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SEC takes aim at Penn State when they should look in the mirror

It’s that time of the year again when folks around the SEC cry about Penn State setting up camps on their pristine recruiting soil. Just as they did a year ago, Penn State twill be traveling south to set up football camps. And just like they did last year, the SEC is not all too happy about it. SEC rules prevent coaches from working at a football camp outside of a 50-mile radius...
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Steve Spurrier says Joe Paterno got a terrible deal at Penn State

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier turned 70 yesterday,, and the Head Ball Coach has not lost one step along the way. Spurrier is still working out like a machine, spouting off one-liners about his rivals out of the blue and he recently got started on Twitter. The guy is as in touch with the college football world as any. He also still has the back of former Penn State head...
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State spring attendance ranks third in nation and Big Ten

Penn State head coach James Franklin may have wanted a full house on Saturday at Beaver Stadium, but the 68,000 fans that showed up for the annual Blue White Game is nothing to be ashamed of. Penn State’s spring game crowd currently ranks third in the nation and gives the Big Ten the top three spots in the order. Ohio State set a new national spring game record with 99,391 fans...
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April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

If Big Ten wants to leave Indiana, it has plenty of options

With the state of Indiana taking questionable steps toward discrimination, the Big Ten should think long and hard about the realistic possibility of leaving the state. The state of Indiana recently passed Indiana Senate Bill 101, otherwise known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The act is designed to mandate that religious liberty of individuals and corporations can only...
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April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – College football icon Chuck Bednarik passes

The football world lost a legend over the weekend. Chuck Bednarik, a Philadelphia Eagles icon and a former college star, passed away at the age of 89. Bednarik won the 1948 Maxwell Award and finished third in the Heisman Trophy that same season. The three-time All-American with the Penn Quakers went on to be inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame after a Pro Football Hall...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State recruiting is building foundation at offensive line

Anyone who watched Penn State in 2014 knows what was the biggest weakness. The offensive line struggled to be a cohesive unit capable of protecting quarterback Christian Hackenberg and allowing the running game to get moving. For multiple reasons, the offensive line was the biggest hurdle Penn State rarely overcame last fall but the Nittany Lions are addressing that need in a big...
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March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State trustees to review proposal to make for happier beat reporters

When James Franklin and his staff came to Penn State, a plan to improve the football facilities to keep up to speed with programs in the SEC and Ohio State was made clear. Now it appears Penn State could be one step closer to undergoing some facility upgrades. Last week, Audrey Snyder of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette made note of some items on agenda for this week’s Penn State Board...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Christian Hackenberg remains well respected as NFL prospect

This spring is seeing plenty of talk about quarterbacks around the Big Ten, and for good reason. Ohio State’s quarterback trio remains one of the biggest stories around the Big Ten this spring. Connor Cook at Michigan State is a highly respected player as well. As much as those quarterbacks will be discussed, there is still a watchful eye on Penn State’s own starting quarterback...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Nittany Lions head to Chicago looking to pull off miraculous run

As much as any team that has lost six of its last seven games can, the Penn State Nittany Lions enter this week’s Big 10 tournament in Chicago on an emotional high. That comes courtesy of the Nittany Lions knocking off Minnesota 79-76 in their regular-season finale Sunday on the strength of a late three-pointer by senior sharpshooter D.J. Newbill.  As a reward for it all, PSU...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – Where Penn State recruiting ranks in 2016 right now

The snow threw a bit of a wrench in the plans so this morning’s rundown will be brief. On the site yesterday we wrapped up our expanded roundtable discussion on the Big Ten by making some bold predictions. Some of them were even focused on Penn State, which you may find interesting to read. You can go back and read any part of the Big Ten roundtable from this page. Penn State...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

With great stipends comes great responsibility

By all accounts it appears as though Penn State is currently in position to be able to offer the largest player stipends once Big Ten programs begin handing out stipends to scholarship athletes this year. If the numbers hold firm, then Penn State’s coaching staff will figure to have a legitimate recruiting advantage in one particular area, but that could be a minor concern that...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Hackenberg is Penn State’s Whopper

Over on The Student Section today the focus is on Big Ten quarterbacks. Here is what was said about Penn State and Christian Hackenberg; Let’s put it this way … if Burger King dropped the Whopper, it would be the equal of Penn State losing Christian Hackenberg. He’s a top-shelf NFL prospect who is backed up by a host of freshmen. PSU would be well advised to do everything...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Big Ten Roundtable: Bold predictions for 2015

The final installment in an extensive roundtable discussion about the Big Ten concludes today. After reviewing the state of the conference, scanning spring storylines, having fun with making our own changes to the conference, it is time to bring this roundtable discussion to a close with our bold predictions for 2015. And boy do we have some bold predictions for you. Over the course...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – Penn State possibly gains financial recruiting edge on Big Ten

Penn State’s valuable stipends, most followed coaches on Twitter, more Big Ten roundtable and a whole lot more! Here is your morning roundup! I have been saying for a few years now I believe Penn State could very well be a sleeping giant in college football. I feel as though the revenue stream is in place and the resources are there and improving. With James Franklin and his staff...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State could have B1G advantage with stipends

With the Big Ten preparing to allow schools to hand out stipends to student-athletes to cover financial obligations not covered under a scholarship, it looks like Penn State could be gaining a nice little recruiting advantage. This, according to David Jones of The Patriot News today; Based on cost-of-attendance figures cited by CollegeData.com for the 2014-15 academic calendar,...
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March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Big Ten Roundtable: What one B1G change would you make?

We are just about finished with our extensive roundtable discussion on the Big Ten. Before we get to our final thoughts though, each member of the panel was given a chance to make one change for the Big Ten. They were given the authority to do anything they wanted with the conference rules, scheduling or anything else they could come up with. Divisions was  a popular topic given...
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March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – Keith Olbermann apologizes, top Big Ten QBs ranked

Our pals over at Talking 10 ranked the top five quarterbacks in the Big Ten entering this offseason. Perhaps surprisingly, only two Ohio State quarterbacks made the cut. Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg received some praise and is ranked second. After being suspended by ESPN for his poor Twitter behavior last week, Keith Olbermann returned to the air Monday. He issued an apology...
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March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

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
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