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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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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 Big Ten’s new theme song

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Big Ten Media Day: PSU’s Hackenberg named a Player to Watch

Just before the fun gets started in Chicago with the Big Ten’s media day event, the conference announced the Big Ten Players to Watch in 2014. Penn State Christian Hackenberg is one of the five highlighted players from the Big Ten’s East Division. Other players from the East include Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, the conference’s two-time Offensive Player of the Year...
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McMurphy: Penn State to name Sandy Barbour new AD

Former Cal AD Sandy Barbour will be Penn State’s new AD, sources told @ESPN — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 26, 2014
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Penn State press conference scheduled for Saturday; new AD?

#PennState will hold press conference Saturday afternoon to “make an announcement on a personnel decision within Intercollegiate Athletics." — Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) July 25, 2014
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Penn State picked fourth in B1G East by media

There is no official Big Ten preseason media poll anymore, but the idea lives on thanks to the staff at Cleveland.com. With Big Ten media day just around the corner next week, the unofficial media poll was released today. Ohio State is the favorite to win the Big Ten East Division as well as the Big Ten Conference Championship Game. Penn State is predicted to finish fourth in the...
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Will Hackenberg lead the Big Ten in TD passes in 2014?

The Big Ten has a handful of good quarterbacks taking the field this fall, including Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg. I personally still say Braxton Miller of Ohio State is the best all-around quarterback in the conference this season, but who will lead the Big Ten in passing touchdowns this season? That was a question the Big Ten Network debated. The four names that came up...
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Nittany Lions Den is on Fancred, a social network for sports fans

Today I am very proud to say Nittany Lions Den is on Fancred! This makes Nittany Lions Den the first Penn State blog to appear on the sports social network, as far as I know. What is Fancred? I am glad you asked. In brief, it is a social network specifically for sports fans. Imagine a Twitter or Facebook timeline filled entirely with sports commentary, GIFs and links without political...
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Penn State has 10-win potential in 2014

Penn State has the potential to win 10 games in the 2014 season, but many uncertainties will have to go their way. This week I was asked to provide my game-by-game predictions for Penn State in a round-up put together by Athlon Sports. I happily obliged, went down the schedule and gave my gut-instinct prediction for each. I admit I sometimes allow a bit of homerism when making some...
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Recruiting analyst: Penn State the most surprising in recruiting

10 most surprising recruiting teams so far 1. #PSU 2. #Gamecocks 3. #MissState 4. #Duke 5. #BC 6. #UNC 7. #TCU 8. #UMD 9. #Wisc 10. #WVU — Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) July 16, 2014
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Report: Rob Bolden’s search for stability leads to Eastern Michigan

The college career of Rob Bolden has not exactly gone to plan, but he will have a chance to wrap things up as a starting quarterback after a long and winding road leading from State College to Baton Rouge and now back to his home-state of Michigan. Bolden has reportedly transferred to Eastern Michigan, giving him a chance to win a starting job at quarterback. BREAKING NEWS FROM SPARTAN...
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The Opening: Penn State commit shows off fantastic haircut

Class of 2015 defensive lineman Adam McLean is in Oregon this week for The Opening. The four-star recruit, according to the 247 Sports composite ranking, left no mistake just where he is heading for college next year. Check out this awesome haircut. #WeAre DL commit Adam McLean (@MoneyMakeinAdam) is out w/ a hammy. But the fresh cut is still turning heads. https://t.co/gSg7AJ6I5h...
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State College Spikes to hand out James Franklin bobbleheads

Here's the unveiling of the @coachjfranklin Bobblehead for the #SCSpikes Thursday, 8/28 home game. First 1,000 fans! pic.twitter.com/W743V64E96 — State College Spikes (@SCSpikes) July 8, 2014
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Quote: Wimbush not wavering from Penn State commitment

“[Penn State] doesn’t have to work at all [to keep me committed]. I gave them my commitment and it is what it is.” - Brandon Wimbush, Class of 2015 quarterback committed to Penn State, to Audrey Snyder for PennLive.com, July 7, 2014
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Athlon Sports: Beaver Stadium one of the best

Penn State’s Beaver Stadium may not get much love from the Ted Mosby’s of the world, but the total package that comes with the old erector set stadium has its charm that is respected across the country. Beaver Stadium was ranked among the top ten college football stadiums in the country by a recent panel effort organized by Athlon Sports. Beaver Stadium rounded out the top ten...
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Elite 11: PSU commit Wimbush shows off skills

The future of Penn State’s quarterback position looks to be pretty solid. Not only does Christian Hackenberg, 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, have three years of eligibility remaining, but Class of 2015 commit Brandon Wimbush continues to raise the bar for his own hype. Wimbush is in Beaverton, Oregon at the Nike headquarters for the prestigious Elite 11 camp and he has been...
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NFL.com writer ranks Penn State uniform No. 1in 2014

The offseason is starting to shift into full preview mode for college football fans, which is fantastic. Hopefully, this means no more rankings of scoreboards and more discussion on wins and losses, key players and so on. This morning this tweet from Philadelphia sports radio station 94 WIP caught my eye while I was writing something up about Louisville’s black out uniforms; Penn...
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Super Bowl champ Jordan Hill addresses PSU freshmen

Six years after @J_HILL_47's first day of class, the Super Bowl champ returned to campus to chat with our freshmen. pic.twitter.com/gBdi2AKMiu — Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) July 2, 2014
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A B1G welcome to Maryland and Rutgers

Today is conference realignment day, which means the Big Ten’s additions of Maryland and Rutgers is now official. The Big Ten is now a 14-school conference and the divisions have been reorganized. For Penn State, Maryland and Rutgers should make for plenty of regional battles for years to come and it should be a lot of fun getting reacquainted with some past regional rivals. It...
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Shane Conlan is the gold standard for Linebacker U

On Thursday afternoon the latest class to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame was announced. Among the 16 names to be honored is one of the pillars of Linebacker U, Penn State linebacker Shane Conlan. Conlan will be the 18th Penn State player to be inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame. Conlan will be the third Penn State linebacker enshrined in the hall, along...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Penn State, 1994 National Champions… ?

Penn State’s ring of honor already pays tribute to the undefeated 1994 season, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this fall. That season the Nittany Lions finished second in the major polls behind Nebraska, but the New York Times crowned Penn State as the national champion. The only problem is the New York Times national champion will never receive the same praise as Nebraska...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

A look at Penn State’s APR history and how the Big Ten stacks up

The NCAA released the latest APR scores for division one programs yesterday. Penn State’s football program posted a score of 954, the lowest by the football program since the NCAA started tracking the scores. Does this mean Penn State is doomed with the “Success With Honor” philosophy or is this merely a result of the NCAA sanctions? Let’s take a look and see what’s going...
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May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Penn State has three picked up in undrafted free agency

Three Penn State players were drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, but the NFL dreams of a handful of Nittany Lions continues with the frenzy of undrafted free agency! It looks as though a few Penn State players are getting some phone calls and invites around the NFL. One of the most trusted sources for undrafted free agent news I have come across the past couple of years is NEPatriotsDraft...
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May 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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