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Keith Olbermann apologizes in his return

After being suspended last week for his poor Twitter behavior with Penn State students and alums, Keith Olbermann returned to his hosting duties on his ESPN show Monday. In his return, Olbermann apologized for his actions and discussed his renewed philosophy on Twitter.
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March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – Penn State junior day updates and defending 2015 schedule

One criticism Penn State fans seem to have on a somewhat regular basis is the non-conference schedule’s lack of strength. In this new era of college football, with the College Football Playoff and the emphasis the selection committee is supposed to place on overall body of work, the strength of Penn State’s schedule is worth discussing. However, sometimes the logic and work put...
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March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Why you should stop being outraged about Penn State’s 2015 schedule

I generally try to avoid reading the PennLive Fan Line, but sometimes I either cannot help myself or I open the link by accident. In any event, I was not all that surprised to see the complaints in the most recent Fan Line post this weekend, with a couple complaints about Penn State’s 2015 schedule. “JUST READ the upcoming Penn State home football schedule for 2015. I hope the...
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March 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Big Ten Roundtable: Spring football headlines

Spring is in the air as we continue powering our way through our extensive Big Ten roundtable. Today the topic is spring football. Some programs are already underway while spring practice schedules are creeping up quickly around the Big Ten, and there will be plenty to watch this year around the conference. Our panel of Big Ten voices shared what they will be paying close attention...
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March 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Big Ten Roundtable: B1G disappointment from 2014?

There are two sides to every coin. Two sides to every argument. A yin to every yang. Just as there are pleasant surprises every season in college football, there are an equal number of disappointments.In our ongoing Big Ten roundtable series we took a look at some of In our ongoing Big Ten roundtable series we took a look at some of the more positive surprises from around the Big...
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February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Big Ten Roundtable: B1G surprise of 2014?

When Ohio State lost Braxton Miller for the 2014 season before it ever got started, many started to re-evaluate the Buckeyes and take them out of the College Football Playoff picture. J.T. Barrett stepped in and quickly became one of the more pleasant surprises in the country last fall. Before Barrett could lead Ohio State’s offense on a postseason mission to redeem the Ohio State...
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February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Big Ten Roundtable: Maryland and Rutgers Review

Their additions were not welcomed the way Nebraska was. Few expected Maryland and Rutgers to add much of anything to the Big Ten, but each program managed to hold its own on the football field in the latest expansion move made by the Big Ten, its second expansion in three years. Though sold the company line as being quality additions and natural fits in the Big Ten, the move to add...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Big Ten Roundtable: The Big Ten and Autonomy

One of the big words in college athletics over the past year has been “autonomy.” What exactly is it? The dictionary definition says it is a noun meaning the right of self-government, especially in a particular sphere. In this case, the sphere is the NCAA and the right to self-govern is given to the power conferences – Big Ten, ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC (and Notre Dame)....
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Big Ten Roundtable: Where the Big Ten ranks

For years the SEC has been on top of the college football world, and it was believed the gap between the SEC and everyone else in college football was becoming wider. That perception was dented when Florida State rallied to defeat Auburn in the last BCS National Championship Game two seasons ago, and the tune has changed a little bit more following the most recent postseason. The...
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February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Big Ten Roundtable: Is the Big Ten “back?”

As college football transitions from the 2014 season to the 2015 season and spring practices get started across the country, there may be no other conference that looks to build on the momentum of the previous season the way the Big Ten does. The Big Ten got off to a slow start in 2014 but finished with a bang. On top of seeing Ohio State crowned as national champion and Michigan...
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February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – NFL Combine wrap-up, Tom Bradley to UCLA

Lots of good stuff to get to today… The NFL Combine is now wrapped up for Penn State players. Victory Bell Rings looks at the performance of Penn State players. Be sure to visit Optimum Scouting for a full rundown of NFL Combine coverage as well. Black Shoe Diaries had an interesting question yesterday. Which former Penn State quarterback would fit James Franklin’s system the...
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February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Spring Q&A: Ohio State preps for national title defense

The Big Ten season in 2014 looked to be mostly a one or two-horse race before it got started, and it quickly looked as though Ohio State had stumbled and fell flat on its face right out of the gates. Shortly after losing Braxton Miller to a shoulder surgery for the season, Ohio State was knocked out at home by Virgina Tech. By mid-September national pundits were writing off not only...
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February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – THON raises $13 million, PSU recruit wins Mr. PA Football

