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Four Big Ten teams in preseason coaches poll

The first of the not useless preseason polls was released today, with the unveiling of the coaches poll. Penn State is not eligible to receive votes in the coaches poll until completing its NCAA sentence (currently set at end of the 2015 season, making Penn State eligible for coaches poll voting in 2016). With the new College Football Playoff, the coaches poll is now just another...
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Penn State Assistant Says Nittany Lions Dropped Recruit Over “Social Media Presence”

Dropped another prospect this AM due to his social media presence…Actually glad I got to see the ‘real’ person before we offered him. — Herb Hand (@CoachHand) July 30, 2014 Let this be a lesson for all the young recruits out there. Penn State didn’t drop the recruit because he was active on Twitter, but […] The post Penn State Assistant Says Nittany Lions Dropped Recruit...
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Dan Connor helping to make West Chester D2′s Linebacker U

One of Penn State’s al-time best defensive players is beginning his coaching career. Former Penn State linebacker Dan Connor has been added to the caching staff at West Chester University, one of the top Division 2 programs in the northeast. Connor will be the linebackers coach for the Golden Rams, a perennial contender in the PSAC. I first saw the report from 247 Sports, but...
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Four-star DeMatha DE Shane Simmons Commits to Penn State

Four-star DeMatha defensive end Shane Simmons committed to Penn State on Wednesday. He made the announcement in a press conference that was carried live on ESPN.com. Ranked as the 25th in the class of 2016 and number one Maryland recruit, Simmons decided to end his process rather early. Simmons chose the Nittany Lions over home state Maryland, Ohio State, Alabama, and Florida State...
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Washington (D.C.) forward commits to Dayton

Dayton's 2015 basketball recruiting class expanded to three players Wednesday with the verbal commitment of Sam Miller. A 6-8 three-star forward from Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga, Miller also had offers from Penn State, Rutgers and Siena according to Scout.com. He told Scout national recruiting analyst Brian Snow he chose the Flyers because he sees himself being able to play early...
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2016 recruit Shane Simmons commits to Penn State

Five-Star defensive end Shane Simmons committed to Penn State on Wednesday, joining Woodland Hills’ running back Miles Sanders as the first two members of the 2016 Penn State recruiting class. Simmons, ranked by 247Sports as the 27th best player in the nation and a five star composite (explanation) picked the Nittany Lions over the likes of Alabama, Florida State, Maryland,...
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Ohio State Recruit Takes Shot At Penn State Following Nittany Lions Receiving Commitment From His 5-Star Teammate

Tyler Green doesn’t care about your five-star commitment, Penn State.  The Nittany Lions received a pledge today from Shane Simmons, a 6-foot-2, 223-pound five-star defensive end in the 2016 class. Simmons plays at DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Md. with Ohio State commit Tyler Green, a safety in the 2015 class.  Green reacted to Simmons’ commitment by poking fun at his teammate’s...
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Penn State receives 2016 verbal from five-star DE Shane Simmons

Penn State head coach James Franklin is working his way through the ESPN car wash up in Bristol, Connecticut today. Somewhere along the way he probably received a phone call that will have him beaming. Class of 2016 five-star defensive end Shane Simmons verbally committed to Penn State this afternoon, choosing the Nittany Lions over Florida State, Alabama and Big Ten (division...
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Photo: James Franklin And Kyle Flood Both Have Awesome Metal Business Cards

Vanderbilt isn’t the only school where its head football coach has an awesome metal business card. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy tweeted out a picture of Penn State head coach James Franklin and Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood’s business cards, which are made out of some kind of metal and prominently feature the school’s logo. Flood also made the logo a point of good-hearted competition...
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Penn State Stops Recruiting A Player Because Of “Social Media Presence”

Penn State’s offensive line coach sent out a pretty interesting tweet on Monday morning, saying the school has stopped recruiting a high school prospect because of his “social media presence,” likely meaning his Twitter account. Dropped another prospect this AM due to his social media presence…Actually glad I got to see the 'real' person before we offered him. ...
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Penn State Football: Prospect Dropped Over ‘Social Media Presence’

In the good old days — you know, 2004 — life used to be simpler for college athletes and recruits. But this is 2014, where a bad “social media presence” is grounds for losing an offer to play...Story
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Herb Hand Drops A Penn State Prospect Because Of His “Social Media Presence”

It’s hard to argue that any coach in America is better at social media than Penn State offensive line coach and run game coordinator Herb Hand. Hand’s twitter account perfectly balances being funny with being motivational and insightful. Earlier today, we saw a more serious side of Hand, when he explained that Penn State stopped its pursuit of a recruit because of his presence...
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Five-Star recruit Shane Simmons set to make decision

