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Penn State 48, UMass 7: Finally, a breather

Penn State proved capable of handling moments of adversity in week one in Ireland. In week two the Nittany Lions shrugged aside a rough first half against Akron. They answered the late call again last week on the road at Rutgers. In week four, back in Beaver Stadium, there was never a doubt as Penn State flirted with a shutout against a struggling Massachusetts program. The running...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mount Nittany Rushmore

The great thing about the whole Mount Rushmore conversation is everybody has a different combination of faces that would be carved in to the side of the mountain. After giving it some thought, these are the four names I would have carved in to the side of Mount Nittany if it were up to me. Joe Paterno This is the most obvious name, of course. Paterno is Penn State football, and...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Mount Nittany Rushmore

The great thing about the whole Mount Rushmore conversation is everybody has a different combination of faces that would be carved in to the side of the mountain. After giving it some thought, these are the four names I would have carved in to the side of Mount Nittany if it were up to me. Joe Paterno This is the most obvious name, of course. Paterno is Penn State football...
Via Nittany Lions Den
February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Midweek Serenity: Coach is right

  I fired my opening salvo last week after a 34-0 victory over Kent State, so it’s hard to load up that same gun again. I optimistically concluded: http://www.nittanylionsden.com/2013-articles/september/midweek-serenity-a-bone-to-pick.html “Last year’s metamorphosis gives me reason to believe that O’Brien can learn from what he saw in the first month of the season…It...
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October 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Midweek Serenity: A Bone to Pick

  Amidst all of the hope and elation of our sanction reductions (more to come), this week’s article will focus back on the field. And this week, my usually cheery self has a bone to pick. The most maddening playcalling I can ever remember as a Penn State fan was the 2007 game at Michigan State. The Spartans were just starting to grow into the perennial top-30 team that...
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September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Penn State Football: Nittany Lions outrun Eagles 45-7

While it wasn’t  the quick start they were looking for, the end result was plenty good enough for Penn State on Saturday. After a lethargic first quarter, the Nittany Lions rallied to score 45 unanswered points the rest of the way in cruising to a 45-7 win over Eastern Michigan to move to 2-0 on the season. A week after struggling to run the ball against Syracuse, the Penn State...
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September 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Syracuse vs. Penn State: 5 Things To Watch For

This Saturday, after nearly eight months of aching and starving for some college football, it will finally be here.  August 31st, 2013 at 3:30 PM ET, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the Syracuse Orange will be kicking off against the Penn State Nittany Lions.  The forecast is 80 degrees, partly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain. I can’t wait for some college...
Via Football Nation
August 28, 2013  |  Discuss

The 2013 Story (Like it already happened), Part 1

  The dawn of August means pre-season camps are upon us. It also means that it’s time to rekindle the decade-long tradition of telling you the story of 2013…before 2013 happens. I’ve come a long way since 2004 (when the offense-devoid Lions did not indeed make it to the Rose Bowl that I predicted).  But even when my predictions miss the mark completely, you can trust...
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August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Lowered expectations for Penn State in 2013? Only in win total

Penn State won eight games last year to the surprise of almost everybody. Not me. I had them pegged as an eight win team despite the players lost to NCAA transfers following the sanctions falling on the program. This year marks year two under Bill O’Brien and I am interested to see if the Nittany Lions can find a way to match last year’s win total. There are some things to like...
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August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Penn State Offensive Preview 2013

  Penn State’s 2013 offense is loaded with top tier talent at every position except one, quarterback. The most important position on the field is a glaring question mark for Bill O’Brien going into training camp. Two untested and inexperienced players will have thirty days to compete for the the starting job. The season opens on August 31st against Syracuse in the new...
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July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Cup of Joe: Penn State vs. Pitt and Big Ten hockey announced

We have a little bit of everything here for you this morning. Quick basketball and hockey links and a dash of recruiting and Penn State caravan fill up the Penn State portion of our morning round up. Here is your Cup of Joe... Bill O'Brien took to the national radio airwaves on Wednesday, joining the CBS Sports Radio morning show. [Nittany Lions Den] Penn State will be...
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May 09, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Spring Football Exit Interview: Penn State edition

We continue our look into what took place at all 12 spring football camps across the Big Ten landscape and up next are the Nittany Lions of Penn State.  No doubt this is a team that will be rebuilding after going 8-4 in their first year of their well-documented probation and postseason ban. Lots of questions existed at positions like quarterback, running back, and linebacker...
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April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

PSU optimistic heading into summer

For a team that's being forced to whittle down scholarship depth, Penn State sure is developing a lot of options. A youth movement on display at the Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage over the weekend was the first sign of potential contributors come fall. Redshirt freshman Austin Johnson, vying to replace standout tackle Jordan Hill, had two sacks in the spring game. Another...
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April 22, 2013  |  Discuss

O'Brien, PSU optimistic heading into summer

For a team that's being forced to whittle down scholarship depth, Penn State sure is developing a lot of options. A youth movement on display at the Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage over the weekend was the first sign of potential contributors come fall. Redshirt freshman Austin Johnson, vying to replace standout tackle Jordan Hill, had two sacks in the spring game. Another...
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April 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Blue White Game offered some positive vibes

It was nice to get back to covering some football over the weekend. Waking up early on a Saturday tends to be something I despise, but knowing I am heading to a football stadium makes for a completely different take. On Saturday my travels led me to the familiar confines of Beaver Stadium for Penn State's annual Blue White Game. I entered the stadium not really knowing what to...
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April 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Penn State QB race to continue this summer, as expected

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - Penn State's search for a starting quarterback, as expected, was not concluded during the annual spring game. Instead, Bill O'Brien looks forward to an open competition for the starting quarterback job, which appears to be a knotted up between Steven Bench and Tyler Ferguson and will see stud recruit Christian Hackenberg added to the mix later this summer...
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April 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe - Big Ten going D3?

With the start of spring practice on Monday came the first official Bill O'Brien press conference of the season. The tone seemed to relay one of confidence and there will once again be open competition nearly across the board on offense and defense. You can read O'Brien's full transcript here and catch some of the highlights here. Among the highlights of O'...
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March 19, 2013  |  Discuss

O'Brien's recruiting class has five early signees

Tight end Adam Breneman tops the list of five new recruits who have signed early at Penn State as part of the school's first recruiting class since the program was sanctioned by the NCAA. Breneman has remained vocal about sticking with the Nittany Lions since the NCAA penalties were announced in July for the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. Breneman sat out his senior...
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January 07, 2013  |  Discuss
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