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James Franklin to throw out first pitch at Yankees game

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin is going to take his talents to another sport. In a statement released by the university, it was announced that Franklin will be throwing out the first pitch at an upcoming New York Yankees game. “It’s such an awesome opportunity to throw out the first pitch and take in a Yankees game at such an iconic stadium,” Franklin said...
Via Campus Sports Net
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Final 2015 Big Ten spring game attendance figures

For those interested… 99,391 – Ohio State 76,881 – Nebraska 68,000 – Penn State 60,000 – Michigan 48,000 – Michigan State 15,782 – Rutgers 10,100 – Minnesota 10,014 – Indiana 9,630 – Wisconsin 8,000 – Iowa 5,145 – Purdue There are no attendance numbers for Illinois, Maryland or Northwestern. The Big Ten totaled 410,942 fans this spring, not counting whatever...
Via Nittany Lions Den
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Buckeyes to host night games against Penn State, Minnesota

Ohio State announced this week starting times for three games, all affairs to be held in prime time during a four-week span to begin the second half of the season. First is a visit from Penn State on Oct. 17. That game will begin at 8 p.m., making it the fourth consecutive in the series to start at 5:30 p.m. or later. The Buckeyes have won all three, including an 31-24 overtime thriller...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

No College Football In Ireland in 2016

Those who enjoyed watching the Penn State Nittany Lions take on the Central Florida Knights in Ireland to open the season last year are in for some disappointment. In a post by Kevin McGuire of NBC Sports’ College Football Talk, the game known as the Croke Park Classic will not take place in 2016 as originally planned. A statement from the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) cites...
Via Campus Sports Net
3 days ago  |  Discuss

PSU DC has high hopes for young cornerbacks

Penn State returns both starting cornerbacks from last season, but there is an open spot created by the move of Jordan Lucas to safety this spring. Even with sophomore Grant Haley expected to claim that slot opposite returning starter Trevor Williams, there could be concerns as far as depth -- or maybe not. Defensive coordinator John Shoop likes the look of incoming freshmen Garrett...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Penn State Coach James Franklin Is Throwing Out The First Pitch At Next Tuesday’s Yankee Game

Penn State held on for a 31-30 overtime victory over Boston College in the 2014 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in December. Next Tuesday, Nittany Lion head coach James Franklin will return to the Bronx to throw out the first pitch before the New York Yankees take on the Tampa Bay Rays.   #PSU fans come see @coachjfranklin throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Tuesday...
Via College Spun
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nittany Lion jerseys available via auction for limited time

Penn State fans wanting the chance to buy a game-worn jersey and contribute to charity can do both by taking part in an online auction taking place this week. The sale will run through Friday and can be accessed here. Jerseys available for sale include ones worn by quarterback Christian Hackenberg and receiver Geno Lewis, and the proceeds will be donated to Uplifting Athletes. (h/t PennLive.com)
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Former walk-on locks up starting end spot for PSU

Carl Nassib started the spring as a favorite to grab one of the open starting spots on the Penn State defensive line this spring, and all indications are he was able to do just that. After head coach James Franklin said prior to the first spring practice that Nassib, a former walk-on, had a "sneaky" good 2014 as a reserve, defensive coordinator Bob Shoop closed spring by calling...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

How Penn State held on to a hot defensive coordinator

After crafting one of the top defenses in the country last season, Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop could have left Happy Valley for another job. He chose to remain on head coach James Franklin's staff for at least another year, though, and explained his reasoning Saturday after the spring game. “Let me say this: I’m very happy with the job I have and I’m excited...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Predicting start times for Penn State’s 2015 season

The NFL has its fun Tuesday night by unveiling the entire 2015 schedule. College football is a little different in that bits and pieces of the schedule are unveiled over time, thanks in large part to the process the networks have in determining which games they will carry. The Big Ten Network has already confirmed a handful of games that will appear on primetime in 2015, including...
Via Nittany Lions Den
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Steve Spurrier: Joe Paterno got ‘a terrible deal’

It has been more than three years since Penn State Nittany Lions coaching legend Joe Paterno was removed from his job in State College. Despite the way things came crashing down at the end of his tenure, there are plenty of fans who still support their beloved JoePa. Not only is it the fans who still support the late coach, but his former peers. One of those men currently in the...
Via Campus Sports Net
6 days ago  |  Discuss

SEC takes aim at Penn State when they should look in the mirror

It’s that time of the year again when folks around the SEC cry about Penn State setting up camps on their pristine recruiting soil. Just as they did a year ago, Penn State twill be traveling south to set up football camps. And just like they did last year, the SEC is not all too happy about it. SEC rules prevent coaches from working at a football camp outside of a 50-mile radius...
Via Nittany Lions Den
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Penn State spring attendance ranks third in nation and Big Ten

Penn State head coach James Franklin may have wanted a full house on Saturday at Beaver Stadium, but the 68,000 fans that showed up for the annual Blue White Game is nothing to be ashamed of. Penn State’s spring game crowd currently ranks third in the nation and gives the Big Ten the top three spots in the order. Ohio State set a new national spring game record with 99,391 fans...
Via Nittany Lions Den
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Al Golden workout video from his Penn State days is pure gold

