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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

Morning Cup of Joe – How Penn State recruiting will evolve

A quick rundown of some Penn State news and notes to get your day started as you enjoy your morning coffee and perhaps a bagel Penn State Recruiting News Lions 247 has some VIP info and reaction on Penn State and Class of 2017 linebacker target Dylan Rivers. Lions 247 also has a good free read on how the coaching staff is looking to tweak its recruiting approach with regard to splitting...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – Mr. Pennsylvania, NFL Combine and issues with BTN

On Friday the NFL released the list of players scheduled to attend the NFL Scouting Combine. That list included five players from Penn State. I already have a little Q&A in the works with Optimum Scouting to review some of the pro potential for Penn State players. Penn State has two incoming players in the Class of 2015 up for this year’s Class AAA/AAAA Mr. Pennsylvania. Running...
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February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State, Pitt & Michigan Class of 2015 additions up for Mr. Pennsylvania

Those who follow recruiting may be familiar with the honor given to the top high school player in various states. Like a beauty pageant for gridiron stars, Mr. South Carolina goes to the top recognized player in the state of South Carolina. Mr. North Carolina goes to the top high school player from North Carolina. You get the idea, it’s not rocket science. The award for Mr. Pennsylvania...
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February 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Five Nittany Lions heading to NFL Combine

The NFL has released the initial roster of players heading to the NFL Scouting Combine later this month. A total of five Penn State players will be looking to catch some looks at the big NFL event in Indianapolis. Tight end Jesse James, offensive tackle Donovan Smith, linebacker Mike Hull, safety Adrian Amos and kicker Sam Ficken all were included on the NFL Scouting Combine roster...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

National Signing Day, when the Big Ten Network continues to fall short

I like the Big Ten Network, and I respect how it has set the model for conference-branded networks. It has a tremendous amount of positive influence on the Big Ten and its members, and its fans. There is much to like about the network and the way it covers its brand, but on National Signing Day it feels a bit empty. Here is an excerpt of what I wrote this morning on The Student Section...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – Wrapping up Class of 2015 coverage

Finally getting a chance to regroup after signing day Greg Pickel of PennLive broke down the explanation of how Penn State has two extra scholarships to use. Basically, three early enrollees were able to be counted against Penn State’s Class of 2014 enrollment. However that works out, Penn State is still at 85 scholarship players by my count, so I am trying to confirm just how...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Rece Davis will now host College GameDay

Come this fall, @ESPN_ReceDavis will replace @cbfowler on @CollegeGameDay @espn #CollegeGameday — James Andrew Miller (@JimMiller) February 5, 2015
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February 05, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN Class of 2015 Rankings: Penn State at No. 14

No real surprise here at the top of ESPN’s final recruiting team rankings. Alabama took the top spot, just ahead of Florida State and a surging USC. Ohio State moved up a spot to finish No. 6 in the final team rankings. Penn State ended up moving down one spot on signing day, but that looks to be more a result of UCLA coming on strong on signing day with a handful of terrific additions...
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February 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Kickoff time for Blue White Game announced

JUST ANNOUNCED: The 2015 Blue-White Game will kick off at 4 pm! See you April 18. — Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 5, 2015
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February 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – Penn State Class of 2015 a consensus top 15 class

Penn State earns praise for Class of 2015 as focus shifts to 2016 Penn State pulled in one of the best recruiting classes the program has seen in quite some time. James Franklin’s mission to dominate the state paid off in a big way with many of the top high school players choosing to stay in-state and play for Penn State. Between Penn State’s recruiting efforts and the work done...
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February 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Franklin on Eagles WR, B1G East vs SEC West & more on CSN Philly

James Franklin was all over the place on signing day. He did a quick Q&A with Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel of FOX Sports and another one with Big Ten Network. Of course, Franklin also had CSN Philly cameras following him around on National Signing Day, but he also did a live segment with Amy Fadool on air yesterday to discuss Penn State’s Class of 2015, but he was also...
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February 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Franklin talks to BTN about Class of 2015

Penn State head coach James Franklin was a busy man on signing day, which is to be expected. Franklin had cameras from CSN Philly following him all day, but he also set aside time to talk about Penn State’s Class of 2015 with the folks at Big Ten Network. What does @CoachJFranklin have to say about the 2015 @PennStateFBall recruiting class? http://t.co/MCS3bLXgko — Penn State...
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February 05, 2015  |  Discuss
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