“Dominate the region” was one of James Franklin‘s biggest goals when he first stepped on campus back in January. Well, since James Franklin has done just that and it may just get a lot better for Franklin and the Penn State coaching staff as five-star defensive end Shane Simmons is set to make his decision on Wednesday afternoon. Simmons, who announced his top five earlier...
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Video: James Franklin Has An Amazing Reaction When A Reporter Asks If He “Has A Little Urban Meyer In Him”

James Franklin has definitely made waves as the new coach Penn State. At Big Ten media day, Franklin fielded numerous questions, but one in particular really baffled him. An Ohio State beat reporter asked Franklin if he thought he had “a little Urban Meyer in him.” Franklin’s reaction is priceless; he admits he has no idea how to answer the question. Franklin winds up dropping...
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Penn State hires Sandy Barbour

Former Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour was introduced as Penn State's new athletic director Saturday afternoon, making her the first female AD in the university's history. She resigned from Cal last month after a 10-year stint and will officially begin her Penn State tenure on Aug. 18. She will take over for Penn State's Dave Joyner, who retired in June after taking...
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How the media preseason polls predict Penn State’s opponents

Now that the media day circuit is wrapping up for this summer, we have preseason polls taking a crack at forecasting the upcoming college football season in every conference. Penn State was picked by selected Big Ten media to finish fourth in the Big Ten East Division, behind Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan. But what about how media from across the country views Penn State’s...
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Penn State’s James Franklin Takes Selfie With T-Rex

Selfie w/my homeboy T -Rex #107kOld, at the @FieldMuseum in Downtown Chicago! #107kStrong #PSUnrivaled pic.twitter.com/puL5qdmj1Y — James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) July 28, 2014 Because why not. Seems safe to say that James Franklin is enjoying his time as Penn State’s head coach. The post Penn State’s James Franklin Takes Selfie With T-Rex appeared first on Diehardsport.
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New Penn State AD Sandy Barbour’s Verified Twitter Account Sends Readers To A Cal-Berkeley Parody Facebook Page

Penn State announced the hiring of Cal-Berkeley athletic director Sandy Barbour late last week, and she’s quickly made moves on social media to display move to Happy Valley. It turns out that someone else decided to go into her account and make some changes as well. While none of Barbour’s tweets seem out of the ordinary, here profile page raises some questions. Barbour’s location...
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Penn State's James Franklin photobombed by a T-Rex.

James Franklin and his new friend. Penn State head coach James Franklin is enjoying himself in Chicago, where he is attending SEC Media Days. He took time from the goings on at the Hilton Chicago to head over to the Field Museum, where he took this selfie of himself being photobombed Sue, the museum's Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton.Selfie w/my homeboy T -Rex #107kOld, at the @FieldMuseum...
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New Coach James Franklin Brings New Edge to Penn State

CHICAGO — This is not the Penn State program Mike Hull thought he was joining.Now, that’s not a bad thing, but the James Franklin style...
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Pitt’s Paul Chryst would prefer Penn State over West Virginia

Paul Chryst said he wants annual games w/WVU & Penn State, but if had to chose 1 he would pick PSU to “stay in state" — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 28, 2014
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Penn State has one commit on the Rivals 100 for 2016

For those looking ahead in the recruiting game, Rivals unveiled its top 100 list for the Class of 2016. Penn State commit Miles Sanders comes in at No. 42. The Big Ten has just two players currently committed in the Class of 2016 that appear on this latest ranking. Illinois offensive lineman Erik Swenson is currently committed to Michigan. Swenson is ranked No. 70 on the list. The...
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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Messed Up Pretty Badly With This Headline

Penn State recently hired Sandy Barbour — formerly Cal’s Athletic Director — as its new Athletic Director. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette decided to report on the news. Unfortunately, its headline could’ve used a couple of edits. No name. Just woman. pic.twitter.com/NdAQWvFAUi — Virginia Montanez (@JanePitt) July 27, 2014 Is it factual? I guess. Sandy Barbour is a woman...
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Penn State: Headline About Athletic Director Sandy Barbour Angers Readers

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had readers upset Sunday with its not-so-tactful front-page headline regarding Penn State’s hiring of Sandy Barbour as athletic director. No name. Just woman....Story
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Maryland, Penn State Playing for a Trophy Because You Don't Hate Them Enough Yet

StateCollege.com - Penn State knows all about fabricated rivalries between fellow Big Ten teams and it looks like Maryland wants to get in on the action as well according to the Washington Post. According to the report, Maryland is already in talks with Penn State and fellow Big Ten entrant Rutgers for annual trophy games that could help spice up the meetings between Maryland and...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss
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