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Cup of Joe - Penn State recruits arrive for The Opening

The next big recruit showcase event is underway in Oregon. The Opening, organized and hosted by Nike, has 150 of the nation's top high school talent for the weekend. Among those attending include Pen State commits quarterback Christian Hackenberg and cornerback Ross Douglas. Douglas, an Ohio native, was happy to see the new Cleveland Browns gloves designed by Nike. Hackenberg...
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July 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Cup of Joe - Embrace the Toxicity at Penn State

Happy Independence Day! While we do not have a full Cup of Joe for you this morning, we wanted to make sure to have something for you to get you thinking Penn State football. The above video is a mash-up of existing Penn State hype videos as well as video offerings from Penn State Athletics, with some choice quotes mixed in to set the mood. Feel free to share your reactions in the...
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July 04, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 Big Ten Preview: Who challenges Wisconsin, Michigan?

"WE DO! WE DO!" (Maybe) This is the time of year when college football sites start interacting more and more with each other in hopes of gaining a broader perspective in to the upcoming college football season. The folks over at The Saturday Edge are polling members of the Big Ten blogosphere this week to get an idea of what we think will happen this season. Be sure...
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July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Cup of Joe - Paterno was flawed, but facts remain somewhat lacking in damnation

Over the weekend it became more clear that the powers that be within Penn State's administration had collaborated in a futile attempt to coverup grotesque actions by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. CNN revealed a portion of emails between Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz that confirmed the ugly reality that many had suspected to be the case since as far...
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July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

The Games of Our Lives: 2011 Ohio State vs. Penn State

It had to happen. Everyone knew it. One day, someday, Joe Paterno would be finished at Penn State. Problem was, even though everyone KNEW it would happen, it was hard to believe it. The man had simply lasted year after year (since 1950 as an assistant and since 1966 as a head coach) and outlasted head coach after head coach (almost 900 changes in major college football during his...
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July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Help Wanted: Football, women's basketball reporter

We have a great staff here at Nittany Lions Den, but with so many conflicting schedules and responsibilities it can be difficult at times to provide the most up-to-date information to our readers and we are always on the lookout for more consistent help. As we begin to get a little closer to the start of the college football season we are officially taking your virtual applications...
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July 01, 2012  |  Discuss

CNN Video: Sandusky emails revealed

CNN had a report Friday night on some emails that were exchanged between Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz. The emails discussed how they would go about handling Jerry Sandusky and his crimes of sexual abuse taking place on the Penn State campus. Joe Paterno's name is mentioned, but it is unknown still exactly what role he played in all of this. If nothing else, it...
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June 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Taking Back New Year's: A Hypothetical College Football TV Schedule

The world witnessed one of the most monumental changes in sport this week, as major college football approved its first playoff, a four-team, two-bowl tournament (piggybacked with four other elite bowl games) to begin in 2014. A selection committee will be used to choose the four teams in the playoff, focusing on such criteria as wins and losses, strength of schedule, and conference...
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June 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Cup of Joe - Should Penn State abandon history?

Younger college football fans may not remember a time when the Oregon Ducks were not one of the most discussed college football programs in the country, but there was a time the program was largely irrelevant in the sport. Between 1964 and 1988 the Ducks failed to go to a bowl game and had just five bowl games. The 1994 season was a bit of a dream season for the Ducks, earning a...
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June 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Garry Gilliam: Perseverance through adversity

Photo courtesy of Mike Pettigano Garry Gilliam sat in his empty on-campus apartment alone on his bed. His dresser was laced with prescription drug bottles full of painkillers and antibiotics along with dozens of packets of Emergen-C Vitamin drink mix. On this brisk, Sunday evening in late fall of 2010, he sat in pain, wondering if he was ever going to be normal again. “Why does...
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June 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Andrew Pitz: Justice for the victims was served

Former Penn State long snapper Andrew Pitz says justice has been served to the victims of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Pitz, an Iowa native, was asked about his reaction to the verdict that came down Friday night by Hawk Central's Randy Peterson. Andrew Pitz. Photo: PSU Live “Just as when top business executives make poor decisions and it...
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June 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Power-ranking Penn State's 2012 opponents

Who will be Penn State's toughest opponents in 2012? Photo: Getty Images Penn State is looking down a challenging schedule in 2012. There is no Alabama on the non-conference schedule but this could be one of the toughest non-conference schedules overall Penn State has seen in years with a road game inside ACC territory (Virginia), a rising Big East opponent coming to Beaver...
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June 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Cup of Joe - Gregg Doyel the voice of reason?