THON once again shows the best Penn State has to offer. Penn State is home to Mr. PA Football. Handing out Oscars and more. Another year of THON is in the books at Penn State, and once again it was a huge success. This year’s dance marathon raised $13,026,653.23, which is simply fantastic. Good job by everyone involved with this year’s fundraising event. On a related note, we...
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February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State’s Saquon Barkley named 2014 Mr. PA Football

For the first time in program history, Penn State has a Mr. PA Football player. Running back Saquon Barkley, one of the top additions to the Class of 2015, was named the AAA/AAAA recipient of the Mr. PA Football award for 2014 Saturday night. Over 90,000 votes were cast through the voting process. As it turned out, Penn State head coach James Franklin was on hand as a speaker and...
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February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

A ticket preview for Penn State vs Northwestern basketball

D.J. Newbill tried his best to take down the Big 10 leading Wisconsin Badgers on Wednesday night. Newbill hit 13 of 21 shots, scoring 29 points with three assists and three rebounds, but the Nittany Lions couldn’t rally late and lost at home by eight points. Penn State (15-12, 3-11) finished a three game stretch of going against ranked opponents. On February 11th, Penn State fell...
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February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Hackenberg among Sporting News top 50 players in 2015

The Sporting News put out a list of the top 50 players in college football for the 2015 season. There are a ton of OhioState players on the list (although Braxton Miller is noticeably absent), and just one Penn State player. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg checks in at No. 47 on the list. Here’s what The Sporting News says about Hackenberg; On numbers alone, Hackenberg took a...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Avert your eyes! Penn State concept helmet alert!

At some point in time I think Penn State fans should accept that there will be a day when Penn State breaks tradition and suits up in an alternate uniform design provided by Nike. Here’s hoping this helmet design is not a part of that. Penn State Nittany Lions, college. Design concept by @deeyungentertainment. #freshfootballhelmets #ffh #design #concept #designconcept #footballhelmet...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Penn State DC Tom Bradley reportedly close to joining UCLA

Former Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley is reportedly close to being named the new defensive coordinator at UCLA. Bradley was a long-time assistant under former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, and he assumed the role of interim head coach of the program following the firing of Paterno in November 2011. Though a fan and player favorite for years, Bradley moved in a...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – Catching up on some missed headlines and new recruiting rankings

I had to take a car in for an engine check yesterday and got thrown off my game like an Anthony Morelli pass. So let’s get back to it today. No time to mess around, so let’s get right down to business. First, if you missed it, I joined the Men of the Scarlet and Gray podcast to talk about Penn State’s recent recruiting class, how Penn State dominated the state, Twitter beefs...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Talking Penn State with the Men of the Scarlet and Gray

On Tuesday evening I was a guest on the Men of the Scarlet and Gray Podcast. While the show typically covers Ohio State, this week’s episode was split into two parts to discuss Ohio State’s opponents and the recruiting classes recently put together for 2015. I was happy to return to the show to talk about Penn State’s solid Class of 2015 in the second half of the show. In addition...
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February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – The 1,000th Post

1,000 posts later, this site still lives It is good to get back in the swing of things this morning. the past few days have been crazy busy on my end while covering the virtual desk for College Football Talk, but we get back at it with the morning round-up today. And hey, this is the 1,000th all-time post on this site, so that’s cool! Here’s to 1,000 more… Greg Pickel of PennLive...
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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

PSU winning Big Ten would offer solid return

If you place $5.00 on Penn State winning the Big Te in 2015 and the Nittany Lions bring it home, you could be in for a decent return just in time for the holiday season. New conference championship odds were recently released by one online sportsbook. As you should have expected, Ohio State is the easy favorite in the Big Ten after winning the conference and national championship...
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February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Penn State QB transfers north of the border

It is incredibly rare for a former four-star quarterback recruit to transfer to a school outside of the United States. In fact, it has never been done before yesterday. Michael O’Connor, a former Penn State quarterback, is transferring to the University of British Columbia. QB Michael O’Connor, formerly of Penn State has signed with #UBCFootball. Best Cdn QB prospect since Jesse...
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – Penn State’s winter workout stars and a new Paterno statue poll

Penn State opened winter workouts and Pennsylvanians want the Paterno statue back I have a feeling Penn State should be better in 2015, based off the idea the offensive line provides a little bit of a boost up front to allow Christian Hackenberg time to breath and the running game a chance to get going. But is Penn State ready to take such a drastic leap forward that they are playing...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State in a New Years Six Bowl in 2015-2016?

It is not unrealistic at all to expect Penn State to have a better seaosn in 2015. Without question there is room for improvement and Penn State may or may not be ready to take that next step. But the pieces could be in place to provide more stability on the offensive line, which should help the overall effectiveness of the offense in 2015. The defense should continue to be in decent...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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