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Midweek Serenity: Coach is right

  I fired my opening salvo last week after a 34-0 victory over Kent State, so it’s hard to load up that same gun again. I optimistically concluded: http://www.nittanylionsden.com/2013-articles/september/midweek-serenity-a-bone-to-pick.html “Last year’s metamorphosis gives me reason to believe that O’Brien can learn from what he saw in the first month of the season…It...
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October 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Blue White Roundtable is ready for B1G play

October marks the start of Big Ten play for Penn State and it gets underway this weekend at Indiana. Penn State has historically dominated the Hoosiers, owning an 11-0 head-to-head record, but this Indiana team looks to be capable of giving Penn Stet a good run this weekend. This week the folks at Joe Pa's Doghouse cooked up some questions for the Blue White Roundtable, which...
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October 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Midweek Serenity: A Bone to Pick

  Amidst all of the hope and elation of our sanction reductions (more to come), this week’s article will focus back on the field. And this week, my usually cheery self has a bone to pick. The most maddening playcalling I can ever remember as a Penn State fan was the 2007 game at Michigan State. The Spartans were just starting to grow into the perennial top-30 team that...
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September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Will Maryland let the Blue Band perform in Baltimore in 2015?

The game is a couple more years away but the question is somewhat relevant today. When Maryland and Penn State play each other in Baltimore in 2015, will the Blue Band be allowed to perform on the field? This may not be as silly a question as you might think. Maryland is playing West Virginia this weekend in Baltimore, in M&T Bank Stadium. Although the game is being played...
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September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Blue White Roundtable is back in business

Many of you know I have been covering Penn State football for the past few years for Examiner.com as well as this start-up website. Unfortunately, my coverage of Penn State football has been greatly reduced due to taking on a new position with College Football Talk on NBCSports.com and my new role with Crystal Ball Run. I have quickly discovered these new responsibilities will keep...
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September 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Mitchell Report Raves About PSU Progress

Former U.S. Senator George Mitchell--appointed to monitor over 100 recommendations of change for Penn State University following the Freeh Report and NCAA sanctions last year--released his yearly report on Friday, September 6, and the university came back with glowing reviews. While the quarterly reports had shown excellent compliance and change within PSU, the annual report...
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September 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Midweek Serenity: Here if you need us

  After our opening two weeks last season, I thought a column called “Midweek Serenity” would be a helpful balm to the Nittany Nation through our sanctions years. This space grew more and more celebratory as the season wore on though. And I’m relieved to start off this year’s series with a victorious tone rather than a sympathetic one. Penn State certainly didn...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Blue White Roundtable is freshly squeezed

It must be football season because the other day I received an email form Adam over at Black Shoe Diaries. It's Blue White Roundtable time, you guys. As a refresher, the Blue White Roundtable is a weekly feature on Nittany Lions Den, Black Shoe Diaries and any other Penn State themed website willing to take some time to respond to a handful of questions served up by our friends...
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August 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Penn State vs. Syracuse: Nittany Lions look to continue winning tradition in Meadowlands

Penn State will play their first game in the state of New Jersey since the 2000 season opener in the Kickoff Classic, a dismal defeat at the hands of the USC Trojans. Their opponent, Syracuse, is making efforts to make this their home-away-from-home with a series of games lined up in what is being dubed New York's College Classic. Of course, playing in the Meadowlands is nothing...
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August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Help Wanted: Penn State football writers

Are you passionate about Penn State football? Do you want to get involved with blogging about the Nittany Lions? If you answered yes to these two questions, then Nittany Lions Den wants to hear from you. Writing experience is preferred but not necessarily a requirement, but I do expect you know how to form complete sentences and use proper punctuation as a prerequisite. I am...
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August 26, 2013  |  Discuss

The wait is nearly over, Penn State faces Syracuse this week

On Saturday MetLife Stadium will serve as Syracuse's home-away-from-home against Penn State. Photo: Kevin McGuire After months of waiting, the first kickoff of the 2013 season is nearly upon us. Penn State will begin year two under Bill O'Brien and serve the second of a four-year postseason ban? Nothing to play for? Hardly. While the 2012 season will forever...
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August 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Is Ferguson vs Hackenberg the new Bolden vs McGloin?