We missed our Cup of Joe, which means we have plenty to discuss in today's edition... The calls to hand Penn State the death penalty, label the university with a lack of institutional control and stripping the entire football program are out there. They are written by lazy sportswriters lacking creativity and starving for page views who probably have an anti-Philadelphia sports...
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June 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Leftover thoughts and reactions from Friday's Sandusky verdict

Well, Penn State, it's back to the future for us. Here are a few thoughts following Friday night’s verdict. Friday night represented a major step both forward and backward for a fan and alumni base weary of being piled on. The anger, disappointment, and confusion suddenly feels like it never disappeared as spring came and went and we moved on day by day. The headlines that...
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June 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State lands blue-chip lineman Dorian Johnson

In the wake of the barage of negative publicity surrounding the Sandusky sex-abuse trial, Penn State got some good news over the weekend. Scout.com reports that blue-chip Pennsylvania offensive tackle Dorian Johnson has given a verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions. By securing the pledge of the top OL in the state, coach Bill O'Brien has continued to defy the odds in buildilng...
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June 25, 2012  |  Discuss

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June 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Guilty At Last: Justice in the Sandusky Trial

As the sun rose on the African plains Saturday morning and I turned on my old internet machine, I found the news that I—and Penn State supporters around the world—have longed to hear for the past eight months. Sandusky is going to jail. A jury of Jerry Sandusky’s Centre County peers found him guilty on 45 counts of child sex abuse on Friday night, and while nothing can ever...
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June 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State's statement on the Jerry Sandusky trial

Today Penn State learned that a verdict was reached in the case of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Gerald Sandusky. Mr. Sandusky was found guilty of 45 of the 48 charges filed against him. The legal process has spoken and we have tremendous respect for the men who came forward to tell their stories publicly. No verdict can undo the pain and suffering caused by Mr. Sandusky,...
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June 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Mario Marathon raising money for the kids

The past couple of years I have found myself somewhat glued and addicted to the annual Mario Marathon, a video gaming marathon with a bunch of guys in Indiana playing Super Mario Brothers games in order to raise money for Child's Play Charity. You can read all about it here. This year marks the fifth year the guys are setting aside some vacation time and spare time to dedicate...
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June 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Cup of Joe - Virginia fan thanks Joe Paterno with license plate tribute

I do not live in the state of Virginia, but I have vacationed there many times. As a kid making family trips to Williamsburg my parents forced me to soak in historic Williamsburg but rewarded me with a visit to Busch Gardens. While stuck in the back seat with my Game Boy I would jot down how many different state licence plates we would come across on the road. It was a mundane way...
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June 22, 2012  |  Discuss

The Games of Our Lives: 2010 Northwestern at Penn State

The term “college athletics” always faces skepticism. Are they truly students first and athletes second? Or do the athletic pursuits outweigh the importance of classroom success? Penn State and its conference, the Big Ten, answer those questions in lockstep with each other—academics matter. Penn State, while always ranking as both a top-50 school among all national universities...
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June 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Cup of Joe - Devon Smith released, Nittany Lions excel in APR scores

Yesterday Lions 247 reported that wide receiver Devon Smith had been dismissed from the roster, citing "multiple sources." The news comes as  abit of a surprise, but should certainly not have been a shock given recent legal issues Smith found himself battling. Coach Bill O'Brien had said after the revelations of a drug possession charge surfaced that he was looking...
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June 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Devon Smith released from Penn State football roster

Penn State dismissed senior wide receiver Devon Smithfrom the team Wednesday, according to a report by Lions 247. A Penn State football office source says he has no knowledge of the dismissal. Smith was listed on the initial summer depth chart as a first-string wide receiver. Smith was charged with drug possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in late April. Police had...
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June 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Cup of Joe - Where Darren Rovell provides a lesson in Economics 101

Darren Rovell, CNBC's sports business analyst, provides plenty of information to his mass of Twitter followers but every now and then he will share some insight that just makes you wonder why he felt the need to tweet it. Yesterday he was briefly discussing Penn State and season ticket sales for Penn State. Of course, yesterday was the first day student tickets went on sale...
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June 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Dick Vitale still supporting Joe Paterno, not afraid to defend his point of view

Without question it remains somewhat controversial when a member of the national sports media voices his or her opinions about Joe Paterno, whether in support of or in defiance to the former Penn State head coach. Many times the anti-Paterno statements can be lost on specifics of the story. To be fair, there are many times when Paterno supporters fail to look at the situation without...
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June 18, 2012  |  Discuss
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