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Athlon Sports 2015 preview and Hackenberg’s cover shot

To avoid a cover jinx in recent years magazine companies have started expanding their regional covers to feature talent a little closer to home whenever possible. Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg appears on the cover of this particular Big Ten preview, which I received in the mail today along with a copy of the national preview from Athlon Sports. “Hackenberg poised...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

New Pitt AD says scheduling PSU is a priority, but it may have to wait

The in-state rivalry between Penn State and Pittsburgh will finally be renewed in 2016. Stop me if you have heard this before, but the new athletics director at Pittsburgh is eyeing a more long-term relationship between the two in-state power conference programs. Scott Barnes is just now getting situated as the new AD at Pittsburgh, and he has his hopes of getting his Panthers on...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Class of 2016: Penn State plugs big hole with punter Blake Gillikin

It is not very often much attention will be given to the recruitment of a punter, but this is no ordinary situation. Blake Gillikin of Georgia announced his intention to join the Penn State Nittany Lions in the Class of 2016, choosing Penn State over Georgia, Northwestern and Vanderbilt. Gillikin will end up filling a significant role in Penn State’s special teams unit when he...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

THON Night at Phillies game scheduled for July 30

James Franklin has already thrown out the first pitch at a New York Yankees game this season, thanks to Penn State’s victory in the Pinstripe Bowl last season. Now he is heading to Citizens Bank Park, where he will be planning to dominate the mound, and perhaps show the Phillies bullpen a thing or two in the process. Franklin will be at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on July...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

On Joe Paterno and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame

If you are going to have a Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and Joe Paterno is not in it, then there is no reason to have a Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. It’s as simple as that. On Tuesday it was announced former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno will be among the inductees in this year’s Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame class. The late Paterno will be joined by a pair of...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

James Franklin, Primanti Bros. and mocking the heck out of Pitt

It was not so long ago we witnessed the offensive line coaches at Penn State and Pittsburgh get into a bit of a heated exchange through a series of subtweets. It was gold for fans following along on Twitter, but it did get to a point where James Franklin had to pull Herb Hand back from the edge before something bad happened. But the tweet game is strong within the Penn State coaching...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

The Opening: Class of 2016 QB Jake Zembiec just makes Elite 11 cut

For the second time in three years, Penn State will have a quarterback recruit attending The Opening at the Nike headquarters. Jake Zembiec was the 18th and final quarterback to receive an invitation to compete in the Elite 11 quarterback camp next month. The 18th & final invite to The #Elite11 Finals…Aquinas Institute (NY) QB Jake Zembiec (@jakezembiec). #WeAre pic.twitter...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Penn State is super sizing offensive line depth through recruiting

Penn State pulled in another quality verbal commitment for the Class of 2016 with the addition of New Jersey offensive lineman Will Fries, the 10th commitment for 2016. In doing so, Penn State’s offensive line depth continues to be padded. The biggest concern from James Franklin’s first season in Happy Valley is being addressed in full force through recruiting. Offensive line...
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Penn State Gets Crack At National Champions For 2015’s Most Expensive Tickets

The Penn State Nittany Lions went into James Franklin’s first season as head coach not expecting to play in a bowl game due to imposed sanctions from a scandal a few years prior. When the sanctions were removed on September 8, Penn State had more to play for and showed they were bowl-worthy by going 7-6 overall and defeating Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl. In his junior year...
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Big Ten media rights deals expire soon, which means B1G paydays coming

The money continues to roll in for the Big Ten, and there should be plenty more coming in the next couple of years. The Big Ten’s media contracts with ESPN, CBS and FOX Sports all expire at the end of the 2016-2017 seasons, at which time the Big Ten will finalize new media rights packages. Given the upward trend in media rights deals, the Big Ten is looking to be in a favorable...
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June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Millen coming to Big Ten Network

