Posted July 20, 2012 on AP on Fox
The days of Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti beating a sledge hammer against a truck tire, as sweat dripped down his face and arms, are nearly over. The Nittany Lions senior used that exercise as one of many he performed during his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament he sustained last September. This time around, Mauti is ready to go. And he needs to be. Mauti and fellow linebacker Gerald Hodges, both on the Butkus Award watch list, figure to be forces on a defense that has some work ahead of it. Indeed, in this season of change - a new coaching staff, a new outlook, a new era at Beaver Stadium - the Nittany Lions will need absolutely all they can get from their seasoned leaders. ''All we can focus on is what we're focusing on, and that's coming to work every day, ignoring everything that's going on outside,'' Mauti said. ''Whether it's good or bad.''

Penn State fans flock to Paterno statue

Hundreds of Penn State fans have flocked to Beaver Stadium to get one last glimpse of the bronze statute of former head football coach Joe Paterno. University President Rodney Erickson is making his decision whether or not to take it down. “I watched football games and cheered for JoePa on my father’s lap as a little girl,” Kristi Parthemore told The Patriot News. For some...

City of Grambling wants NCAA to vacate some of Joe Paterno’s wins

Grambling, Louisiana is home to prominent HSBCU Grambling State University. Legendary head coach Eddie Robinson coached at Grambling State for 57 years and at one point held the record for the most wins in the NCAA football with 408. That record was surpassed by Joe Paterno just two weeks before being fired by Penn State during the firestorm of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Now that...

Report: Joe Paterno Statue to Be Removed at Penn State University

The fate of the larger-than-life bronze statue of Joe Paterno outside of its stadium is no longer in limbo. Penn State University will begin the process of removing the illustrious sculpture, erasing all traces of the iconic football coach accused of concealing child sex abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant under Paterno and the football program. Penn State...

Penn State also hit by Big Ten

The Big Ten says Penn State will not be allowed to share in the conference's bowl revenues while it is banned from the postseason by the NCAA. The Big Ten announced its own sanctions against Penn State about two hours after the NCAA handed down crippling penalties against the Nittany Lions football program. The sanctions by the governing body of college sports, which capped...

Former PSU assistant Sarra dies

Former Penn State assistant coach Joe Sarra died on Thursday. He was 75. Sarra coached the linebackers and the defensive interior line across a Nittany Lions career that spanned 21 seasons. In 2000, he was promoted to assistant to the head coach for special projects, a position he held through 2004, when he retired. Penn State confirmed his death in a Friday press release. As...

Penn State to remove Joe Paterno statue

In light of everything that has been revealed regarding the Sandusky incident, Penn State University reportedly will be taking down legendary head coach Joe Paterno’s statue over the weekend: Am told that Penn State plans to take down the Paterno statue this weekend. — Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) July 20, 2012 Given the circumstances, Penn State [...]

Reports: Joe Paterno statue to be removed

There are conflicting reports about the possibility of the Joe Paterno statue being taken down, as soon as this weekend. Both Kimberly Jones and Bonnie Bernstein are reporting via their Twitter feeds Am told that Penn State plans to take down the Paterno statue this weekend. — Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) July 20, 2012 Source: Penn [...]

Reports: Penn State taking down Joe Paterno statue

The school won’t make it official yet, but word is that Penn State is ready to take down the Joe Paterno statue, and it could happen as early as this weekend. PSU trustees have not confirmed as of yet, but here’s the word via NBC’s Pro Football Talk Multiple reports Friday morning from former ESPN/CBS reporter Bonnie Bernstein and the NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones say that...

Media barred while Alabama’s Nick Saban used restroom

Reporters were barred from using a hotel restroom while Alabama head football coach Nick Saban relieved himself during a break in the action at SEC Media Days. The Birmingham News reports that a short line formed outside the restroom while Saban was inside with University of Alabama athletic relations coordinator Cedric Burns. Two security officials reportedly blocked the line...

Former Head of student affairs at Penn State 'saw the dark side of Joe Paterno'

Vicky Triponey, interim director of student affairs at The College of New Jersey, used to have another title: Head of student affairs at Penn State. Triponey was forced out of Happy Valley because... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Paterno statue decision next week?

Penn State's president is methodically seeking input from trustees, alumni and other constituencies about the fate of the Joe Paterno statue outside the football stadium.

FOS GALLERY: Lift For Life Challenge

Check out a wide variety of Nittany Lions in action at the annual charity event on campus. We have more than 50 images.

PSU Pledge to Visit UNC

Although he’s still verbally committed to Penn State, Greg Webb has decided he needs to visit a few additional schools before completely ending his recruitment.
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