For the second time in as many years, Penn State fans won't have visions of a bowl victory dancing in their heads this holiday season.
Though they're on the outside looking in due to NCAA sanctions, there is a lot to be excited about in Happy Valley. With the emergence of Christian Hackenberg and young talent on both sides of the ball, the future is bright for the Nittany Lions.
Yet there's always chances to get better and help the program develop. It may be an improved level of play from a certain group of guys or the resolution of an off-the-field issue, but they are all important in the grand scheme of things.
Here are some items, in no particular order, on head coach Bill O'Brien's wish list this holiday season.