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Around the Big Ten: Badgers let one slip away

The first weekend of college football is in the books for the Big Ten, and for the most part it was a good start for the conference. Here is the rundown of what took place around the Big Ten on college football’s opening weekend. No. 14 Wisconsin 24, No. 13 LSU 28 (Houston) For a while it looked as though Wisconsin was going to score a huge win for the Big Ten, but eventually LSU...
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Penn State, UCF, and a brief history of football in Ireland

Dublin will again host an American football game between Penn State and UCF this weekend at Croke Park. This game comes following the much needed financial success of 2012’s game at Aviva Stadium between Navy and Notre Dame. The city has been the sight of several failed attempts to bring the sport to Ireland in the 1980’s and 90’s before the 2012 game. Croke Park has long been...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Nittany Minute: Time to see what James Franklin can do

Today marks the official relaunch of The Nittany Minute, a video blog series focusing on Penn State football. Rather than put together a brand new video every day of the week, I have decided to give this a shot on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the football season. I will get on that schedule after the Labor Day weekend, so consider this a sneak peak of things to come. The...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Big Ten OT Power Rankings: Where does Penn State rank?

On the heels of Big Ten Network analyst Tom Dienhart releasing his Big Ten power ranking for the 2014 season, The Big Ten OT  has released the first batch of power rankings for this year’s conference. The Big Ten OT is an independent site covering the Big Ten, with Andy Coppens of Madtown Badgers launching it this summer. Having worked with Andy before, he asked for me to be a...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Penn State vs. UCF: James Franklin looking to snap personal season-opening losing skid

Penn State football will usher in a brand new era with the debut of James Franklin as head coach taking place a hop, skip and a jump away over the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday. The Nittany Lions open the 2014 season in Ireland against UCF, and fans are hopeful Franklin’s coaching debut for Penn State will got a little more smoothly than it did for his predecessor in State College...
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August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

BTN Power Rankings unkind to Penn State

Penn State opens the 2014 season Saturday morning (unless you are fortunate enough to be in Ireland, that is), and it looks as though the Nittany Lions will have something to prove around the Big Ten this fall. This comes as little surprise given the legitimate concerns facing Penn State this season when it comes to depth. If you had to rank Penn State in the Big Ten, without bias...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Penn State TE Adam Breneman sidelined

Per Penn State release… “Penn State football coach James Franklin announced today that tight end Adam Breneman (Mechanicsburg) will be out indefinitely with an injury. Coach Franklin asked that the public support and respect Adam and his family’s privacy.” That’s a major bummer, dude.
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Is this Michigan’s uniform for the Penn State game?

RT @RichDonahue New Michigan alternate jersey? pic.twitter.com/m032nttlPx — Phil Hecken (@PhilHecken) August 8, 2014   Michigan will host Penn State for a night game at Michigan Stadium this season. The Wolverines tend to make a big deal out of this new night game fad they are experiencing, and an alternate uniform worn for the game has been done before. Could it be done again...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Going Viral: PSU kid’s Hackenberg TD dance

At one point in our lives we all probably imagined throwing or catching a game-winning touchdown for our favorite team. Some of you may have been older than you’d like to admit, but the youth of a fan base always seems to let the imagination run wild. Take this kid for instance, who imagined he was Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg tossing a big touchdown to tight end...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: James Franklin talks with Jim Gardner

Jim Gardner is a veteran news anchor in Philadelphia at ABC affiliate WPVI. Gardner is well-respected in this area and he has had the opportunity to conduct one-on-one interviews with presidents and international dignitaries over his career. This week he added Penn State head coach James Franklin to that impressive list. Gardner asks Franklin about taking on the role of face of the...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Christian Heismanburg?

The Heisman Trophy has seen a recent trend of underclassmen quarterbacks taking home college football’s most notable individual award. Could Penn State sophomore Christian Hackenberg follow up his impressive freshman debut in the Big Ten with a ride to New York? College Football Talk included Hackenberg in a list of potential Heisman Trophy candidates for the 2014 season. Here...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

So, about those Iowa Hawkeyes…

As we get closer to the start of the season you may be taking a closer look around the Big Ten to see how this conference is going to shape out. Ohio State is my team to beat in 2014, and Michigan State is right there in the hunt as defending champion. We know Penn State is ineligible, but I think a 10-win season is a high ceiling that is not exactly at Sistine Chapel height. I cannot...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Four Big Ten teams in preseason coaches poll

The first of the not useless preseason polls was released today, with the unveiling of the coaches poll. Penn State is not eligible to receive votes in the coaches poll until completing its NCAA sentence (currently set at end of the 2015 season, making Penn State eligible for coaches poll voting in 2016). With the new College Football Playoff, the coaches poll is now just another...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Dan Connor helping to make West Chester D2′s Linebacker U

One of Penn State’s al-time best defensive players is beginning his coaching career. Former Penn State linebacker Dan Connor has been added to the caching staff at West Chester University, one of the top Division 2 programs in the northeast. Connor will be the linebackers coach for the Golden Rams, a perennial contender in the PSAC. I first saw the report from 247 Sports, but...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Penn State receives 2016 verbal from five-star DE Shane Simmons

Penn State head coach James Franklin is working his way through the ESPN car wash up in Bristol, Connecticut today. Somewhere along the way he probably received a phone call that will have him beaming. Class of 2016 five-star defensive end Shane Simmons verbally committed to Penn State this afternoon, choosing the Nittany Lions over Florida State, Alabama and Big Ten (division...
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July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

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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July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

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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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

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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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

The Big Ten’s new theme song

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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

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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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

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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July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

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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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

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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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

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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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

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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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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