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Morning Cup of Joe: One month closer to Penn State vs. Temple

33 days and counting… We flipped the page on our wall calendars this weekend, that is if any of you still use a wall calendar. We have now moved from July to August to bring us one month closer to the start of Penn State’s football season. Your Nittany Lions will open the new season in Lincoln Financial Field against the Temple Owls, so you might want to pay mild attention to...
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Nittany Lion Sports Radio app is on Apple’s iTunes Store

Download the Nittany Lion Sports Radio in iTunes If you have an Apple device then you can now download the brand new Nittany Lion Sports Radio app from VSporto. Downloading the app allows you to listen to the Nittany Lions Den Podcast and all of the other great shows on the network focusing squarely on the Nittany Lions any time. On demand Penn State audio commentary at your fingertips...
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Top 10 Power-5 Opponents for future Penn State schedules

The Big Ten has a new scheduling commitment among athletic directors that will call for no more games against FCS opponents as well as the addition of one opponent from a power conference every season, starting in 2016. Penn State currently meets that commitment with power conference opponents from 2016-2019 with Pittsburgh, 2020 and 2025 with Virginia Tech and 2023 and 2024 with...
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How will Penn State fulfill new Big Ten scheduling commitment?

Big Ten’s new scheduling commitment is good for fans, even better for TV. How will Penn State fulfill its new scheduling obligations? Anyone who has followed Penn State football for as long as I have been paying attention has likely discussed Penn State’s relatively weak approach to non-conference scheduling at one point or another. In 2006 Penn State added Youngstown State...
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James Franklin on Philly SportsTalk

Before making the flight to Chicago to be there for Big Ten media days on Friday, Penn State head coach James Franklin attended the Philadelphia Phillies game against the Atlanta Braves Thursday night. Franklin tossed out the ceremonial first pitch (from the top of the mound) for THON night at the Phillies. While in town, Franklin checked in with Philly SportsTalk on CSN Philly and...
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Morning Cup of Joe – Big Ten media day is here

Things get started today in Chicago The annual gathering of Big Ten coaches, players and media in Chicago opens today. The two-day event gets underway with Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Maryland, Iowa, Indiana and Illinois sending their coaches and players through the media circuits. That means we’ll hear from Urban Meyer, Mark Dantonio, Randy Edsall and Tim Beckman...
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Sports on Earth: Zettel, Hackenberg among top 100 players

Penn State has two of the top 100 players in the nation according to a top 100 list compiled by Matt Brown of Sports on Earth. Anthony Zettel comes in at No. 18, the fourth highest-ranked defensive lineman on the list, and second-highest ranked defensive tackle behind Robert Nkemdiche of Ole Miss (Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa is ranked No. 1 overall). The only other Penn State...
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Morning Cup of Joe – Penn State caught in middle of Backyard (Twitter) Brawl

Penn State has upcoming series with both Pittsburgh and West Virginia, caught in the middle of the feud Earlier this offseason we saw new Pittsburgh head coach (and former Michigan State defensive coordinator) Pat Narduzzi openly suggest he would love to rekindle an annual rivalry game with Penn State. We will get a brief four-year resurrection of the in-state series starting next...
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Nittany Lions Den Podcast: Episode 1.02 – Previewing the Ohio State Buckeyes

Getting a look at Ohio State with Joe Dexter Ohio State is coming off not only a Big Ten championship in 2015, but a national championship as well. Outside of Virginia Tech, Penn State may have given Alabama the toughest battle for 60 minutes (and then some) last season, which should be seen as a positive for the program moving forward. And as the media has voiced already, the Buckeyes...
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Morning Cup of Joe – Big Ten media poll results, the Big 16 and more

We could have had Oklahoma and Texas A&M, but got Rutgers and Maryland? Oof!…? Penn State was picked to finish third in the Big Ten this upcoming season by a selected panel of voters from throughout the Big Ten, as conducted by Cleveland.com. Ohio State was the runaway favorite, as expected. A third place finish feels appropriate and respectable for Penn State this season...
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Big Ten media unimously picks Ohio State to win B1G, Penn State 3rd in East

It’s that time of the year again. Big Ten media days kick off later this week, which means Cleveland.com organized an official unofficial Big Ten media poll to predict how things will end up this fall around the conference. To the surprise of nobody, Ohio State is a heavy favorite. A unanimous favorite, in fact. Penn State seems to be well respected around the conference’s media...
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Morning Cup of Joe – Yep, Penn State football lives on

Hey, what do you know. Penn State football still exists! Well, here we are. Penn State football is still here and getting ready for the 2015 season. They may even be good. Maybe even sleeper good. But let’s not get too carried away just yet. It is amazing though to think about just how far this program has come in the past three years. We are now three years removed from the NCAA...
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With NCAA sanction era in rear view, Penn State still ticking

