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Penn State shut out of latest award watch lists

No Penn State players named to Bronko Nagurski Award, three other recent watch lists After getting the award watch list fun started with a handful of players appearing on various award watch lists for the 2016 season, the most recent 48 hour swing has come up empty of Penn State players to watch. The most notable award watch list release comes from the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Mackey Award Watch List names Penn State TE Mike Gesicki

Mike Gesicki hopes to become Penn State’s first Mackey Award winner A day after Saquon Barkley, Chris Godwin and Jason Cabinda landed on watch lists released by the Maxwell Football Club, Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki joined in the summer watch list fun by being named to the Mackey Award watch list. Gesicki is one of 13 juniors to be named to the watch list a year after recording...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Kirk Herbstreit still thinks Penn State’s student section is the best

Have always felt Penn State has the best student section. With Wisconsin a close 2nd. https://t.co/ZNKrxHeeuB — Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) July 5, 2016
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

200+ Penn State lettermen sign letter demanding return of Joe Paterno statue

More than 200 Penn State Lettermen have signed a letter calling for the return of the Joe Paterno statue Let’s talk about the Joe Paterno statue, shall we? The emotions attached to the Joe Paterno statue continue to stir this summer. A total of 200 former Penn State players signed a letter calling for the statue to be returned to a visible place on the campus along with a formal...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Maxwell Football Club names Barkley, Godwin and Cabinda to award watch lists

A pair of Penn State’s top offensive players were named to the Maxwell Award watch list, while one Nittany Lion appeared on Bednarik Award watch list College football’s watch list season has technically already been underway, but is hitting midseason form starting today. The Maxwell Football Club kicked off a multi-week extravaganza of watch list announcements by releasing the...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

If Penn State beats Pitt and Temple, should Nittany Lions celebrate a state championship?

Let’s not put the cart in front of the horse, but instead ask a very hypothetical question. If Penn State beats both Pittsburgh and Temple this fall, would you be OK with the Nittany Lions players receiving state championship rings at the end of the year, regardless of what else happens during the regular season? The reason for this question stems from this week’s buzz surrounding...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Deal: Save $25 on ALL Ticket Network Orders

The 4th of July weekend is coming quickly upon us and our friends at Ticket Network are running a special promotion to celebrate our Independence Day! Use promo code USA25OFF to take $25 on all orders over $150.00*. If you can’t save the world from an alien extinction this 4th of July, at least you can save some serious cash on your tickets!   This discount cannot be combined...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Athlon Sports: Ranking Penn State’s 2016 toughest games

Who will be Penn State’s most difficult opponent this season? Ohio State or Michigan State, right? I had a different take on that question when compiling a ranking of Penn State’s toughest games this upcoming season for Athlon Sports. Yes, the Buckeyes and Spartans will be significant obstacles, but there is another game on the schedule I think sets up to be a tougher game, all...
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June 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Big Ten to make $2.64 billion in media rights

ESPN set to renew media deal with Big Ten The rumors of ESPN and the Big Ten parting ways were, apparently, greatly exaggerated. John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports today ESPN will pick up the second half of the Big Ten’s media rights package and will pay the conference $190 million per year for six years. Between the split media rights packages with ESPN and FOX and...
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June 20, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN picks Penn State 3rd in B1G East as anonymous coaches share views on Lions

With college football preview magazine season officially underway, ESPN provided a look at how some anonymous coaches in the Big Ten view the rest of the conference in an ESPN Insider article. You will need an ESPN Insider account to view the whole story, but I took the liberty of copying and pasting the information you most want to see; how coaches view your Nittany Lions. To put...
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June 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Kerry Collins makes debut on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

Former Penn State quarterback Kerry Collins joins D.J. Dozier and Steve Wisniewski on College Football Hall of Fame ballot The College Football Hall of Fame has 21 members of the Penn State football program enshrined in its hallowed walls in Atlanta. Among them are Jack Ham, John Cappelletti, Lydell Mitchell, Mike Reid, and Curt Warner, not to mention Joe Paterno. Shane Conlan is...
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June 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Penn State’s running duo has game-changer potential in 2016

Mike Poorman of StateCollege.com wrote an interesting article on the history of two-back (and three-back) rotations at Penn State a few weeks back. The focus of his feature was the Saquon Barkley-Miles Sanders duo. Barkley, although just a true freshman in 2015 and behind upperclassmen on the early depth charts, emerged as a quasi-game-changer for a lethargic Penn State offense....
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May 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Understanding what a game-changer is in college football

Football has frequently been called a game of inches. Some players have the kind of skills that get you those extra inches over and over again. These game-changers are all eventually funneled into the NFL, where only 1,500 of them get to compete in a typical season. But during their NCAA careers, when competing with 10,000 other athletes, one or two special players can completely...
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May 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Class of 2017 QB Sean Clifford invited to Elite 11

