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Realistic Road to Reducing PSU Sanctions

  An Associated Press article this week gave Penn State football fans hope, as school trustees publicly expressed their desire for leniency from the NCAA in reducing the Nittany Lions’ crippling sanctions.  The frequent, glowing reports from former Senator George Mitchell (the NCAA-appointed overseer for Penn State’s compliance) also lend credence to the view that the NCAA...
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June 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Penn State, Maryland to play 2015 game in Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium

Todya was big news for Penn State football, with the 2015 Big Ten schedule being released. But the schedule just got  alittle more interesting. Penn State's 2015 game against Maryland will be played in the home of the reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. The Big Ten East Division contest between traditional regional rivals Penn State and Maryland will be played in M&...
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June 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Penn State, Rutgers will kick off 2015 Big Ten schedule

Just as they will do in 2014, Penn State and Rutgers will play in the first official Big Ten game of the 2015 season. The Big Ten released the 2015 conference schedule this morning, confirming the date for Penn State and Rutgers to open the 2015 season once again being used as the conference opener. The two Big Ten East rival will play in Beaver Stadium on September 19, the date...
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June 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Cup of Joe: Penn State adds OL Beh to Class of 2014

Penn State added offensive line coach Noah Beh (Scranton Prep) to the Class of 2014 over the weekend. Beh attended a skills camp this weekend and was recruited by offensive line coach Mac McWhorter, according to Lions 247. Beh, a three-star prospect according to the 247 Sports Composite rankings, also held offers from Boston College, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia...
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June 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Penn State recruiting video now available for public viewing

We have heard a lot about Bill O'Brien's message to recruits since he has taken over the program. Now we get a chance to see how that message is delivered to recruits, at least in brief. This recruiting video was released on Penn State's YouTube channel today so everyone can get an idea of the message being sent from O'Brien to recruits and their families. Enjoy. Follow...
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May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Cup of Joe: Post holiday weekend edition

Here's hoping your Memorial Day weekend was a nice, safe and relaxing one. Here things have been pretty hectic so it is nice to get back to the daily grind. With that, we return to our daily Cup of Joe, a quick rundown of some of the top links you may have seen, heard about or completely missed. It has been a few days so we won't waste time running down every little story that has...
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May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

QB Steven Bench announces he will transfer to South Florida

Former Penn State quarterback Steven Bench will transfer to the University of South Florida and join the Bulls football program. Bench announced his decision on Twitter.   I’ve decided to attend the University of South Florida and become a bull!! #DoSomething — Steven Bench (@SBench12) May 23, 2013 Heck, Bench even got his dogs to help spread the word, complete...
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May 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Audio: Michael Mauti interview with Bill King

Bill King hosts one of the top college football radio programs year-round on satellite radio, but you can also listen to it for free online. If you want to get some daily college football commentary to get your days started, instead of national or local sports radio talk, I highly recommend signing up for a free membership so you can listen on your computer. On Tuesday morning...
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May 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Cup of Joe: Penn State basketball set for European tour

Monday was quite a slow day it seemed, so our Cup of Joe this morning is rather brief. Bill O'Brien will be on HBO's Real Sports tonight at 10 p.m. I don't have HBO so somebody please fill me in tomorrow, OK? Most indispensable players at Penn State include Allen Robinson and Mike Hull. [ESPN] What is Penn State getting with running back Nick Scott in the Class of 2014? ...
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May 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Cup of Joe: Putting the SI story to rest, for now

Good morning and a happy Victoria Day to our Penn State fans checking in from above the border. Hope you had a good weekend. Now we begin our week with a quick round-up of everything you may have missed over the weekend. Final thoughts on the Sports Illustrated story. [Bleacher Report] Penn State's reaction to the SI story does not squash the notion that something happened...
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May 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Who will Penn State's 12th opponent in 2014 be? My money is on Syracuse

Before you continue reading, please keep this disclaimer in mind. In no way is this the start of a rumor or citing obscure anonymous sources. This is pure speculation and hypothetical thinking on my part. Now that I have cleared that up with you, let's continue. Penn State's 2014 Big Ten conference schedule was released earlier today. As you have probably seen by now, Penn State...
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May 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Penn State will be first Big Ten opponent for Rutgers in 2014

Penn State will play the role of visitor for the first Big Ten conference game in the history of Rutgers football. The 2014 Big Ten conference schedule was released Thursday afternoon, setting the stage for the 2014 season which introduces Rutgers and Maryland as new conference members. Maryland will return to Beaver Stadium in 2014 with a game on November 1. With the new division...
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May 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Cup of Joe: Penn State vs. Pitt is 1,214 days away