Three summers ago Penn State’s football program was thought to be wiped as much from existence as a program can get this side of the SMU death penalty. The NCAA dropped a three-ton anvil on the program following the release of the Freeh Report related to the university’s handling of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and his sickening crimes against children both on and off...
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Penn State Travels To Ohio State For Most Expensive Game in 2015

In a whirlwind of a season, which began with a new head coach and sanctions that were supposed to keep the Penn State Nittany Lions out of bowl participation, things surely went better than expected. James Franklin’s first season resulted in a 7-6 record and a Pinstripe Bowl victory over Boston College, something that was impossible as the team practiced throughout the summer in...
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Morning Cup of Joe: Penn State’s big recruiting week

I made a cup of coffee this morning without placing a mug under the machine. Hope your week is off to a better start than mine. Penn State’s last big push on the summer camp schedule ended nicely for James Franklin and company. Penn State added a pair of players to the Class of 2016 haul, which came days after landing the commitment of a talented quarterback. The day got off to...
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Penn State taking names off back of jerseys

A return to tradition Penn State will be wearing a bit more of a traditional and familiar look this season. The names of players are being taken off Penn State’s jerseys starting this season. The school announced the uniform change this morning. Black Shoes. Basic Blues. No Names. All Game. Head coach James Franklin met with several members of the Penn State Lettermen and current...
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Nittany Lions Den Podcast: Episode 1.01 – Big Ten Media Day Preview with Andy Coppens

Getting prepared for Big Ten media day with Andy Coppens With the media day circuit officially underway with the SEC in Alabama, we can begin to turn our eyes forward to Chicago. Chicago will once again serve as the host city for the Big Ten’s annual football media day, although with a few tweaks to the event this year. Penn State’s James Franklin will always be one worth following...
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Morning Cup of Joe: So Jay Paterno wanted to coach at Ohio State (or WVU or Georgia)

Somebody check to see if the son of Woody Hayes ever wanted to coach at Penn State I did not get much of a chance to update the site yesterday since I was on the College Football Talk desk for the majority of the day, and SEC Media Days tend to make for a busy shift. But I did not let the news of Jay Paterno attempting to land a job at Ohio State pass me by. Paterno, former Penn...
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Now accepting questions for NLD Podcast!

This week’s edition of the Nittany Lions Den Podcast will have a brief Q&A segment, in which questions from the readers and community will be answered. Have a question about Penn State? The Big Ten? Anything else in college football? Will Batman v Superman be better than Captain America: Civil War? I’ll cram in as many questions as I can, so feel free to ask away using a...
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LOOK: Joe Paterno beer can revealed

#JoePaBeer pic.twitter.com/u1lyEnvoAZ — GhostOfJVP (@GhostOfJVP) July 11, 2015
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Morning Cup of Joe: Penn State players raise $119,303 for cancer research

53 days until Penn State at Temple Penn State players got together for another year of the Lift For Life event. The offense nudged by the defense thanks in part to a key tug-of-war victory. Penn State says 2,500 fans came out to watch the event. The goal was to raise $100,000. They got there, with Greg Pickel reporting via PennLive the total raised was $119,303 for cancer research...
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Top Hits: Your favorite content through July 11

Here are the top five links on Nittany Lions Den this month according to Google Analytics (through July 11). 1. The Next Phase Video – If you missed it, check out this video put out by Penn State football. If you didn’t miss it, watch it again. 2. Quick Temple preview – If you think the Owls are an easy win, you may want to read this. 3. Nittany Lions Den Podcast Debut –...
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Do you want to see Penn State play on a neutral field?

Penn State has a history of neutral site games, and big money can be made by playing them today. Should Penn State dabble in the neutral field craze? In 1978, Penn State played in the very first Kickoff Classic in the old Giants Stadium. It was a crushing defeat at the hands of Nebraska, with Turner Gill and the Huskers ambushing the defending national champion and top-ranked Nittany...
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Athlon Sports: Franklin heading Penn State in right direction

This is a big week it seems. Not only did the first episode of the Nittany Lions Den Podcast go live, but so too did my first contribution to Athlon Sports. I will be contributing to Athlon Sports this season, and it looks like most of my content will be focused on Penn State and the Big Ten. Whenever I write something up about Penn State, I will be sure to share a link here so you...
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Class of 2016: Penn State secures nation’s top kicker via music video

Penn State secures commitment from kicker Quinn Nordin. He released a music video for the announcement. This is a thing that actually happened. This is the age in which we live. It is part fascinating, and part self-serving. But hey, Penn State got the nation’s top kicker so how many fans are really going to complain? Nordin is the nation’s top-ranked kicker in the Class of...
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