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  1. What They’re Saying: Reviews on PSU’s James Franklin hire are glowing… except one

    Jan 13, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    You really have to do some digging to find many negative viewpoints on James Franklin, who was introduced as the new head football coach at Penn State University on Saturday. The PA native resurrected a Vanderbilt program from its perennial 2-10 record to three bowl games in three years, accounting for nearly half of the…

  2. Bill O’Brien: Not a Penn State guy

    Jan 2, 2014, 4:24 PM EDT


    Bill O’Brien did what almost every college football coach does when a better opportunity comes along—he took it and ran. That, unfortunately, is the nature of the job. But at Penn State, where the program is still reeling from scandal and sanctions, O’Brien’s departure feels like a larger betrayal than usual. On Thursday, the Houston…

  3. Time Lapse and Photos: Welcome to Penn State hockey’s Pegula Ice Arena

    Oct 16, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

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    This post can be alternately titled — “More people care about college hockey than preseason professional basketball.” We’re a little late with this, but 6,370 fans showed up to watch the Penn State hockey team open its new home — Pegula Ice Arena — with a 4-1 win over Army last Friday night. (Second Army…

  4. NCAA announces Penn State to get some football scholarships back early

    Sep 24, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

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    It’s been little more than a year since the NCAA handed down one of its stiffest penalties of all-time, but it seems college athletics’ governing body is finally ready to ease up on Penn State. On Tuesday it was announced the sanction the program’s football scholarships will be gradually restored over the next few years—earlier…

  5. Quotable: Bill O’Brien Nearly Dropped (Another?) F-Bomb

    Sep 22, 2013, 12:28 AM EDT


    Ahhh, Bill O’Brien. You get all excited and have to catch yourself before you say f—. This is never not enjoyable. Following Penn State’s 34-0 drubbing of Kent State on a rainy Saturday at Beaver Stadium, O’Brien had a little fun with the reporters, calling them out for ignoring his defense’s second consecutive shutout over…

  6. Penn State’s Freshman QB Christian Hackenberg looks to impress against Kent State

    Sep 21, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT


    For most 18-year-old Penn State students, game day in Happy Valley consists of rolling out of bed at 8:00 am, throwing on a blue and white football jersey, chugging some Gatorade, and finally heading over to the Beaver Stadium parking lots. What awaits these students is another action-packed day of tailgating, cheering, and hopefully celebrating…

  7. True Freshman Christian Hackenberg Impressive in First Win for PSU

    Aug 31, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT


    Bill O’Brien had a difficult decision to make on his quarterbacks entering his second season as Penn State’s head football coach. With Matt McGloin graduated and off to the NFL (McGloin made the Raiders, by the way – although that may just be a sad statement about the state of the Raiders), it was down…

  8. The Anti-Chip? Bill O’Brien Won’t Name a Starting Quarterback Yet for Penn State

    Aug 20, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT


    Hey, Nittany Lion fans: college football season is only 11 days away, which is eight days closer than the Eagles’ Monday night opener in Washington. Yet after today, the Birds have a starting quarterback, and Penn State still does not. Of course, Bill O’Brien is in a little bit different of a position than Chip…

  9. Wait a Second: Penn State Once Turned Down Rick Pitino?

    Aug 14, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT


    There’s a nice story on by Jeff Goodman about Louisville head coach Rick Pitino giving a job to a young assistant coach named Mike Balado, who, after a strange series of circumstances and miscommunications, suddenly found himself without a D-I home. Pitino, after hearing the story of how Balado was about to take a…

  10. Temple and Penn State’s 2013 Over/Under Win Totals

    Jul 30, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT


    Temple: 4.5 Penn State: 8.5 Those according to the fine people at OddsShark. We bring this up today (Tuesday), because we’re now less than one month away from college football season, and because the first-ever American Athletic Conference preseason conference poll was just released. Listed below are the results of the media poll along with…

  11. NCAA 14 Predicts Temple vs. Johnny Manziel in Sugar Bowl

    Jul 23, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

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    Summer blows. It consists of Rick Reilly using a 17-year-old’s Twitter account to semi-accuse Chris Davis of using PEDs … and, you know, Ryan Braun actually using PEDs. Thankfully, we’re only five weeks away from getting another sport back into our lives — one defined almost entirely by cheating the system! North and South Carolina…

  12. All PSU Fans Really Need to Know about Bill O’Brien’s Amended Contract

    Jun 21, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT


    It sure was nice of Penn State University to pad head football coach Bill O’Brien’s bank account with a raise, not to mention throw in some additional perks such as additional access to a private jet. Based on the job he did of leading the program to an 8-4 record last year, he earned all…

  13. No More Excuses: Get Flyers-Penguins at Penn State Done

    Jun 6, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Ever since the NHL held the first Winter Classic in 2008, Flyers fans have been imagining the day when the Bullies would meet the cross-state Pittsburgh Penguins in State College, PA for an outdoor game at Beaver Stadium. The rivalry is heated, the venue is obvious. All the league needs to do is slap it…

  14. Hey, Penn State People, Trying to Hang in Philly and Then Day Trip to Baltimore in 2015?

    Jun 3, 2013, 1:31 PM EDT


    Penn State’s relationship with the NCAA isn’t the best at the moment, so the Nittany Lions are moving to the NFL! Well, a couple of the stadiums at least. The Big Ten released its 2015 football schedules on Tuesday and the Nittany Lions will be playing right off I-95 twice in just under two months.…

  15. Photo: Check Out What Appear to Be Penn State’s 2013 Home Uniforms

    May 24, 2013, 2:08 PM EDT


    There was an uproar last year when then-first-year head coach Bill O’Brien decided Penn State players’ names would be put on the backs of their jerseys as a way to honor those who remained with the program following the horrors of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The jerseys looked fine, Penn State won eight of its…