Penn State and Pittsburgh are scheduled to begin a four-game series in 2016, a mere 1,214 days from now, but as ACC and Big Ten spring meetings are taking place in separate locations this week there is a fresh buzz about the series. Quotes coming out of both schools have suggested there is a chance we could see the series continue beyond the 2019 game, the fourth in the four-game...
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May 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Penn State fan asks ESPN's Bob Ley if Joe Paterno faked his own death

I honestly don't even know what to say about this. A Penn State fan mailed a letter to ESPN's Bob Ley, most noted for his role as host of Outside the Lines and his soccer coverage, and asked if it was at all possible if Joe Paterno was secretly alive somewhere.   I'm used to strange mail, but this one is this year's leader in the clubhouse twitpic.com/cqhc6v — Bob Ley...
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May 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Pitt AD "very optimstic" series with Penn State will be extended

Penn State and Pittsburgh have an agreement in place to play four football games between 2016 and 2019. What started out as a two-year schedule agreement was expanded to four games and it looks as though there is a discussion to make this an even longer standing agreement than initially expected. As the ACC is holding annual conference meetings, Pittsburgh Athletics Director Steve...
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May 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Big Ten Q&A: Nebraska Cornhuskers

Nebraska has taken the two Big Ten meetings against Penn State since the Huskers joined the conference and last year they reached the Big Ten championship game. This season the Huskers continue to look for answers on defense in an attempt to silence some of the criticism of the program's apparent shortcomings on a path back to true national prominence. What does the 2013 seasons...
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May 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Cup of Joe: Top all-time PSU QBs and Bill O'Brien's bus tour concludes

And so we begin another week, with the college football countdown creeping toward double digits. Let's get the week started on the right foot, shall we? Yesterday I shared my top 10 Penn State quarterbacks of all time. Tell me where I'm wrong. [Bleacher Report] Bill O'Brien says "We got a lot of time for Christian Hackenberg." [StateCollege.com] One of the themes of the...
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May 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Cup of Joe: Penn State vs. Pitt and Big Ten hockey announced

We have a little bit of everything here for you this morning. Quick basketball and hockey links and a dash of recruiting and Penn State caravan fill up the Penn State portion of our morning round up. Here is your Cup of Joe... Bill O'Brien took to the national radio airwaves on Wednesday, joining the CBS Sports Radio morning show. [Nittany Lions Den] Penn State will be paired...
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May 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Audio: Bill O'Brien on CBS Sports Radio

Bill O'Brien once again took his message to the radio air waves. On Wednesday morning Penn State's football coach was a guest on CBS Sports Radio's national morning show with Tiki Barber, Dana Jacobson and Brandon Tierney. O'Brien, winding down the coaches caravan, talked more about scholarship issues, recruiting and the quarterback situation. There was not much new offered in the...
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May 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Cup of Joe: More scholarship talk along the caravan

No nonsense this morning. Let's get right down to the business... Before getting started with his schedule on the Penn State Caravan, Bill O'Brien was a gust on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh to talk about his bus tour and more. [Nittany Lions Den] O'Brien discusses naming John Butler defensive coordinator. [PennLive] O'Brien says he will not rule out possibility of some...
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May 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Audio: Bill O'Brien on 93.7 The Fan

Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien was a guest on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh Tuesday morning. There was not much new information coming from the Nittany Lions football coach, but if you missed it we have the audio for you:
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Penn State, UCF gets prime time slot on Big Ten Network

Penn State and Central Florida will kick off at 6 p.m. on Big Ten Network on September 12. The Big Ten Network will be making their first trip to Beaver Stadium for a prime time game with the trip, and Penn State will play three prime time games in 2013 as a result. The Big Ten Network will air 12 prime time games, a new all-time high for the network. “Primetime games are...
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May 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Big Ten schools each getting $25.7 million

Big Ten schools are once again cashing some nice paychecks this year, although the total income from revenue splits took a little bit of a dip now that Nebraska is eligible for a full conference payout. According to a report by the St. Louis Dispatch, each Big Ten school will be receiving $25.7 million, with $7.6 million coming from Big Ten Network revenue. According to the...
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May 06, 2013  |  Discuss

The Big Ten's Plan to Close the Gap

  Being a fan of the Big Ten these days is like being Ricky Schroder in The Champ. The end of major conference realignment and the NFL draft: two more areas where the Big Ten took apparent black eyes last month. The ACC teams signed a Grant of Rights that effectively dashed the Big Ten’s hopes of moving farther south, and the Big Ten was nearly shut out of the first round...
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May 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Cup of Joe: Penn State lacrosse teams heading to postseason, women's rugby wins championship

Good morning Penn State fans. Are you ready for another week? The Penn State coaches caravan rolls on this week, including a stop in the Lehigh Valley on Tuesday. I'll be there to see what Bill O'Brien has to say so if you have any questions you would like to be asked, send them in or leave a comment below. And now, on to the Cup of Joe to get your day started. A look back at...
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May 06, 2013  |  Discuss
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