’s a guy who’s selfless. It didn’t matter to him that it was a five-hour drive. He was gonna do it regardless of if Josh was in the car or not. To have that faith and to sacrifice the way he did … this staff is gonna do whatever it takes to find success — compliantly.”
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