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What if Penn State didn't have football?

That is the question ABC 27 in Harrisburg asked during their broadcast on Wednesday. According to the report State College sees $70 million in revenue in the local economy during the football season. "To punish one program would punish all Penn State sports," claims the report. We knew that Penn State football provided for other sports, but the Harrisburg TV station wanted to dig...
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July 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Put down the pitchforks, focus on solutions for victims

Editor's Note: Introducing a new member of our team at Nittany Lions Den, Marty Valania. Valania will be the official football correspondent for Nittany Lions Den for the upcoming season and brings a good amount of experience and a solid background to the site. Valania has covered high school sports for over 20 years and understands the ins and outs of the recruiting process, and...
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July 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox ask Bill James to stop commenting on Penn State, Joe Paterno

It is amazing just what kind of reach this whole tragic saga at Penn State has had in the sporting world and beyond. First Ashton Kutcher's uninformed tweets, then Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White openly wondering why Penn State had to tell the media they had a coach raping kids. Over the weekend Bill James, the father of sabermetrics in baseball and adviser to the Boston...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Cup of Joe - Fans respond to Nittanyville

Paternoville student leaders officially announced on Monday that the organization has adopted a new name, Nittanyville. And there was much rejoicing! Or not. I wrote this morning that the decision to change the name should be worth respecting in a time when many at Penn State have failed to receive an ounce of respect in the fallout of everything that has been going on. Following...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Freeh Report: Former Penn State football player Bryan Masella responds

Bryan Masella played for Penn State and Joe Paterno between 1971 and 1975. The New Jersey resident made the trip over to Philadelphia on Thursday to sit in on the release of the Freeh Report, which made some strong allegations to his former coach. Following the press conference Masella answered some questions in the hallway to the media and shared his feelings about Paterno and what...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Freeh Report: Tom Kline, attorney for Victim 5, responds

Tom Kline represents Victim 5 from the Jerry Sandusky trial. Kline, who works out of Philadelphia, was in attendance when the Freeh Report was released for the first time. After the press conference, Kline answered questions from the media in the hallway and had some very strong statements to share as well. Check out and subscribe to our YouTube channel for all of our latest videos...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Nittany Minute - Should Joe Paterno statue be torn down?

The Nittany Minute is back! In the return of our featured video blog, managing editor Kevin McGuire shares his take on whether or not the Joe Paterno statue should be taken down following the information released in the Freeh Report. Have a look at what Kevin says and share your opinions in the comments section down below. Do you use YouTube? Check out and subscribe to our YouTube...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Big Ten, Pac 12 cancel scheduled crossover games

So much for that Big Ten-Pac 12 scheduling agreement. The two conferences today officially divorced from that potential plan that would pair up members of the Pac 12 and Big Ten in annual crossover match-ups. The following statements were provided by email Friday. Statement from Big Ten Conference Commissioner James E. Delany: “We are disappointed to announce today that the Big...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Freeh Report: Reflecting on Joe Paterno's legacy

Joe Paterno died on January 22, 2012. The Joe Paterno I thought I knew died today, July 12, 2012. The Freeh Report, as widely expected, told a damning tale of the efforts to protect Jerry Sandusky's public profile, and thus the brand of Penn State football. In doing so the tarred imaged of Paterno was finally feathered, as we learned that Paterno in fact knew of the 1998 investigation...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Freeh Report should serve as lesson for all schools, not just Penn State

What happened at Penn State was sickening, repulsive, deplorable beyond reasonable means and heart breaking. And it could happen anywhere. The Freeh Report concluded that Penn State's football culture was ultimately the enabler of a child predator, Jerry Sandusky. According to the report and its findings, the desire to keep the Penn State football brand, as well as the university...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Freeh Report: Bill O'Brien moving forward

As the Freeh Report was released there was plenty of reaction, from shock and anger to sadness as we read in blakc and white that Joe Paterno may have played a larger role in the Penn State response to Jerry Sandusky's alleged (at the time) vile acts. Paterno's successor, Bill O'Brien, is taking time to review the Freeh Report as thoroughly as possible and remains committed to ensuring...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Freeh Report press conference prep notes leaked

No Cup of Joe today. Let's get right to the business... Today is the day the Freeh report is officially released for the first time to the public. It hopefully will answer a number of questions and put an end to some speculations, for better or worse. Deadspin unearthed what appears to be prep notes for today's press conference, in which scripted responses are ready to roll. According...
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July 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Cup of Joe - Freeh Report Release Announced

  Photo via Reddit Well, here we go. The independent report by Judge Louis Freeh and his team will be released to the public Thursday morning at 9 a.m. It will be long and full of information and details, and hopefully will result in some answers along the way, for better or worse. You can access the report, which will be released in PDF form, on this website. A press...
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July 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Cup of Joe - LaVar Arrington discusses Penn State emails

Here is "RB 25" getting by a couple of Buckeye defenders in NCAA Football 13. Happy NCAA Football Day! LaVar Arrington took to his column on WashingtonPost.com once again yesterday to share his feelings on the latest developments regarding Penn State and the upcoming release of the Freeh report. Simply put, Arrington is somewhat skeptical of the magnitude of the report following...
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July 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Silas Redd, Gerald Hodges named on Maxwell Football Club award watch lists

Penn State running back Silas Redd has been named to the Maxwell Award watch list for the 2012 college football season. Penn State linebacker Gerald Hodges was named to the Bednarik Award watch list as well. Both are presented by the Maxwell Football Club annually to college football's top player (Maxwell award) and defensive player (Bednarik Award). Penn State also has a rich history...
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July 09, 2012  |  Discuss

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 and...
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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...
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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 to check their...
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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 is...
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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...
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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
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