File under: The offseason, slow news day …  First, if you haven’t seen the awesome video posted by South Carolina beat writer Josh Kendall, you should stop what you’re doing now and look. Kendall, who covers the Gamecocks for The State, worked out with head coach Steve Spurrier in advance of the Head Ball Coach’s 70th birthday (which is Monday). Spurrier’s method...
Via Canes Watch
7 days ago

Hackenberg gets through Penn State spring game unscathed

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Christian Hackenberg had an unexpectedly busy spring game for Penn State. With his backup out, the star quarterback played almost all the Nittany Lions' intrasquad scrimmage Saturday. Hackenberg threw for 180 yards and a touchdown and was picked off once. Most important, Penn State's most irreplaceable player came away healthy as Hackenberg's Blue team beat...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

4-Star DB Zechariah McPhearson Commits To Penn State

On the day of its Blue-White spring game, Penn State has picked up a commitment from 2016 four-star cornerback Zechariah McPhearson. The news was first reported by Ryan Snyder of Rivals.com and confirmed moments ago by McPhearson himself. Officially committed to Penn State University pic.twitter.com/qcoFyveZgf — ZMac (@ZMcphearson) April 19, 2015 McPhearson, of Upper Marlboro...
Via College Spun
9 days ago  |  Discuss

No. 6 Lt Heavyweight Phil Davis joins Bellator MMA

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (April 15, 2015) – Bellator MMA is pleased to announce the signing of the sixth* ranked Light Heavyweight in the world, Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis (13-3, 1 NC), to an exclusive, multi-fight deal. “I can’t wait to be fighting in Bellator and wreck shop on everyone,” said Davis. “I am the absolute best and most dominant grappler to ever fight in...
Via BadCulture
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Phil Davis signs with Bellator MMA

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (April 14, 2015) – Bellator MMA is pleased to announce the signing of the sixth* ranked Light Heavyweight in the world, Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis (13-3, 1 NC), to an exclusive, multi-fight deal. “I can’t wait to be fighting in Bellator and wreck shop on everyone,” said Davis. “I am the absolute best and most dominant grappler to ever fight in...
Via Fight Booth
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Gordon takes tour of Penn State in special Axalta car

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Jeff Gordon slid into a street-legal version of his race car and set out for a slow cruise with a passenger who had no idea what kind of ride the four-time NASCAR champion had in store for her. There was nothing ordinary about this drive in the No. 24 Chevrolet. Gordon revved his engine and peeled away as he put on a show for a large crowd of fans chasing...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Draft, Eagles, Dolphins, & Redskins

Draft Gil Brandt reports that Penn State OT Donovan Smith and Texas A&M OT Cedric Ogbuehi will also be attending the NFL Draft. Ian Rapoport reports that Clemson DE/OLB Vic Beasley will visit with the Redskins and Jets next week. Tony Pauline reports that the Jaguars, Colts, and Cardinals all had their running back coaches on ... The post NFL Notes: Draft, Eagles, Dolphins,...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Gordon to drive Penn State car at Pocono NASCAR race

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon will drive a blue and white Penn State car for a June race at Pennsylvania's Pocono Raceway. The four-time Sprint Cup Series winner unveiled the design Tuesday at Penn State. He drove a replica of the repainted Chevrolet SS around campus and attended a rally with the marching band and cheerleaders. Gordon says the special paint scheme...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Photo/Video: NASCAR Star Jeff Gordon Unveils Penn State-Branded Car In Happy Valley

On June 7, Jeff Gordon will race in the Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400 at Pocono Raceway, and he will do it in a car that is sure to draw some cheers from the local Pennsylvania fans. Gordon was in State College today to unveil the car, which features Penn State branding. The moment has arrived! The No. 24 @AxaltaRacing/@penn_state Chevy SS @JeffGordonWeb will race @poconoraceway...
Via College Spun
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Gordon unveils Pocono paint scheme at Penn State University visit

Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon headed back to school Tuesday afternoon, as the Hendrick Motorsports driver took time to visit Penn State University. Gordon, along with sponsor Axalta, have partnered with Penn State to highlight STEM and business education. Penn State's College of Engineering and Smeal College of Business students will have a special opportunity...
Via Fox Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

4-Star OL Michal Menet Has An Interesting Top 2 Schools

Reading (Pa.) Exeter Township High School offensive lineman Michal Menet is a four-star prospect in the class of 2016 with nearly 30 offers to his name. He revealed his top two schools this morning, and it is an interesting duo.  pic.twitter.com/UjYlMHxm3E — Michal Menet (@Mike_Menet72) April 14, 2015 Penn State isn’t a surprise considering Menet is a Keystone State native...
Via College Spun
13 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Draft, 49ers, Bears, Cowboys, & Raiders

Draft Washington State QB Connor Halliday is visiting with the Redskins. (Aaron Wilson) Penn State OT Donovan Smith is visiting the 49ers. (Aaron Wilson) According to Dane Brugler, USC CB Josh Shaw could be an option for the Cowboys in round two or three if they choose to address a different position in the first round. 49ers Oregon ... The post NFL Notes: Draft, 49ers, Bears...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
13 days ago  |  Discuss
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