Football fans in general can get pretty antsy when it comes to knowing who the starting quarterback of their favorite team is. Penn State fans are certainly no exception to this rule and the past few years have been filled with question marks surrounding the status of the starting quarterback. In 2010 we saw freshman Rob Bolden emerge as the starter at the beginning of the season...
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August 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Study: Penn State one of most underrated teams in AP polls since 2000

Penn State fans have always felt the Nittany Lions tend to get slighted in the polls on a  somewhat regular basis, and now there is a study to help validate some of those sentiments. While Penn State is far from being in the Boise State conversation when it comes to under-rated teams, Penn State is among the most under-rated schools using one simple method. The Crunch Zone,...
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August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Coming Soon: Recalling the top 20 games of Penn State's Big Ten Era

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Penn State playing football in the Big Ten, though it is actually the 21st season of Big Ten football in program history. Counting years is sometimes funny that way. In any event, to honor the anniversary I wanted to take some time throughout the remainder of the year to take a closer look at some of the top games of the Big Ten Era for Penn...
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August 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Finally, Penn State and Virginia Tech will play each other in football

The battle to see which program is more elite will finally be settled. In ten years. It almost seems as though it was a mistake that Penn State and Virginia Tech have never played each other in college football, but that will all be corrected in about ten years with the two programs setting up a home-and-home series. Penn State will play on the road in Blacksburg, Virginia on...
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August 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Penn State adds 2015 game vs San Diego State

Penn State has added a 2015 home game against San Diego State, according to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com (via Twitter). According to Penn State's official website, the game in Beaver Stadium will be scheduled for September 26, 2015, a week after hosting Big Ten East rival Rutgers. Penn State has one more game to fill the 2015 season with open dates on October 3 and November...
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August 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Syracuse QB transfer mentioned among difference-makers

Former Penn State quarterback Steven Bench left the Nittany Lions in search of a better opportunity to compete for a starting job. With Bill O'Brien suggesting to the Class of 2012 recruit out of Georgia he was going to focus on JUCO transfer Tyler Ferguson and incoming freshman Christian Hackenberg, Bench made the decision to look elsewhere for his opportunity. Bench transferred...
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August 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Penn State Forever: Matt Stankiewitch gets positive review on NFL debut

I am not really sure what happened to the great NFL resource for all thing Penn State related, but in his absence I wanted to share this quick link to a story on former Nittany Lion Matt Stankiewitch. Stankiewitch made his NFL debut on Friday night for the New England Patriots in Philadelphia against the Eagles. The Patriots won the game and the former Penn State lineman received...
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August 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Penn State Media Day: Bill O'Brien discusses 2013 Nittany Lions

I was hoping to make it up to State College today for Penn State's media day, but after driving home from North Carolina on Wednesday I needed a day to stay at home instead of driving up to eight hours between rides to and from Beaver Stadium. But I was plugged in to what was going on at media day thanks to the wonderful world of Twitter and the Internet. Here are some of the...
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August 08, 2013  |  Discuss

The 2013 Story (Like it already happened), part 2

Here is part 2 of my tenth annual installment of the PSU football season story, written out of my Delorean in January 2014. Here's part 1 if you missed it. We made it through the first two Big Ten games undefeated but lost in a close one to UCF. Now, it's on to Columbus! Enjoy!   Penn State needed the bye week to rest up. Only 17 “week one” starters finished...
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August 06, 2013  |  Discuss

The 2013 Story (Like it already happened), Part 1

  The dawn of August means pre-season camps are upon us. It also means that it’s time to rekindle the decade-long tradition of telling you the story of 2013…before 2013 happens. I’ve come a long way since 2004 (when the offense-devoid Lions did not indeed make it to the Rose Bowl that I predicted).  But even when my predictions miss the mark completely, you can trust...
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August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Previewing Penn State with The B1G Time

The month of August means kickoff is just around the corner. As the calendars turned the page I had a chance to share some thoughts and opinions on Penn State's 2013 fortunes. I got a chance to finally put my season prediction on record for Athlon Sports (simply put, I'm skeptical), and I also talked about the Nittany Lions with The B1G Time in their Penn State episode in...
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August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Penn State has second best fans in Big Ten

Penn State fans are the second best in the Big Ten according to the world of analytics and statistics. According to a new report published by Emory Sports Marketing Analytics, based on a methodology taking a look at "how fans have supported their teams after controlling for how well the team performs [link]" over the past ten years, Penn State has the second best fans while...
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July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Penn State's John Urschel impresses at Big Ten Media Day luncheon

By now we all know the story of Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel. The guy is a mathematics wizard and represents the goals and initiatives of Joe Paterno's famed Grand Experiment and "Success with Honor" mantra down to the tee. Urschel was selected to speak to the media members and others who attended the Big Ten's luncheon on Thursday, which wraps up the...
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July 26, 2013  |  Discuss

NCAA Football 14 Simulation: Penn State hits a wall in a devastating way

The Crystal Ball Run NCAA Football '14 Simulation continues on after a day off and we continue to keep tabs on how Penn State is doing. If you recall, conference play opened up with a pair of overtime victories against Indiana and Michigan, while Tyler Ferguson has been taking over at quarterback in place of an injured Christian Hackenberg. Our season simulation continues...
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July 25, 2013  |  Discuss
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