Love him or hate him, you are going to get more of him in 2015, Penn State fans. Matt Millen, a former Nittany Lion, is now a former employee of ESPN. Millen is reportedly leaving ESPN to join FOX Sports, which will come complete with a significant role at Big Ten Network. Per John Ourand of Sports Business Daily, Millen will be the lead football analyst for the Big Ten Network alongside...
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May 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Anthony Adams wants to be like Anthony Zettel

You can appreciate a form tackle a lot more when you see it in slow motion….. w/ @anthonyzettel #WeAre #98Represent #ProbablyMyLastTimeTryingThat *tries to get up #YeahLastTimeTryingThat A video posted by Anthony Adams (@spiceadams) on May 19, 2015 at 9:38am PDT Helmet sticker to Black Shoe Diaries.
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May 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Hackenberg’s NFL hype already in full swing

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg has had NFL people talking about his potential since the moment he started his first game as a freshman under Bill O’Brien. Hackenberg’s skill set is widely believed to be one that will transition to the NFL in smooth fashion, and having a coach of O’Brien’s pedigree get him started surely helped. Entering his third season as Penn...
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May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Draft: TE JEsse James selected by Pittsburgh Steelers

With the 160th overall selection in the 2015 #NFLDraft we have selected Jesse James, TE, Penn State. #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/zXQjXp0Bwj — Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 2, 2015
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May 02, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Draft: Penn State safety Adrian Amos picked by Chicago Bears

#Bears select Penn St. S Adrian Amos in the 5th round (142nd overall) of #NFLDraft. #BearsDraft pic.twitter.com/QTzzS5dvwf — Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 2, 2015
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May 02, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Donovan Smith drafted by Tampa Bay

Penn State offensive lineman Donovan Smith was the second pick of the second night of the draft. He will be one of the key pieces of an offensive line that will now be tasked with protecting the draft’s first overall player, quarterback Jameis Winston. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted their franchise quarterback with the first overall pick on Day 1 of the 2015 NFL Draft. Heisman...
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May 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State’s first-round NFL Draft drought extends

The first round of the NFL Draft unfolded in Chicago Thursday night and no player from Penn State was drafted by an NFL franchise. There had been some talk suggesting Donovan Smith might go in the first round, but as the night came to a close it was clear Smith and any other Penn State player would have to wait at least one more night. It has now been five straight NFL Drafts without...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Link: Quick PSU spring Q&A with The Saturday Edge

Now that Penn State’s spring is in the books, I was asked to answer a couple quick questions about Penn State’s spring and the 2015 season for The Saturday Edge. Is Penn State better, worse or the same as they were last year? I think there are some reasons for optimism, but there is a very clear ceiling this fall. Check it out.
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State and Georgia schedule agreement would be sweet as sugar

Scheduling rumors are always fun to discuss, even if we must do so with an expectation nothing will truly come of it. One thing most Penn State fans can say about the non-conference scheduling since joining the Big Ten in 1993 is the line-up has tended to be more disappointing than exhilarating, with a few notable exceptions from time to time. Opening the season against USC in the...
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April 29, 2015  |  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...
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April 25, 2015  |  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...
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April 21, 2015  |  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...
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Steve Spurrier says Joe Paterno got a terrible deal at Penn State

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier turned 70 yesterday,, and the Head Ball Coach has not lost one step along the way. Spurrier is still working out like a machine, spouting off one-liners about his rivals out of the blue and he recently got started on Twitter. The guy is as in touch with the college football world as any. He also still has the back of former Penn State head...
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April 21, 2015  |  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...
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April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

If Big Ten wants to leave Indiana, it has plenty of options

With the state of Indiana taking questionable steps toward discrimination, the Big Ten should think long and hard about the realistic possibility of leaving the state. The state of Indiana recently passed Indiana Senate Bill 101, otherwise known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The act is designed to mandate that religious liberty of individuals and corporations can only...
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April 01, 2015  |  Discuss
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