Penn State commit earns MVP honors at The Opening Regional in Columbus Penn State will once again be represented at the Elite 11 finals. Class of 2017 commitment Sean Clifford has been invited to participate in the Elite 11 at The Opening in Oregon this summer. Sean Clifford, see you in LA. #invited #Elite11Finals #whosnext @seancliff13 pic.twitter.com/DjPISW7TfP — Elite11 (...
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May 08, 2016  |  Discuss

I guess we have to have to talk about Joe Paterno again

Alright, let’s discuss this latest Joe Paterno news With Jerry Sandusky getting his appeal process granted, we are bound to revisit and learn all sorts of information related to the Sandusky scandal. This will inevitably bring a lot of stuff back to the surface, including what former head coach Joe Paterno did or did not know as it relates to Sandusky’s vile actions against...
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May 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Dan Marino: Why wouldn’t Penn State want to play Pitt every year?

Former Pitt Panther Dan Marino is making the rounds in western Pennsylvania, and he had something to say about the revival of the Penn State-Pitt series It took a long time for in-state foes Penn State and Pittsburgh to come to terms on a new series on the football field. After years of avoiding each other for whatever reasons you choose to hang your hat on, Penn State and Pittsburgh...
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May 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Penn State is going satellite camping in Atlanta, Detroit, Tampa and Washington D.C.

Penn State will attend satellite camps in some key recruiting areas this summer Last week the NCAA decided to show some common sense and reverse a decision previously made by the Division 1 council that banned satellite camps effective immediately. With schools once again free to participate in satellite camps, Penn State once again got in on the fun as they have done each of the...
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May 03, 2016  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Draft: Who from Penn State will be drafted?

The 2016 NFL Draft is still seeing the ink dry, but we are already looking forward to the 2017 NFL Draft. All eyes are now moving forward to the upcoming college football season. For some, the work on compiling the big boards for the 2017 NFL Draft is already underway. Will any Penn State players be drafted in 2017? Yes, absolutely. It is very likely at least one Penn State player...
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May 02, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN putting Penn State vs. Ohio State in prime-time for fifth straight year

Once again, Penn State vs. Ohio State will be played in prime-time; Could GameDay be coming? It has become almost routine at this point, but Penn State and Ohio State will be slated for a primetime kickoff this October 22. The game was among those selected by ESPN to be aired in prime-time on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. ESPN made their picks official this morning with a press release...
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May 02, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 NFL Draft: Most Penn State players drafted since 2010

Austin Johnson was first on the board, but Christian Hackenberg and Carl Nassib each joined him on day two of the NFL Draft. Anthony Zettel and Jordan Lucas each went in the later rounds on Saturday. The first round of the NFL Draft came up dry on Penn State players for a sixth consecutive season, but the second day of the draft saw some notable Nittany Lions get picked up. Defensive...
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May 02, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 NFL Draft: Penn State still looking to get on the board on Day 2

No Penn State football players were selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, but Day 2 should be more promising. For the sixth straight year, the first round of the NFL Draft failed to see any player from Penn State hear his name called by the commissioner. Penn State’s last first-round draft pick was Jared Odrick in 2010. The ongoing first-round drought is now the...
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April 29, 2016  |  Discuss

In defense of the Cincinnati Bengals drafting Ki-Jana Carter

Whenever the NFL Draft rolls around, there are a number of routine conversations that are held. What school is Linebacker U is one of them. Another revolves around the biggest draft busts of all time, which always is highlighted by former Penn State running back Ki-Jana Carter. Did the Cincinnati Bengals make a mistake in drafting the Penn State running back with the top pick of...
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April 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Penn State dismisses TE Brent Wilkerson

Penn State has dismissed tight end Brent Wilkerson for a violation of team rules. Jeff Rice of Lions 247 was the first to report the news of the dismissal. “Brent Wilkerson is no longer a member of the Penn State football team due to a violation of team rules,” a statement from Penn State said Tuesday. “We appreciate Brent’s contributions to the program and wish him success...
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April 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Florida Panthers making mistake with new logo, as Penn State can say from experience

The Florida Panthers are about to update their logo, which has mostly been unchanged since the franchise was founded in 1993. I loved the old logo, but the Panthers appear to be heading in a new direction after a successful regular season. The new logo being leaked has stirred up some painful memories for Penn State fans. For those who have not seen it yet, here is the image that...
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April 27, 2016  |  Discuss

CBS Sports: Penn State is not Linebacker U candidate because Posluszny, Lee and Bowman were injured too often

Penn State fails to crack top five for Linebacker U candidates from CBS Sports Every year when the NFL Draft rolls around, outlets start creating annual debates over which school owns each position. This type of stuff has been going on for years because it is easy content to generate page views, and I’m not slamming them for doing so, this is the name of the game when it comes...
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April 27, 2016  |  Discuss
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