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Penn State vs. Temple: 10 possibly interesting facts

Penn State opens up the 2015 season on the road this weekend against the Temple Owls. Here are some facts about the series and Temple you may find interesting. 1. The last time Temple beat Penn State, the Owls took a 3-1 series lead Before the series slanted totally in favor of the Nittany Lions, Temple took control of the series in the earlier years of the in-state rivalry. Temple’s...
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August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Nittany Lions Den Podcast: Episode 1.03 – All about preseason rankings

Because all of this matters The start of the college football season is nearly here, and it is time to take a quick look at the preseason rankings. The Associate dPress released its preseason top 25 poll on Sunday, and Talking 10 has put together a preseason Big Ten ranking. Those are the topics of conversation today as Andy Coppens joins the show briefly to recap some thoughts...
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Talking 10 Power Poll: PSU debuts at No. 5

With college football getting started up in just a number of days, Talking 10 has assembled a preseason power ranking with the help of a panel of voters from around the Big Ten blogosphere. For a second straight season, I have been invited to cast a ballot each week. There will be a new ranking each week of the season, and things will be slightly different this season. Last year...
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August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Ex-Penn State QB Tyler Ferguson now an Ex-Louisville QB too

Tyler Ferguson is reportedly transferring out of Louisville When Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien added Tyler Ferguson to the roster in 2013, it was seen as a decent alternative to landed Jake Waters out of the junior college ranks. Waters ended up going to Kansas State instead of Penn State, but O’Brien adding Ferguson was not a bad move at the time as he needed depth. Ferguson...
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August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State Class of 2016: Four-star DT Karamo Dioubate joins the wild dogs

Penn State opens the 2015 season in the city of Philadelphia against Temple, but on Sunday Penn State already won a prize in the City of Brotherly Love. Defensive tackle Karamo Dioubate of Philadelphia Prep Charter committed to the Nittany Lions on Sunday, adding a four-star player to the defensive line. Dioubate is rated as a four-star talent according to the 247 Sports composite...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe: Yes, Penn State’s schedule is incredibly favorable at the start

25 days and counting… By now Penn State fans are fully aware how favorable the first half of Penn State’s football schedule looks. Penn State will not leave the state of Pennsylvania until mid-October when it heads to Columbus, Ohio to take on the defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes. The lone road contest in the first six games of the year will be played in Philadelphia...
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August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – PSU dismisses freshman and Michigan Stadium was in a pool

26 days and counting… Over the weekend Penn State announced with a brief, one-sentence statement through email the program has dismissed freshman linebacker Daiquan Kelly. The reason for the dismissal was simply explained as a violation of team rules, which tends to serve up more questions that it answers. Alas, the news was surprising and suggests there was something rather...
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August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State dismisses Class of 2015 LB Daiquan Kelly

One of the key additions to Penn State’s Class of 2015 has been dismissed from the program. On Saturday morning the Penn State athletics department sent out a brief statement announcing freshman linebacker Daiquan Kelly has been dismissed from the program due to a violation of team rules. The reason for the dismissal is unknown at this time, although the severe discipline would...
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August 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe: James Franklin goes through the carwash

31 days and counting… Penn State coach James Franklin spent a good chunk of his Tuesday making the rounds on ESPN’s campus in Bristol. From the bits and pieces I got a chance to see, and I admit it wasn’t much due to some conflicting plans, it seemed like most of the usual stuff you get from Franklin about the current state of the program moving forward and into this season...
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August 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe: Penn State basketball has its day in the sun

32 days and counting… I like to be honest with anyone who reads this site. If you are looking for thoughts on Penn State basketball, this is not the place to go. I’ll stick to Penn State football on this corner of the Internet. That said, I did find it rather interesting to see Penn State’s basketball program pick up a four-star recruit yesterday. I will just direct you over...
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August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe: One month closer to Penn State vs. Temple

33 days and counting… We flipped the page on our wall calendars this weekend, that is if any of you still use a wall calendar. We have now moved from July to August to bring us one month closer to the start of Penn State’s football season. Your Nittany Lions will open the new season in Lincoln Financial Field against the Temple Owls, so you might want to pay mild attention to...
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August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Nittany Lion Sports Radio app is on Apple’s iTunes Store

Download the Nittany Lion Sports Radio in iTunes If you have an Apple device then you can now download the brand new Nittany Lion Sports Radio app from VSporto. Downloading the app allows you to listen to the Nittany Lions Den Podcast and all of the other great shows on the network focusing squarely on the Nittany Lions any time. On demand Penn State audio commentary at your fingertips...
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August 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 10 Power-5 Opponents for future Penn State schedules

The Big Ten has a new scheduling commitment among athletic directors that will call for no more games against FCS opponents as well as the addition of one opponent from a power conference every season, starting in 2016. Penn State currently meets that commitment with power conference opponents from 2016-2019 with Pittsburgh, 2020 and 2025 with Virginia Tech and 2023 and 2024 with...
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August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

How will Penn State fulfill new Big Ten scheduling commitment?

Big Ten’s new scheduling commitment is good for fans, even better for TV. How will Penn State fulfill its new scheduling obligations? Anyone who has followed Penn State football for as long as I have been paying attention has likely discussed Penn State’s relatively weak approach to non-conference scheduling at one point or another. In 2006 Penn State added Youngstown State...
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August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

James Franklin on Philly SportsTalk

Before making the flight to Chicago to be there for Big Ten media days on Friday, Penn State head coach James Franklin attended the Philadelphia Phillies game against the Atlanta Braves Thursday night. Franklin tossed out the ceremonial first pitch (from the top of the mound) for THON night at the Phillies. While in town, Franklin checked in with Philly SportsTalk on CSN Philly and...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – Big Ten media day is here

Things get started today in Chicago The annual gathering of Big Ten coaches, players and media in Chicago opens today. The two-day event gets underway with Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Maryland, Iowa, Indiana and Illinois sending their coaches and players through the media circuits. That means we’ll hear from Urban Meyer, Mark Dantonio, Randy Edsall and Tim Beckman...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Sports on Earth: Zettel, Hackenberg among top 100 players

Penn State has two of the top 100 players in the nation according to a top 100 list compiled by Matt Brown of Sports on Earth. Anthony Zettel comes in at No. 18, the fourth highest-ranked defensive lineman on the list, and second-highest ranked defensive tackle behind Robert Nkemdiche of Ole Miss (Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa is ranked No. 1 overall). The only other Penn State...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – Penn State caught in middle of Backyard (Twitter) Brawl

Penn State has upcoming series with both Pittsburgh and West Virginia, caught in the middle of the feud Earlier this offseason we saw new Pittsburgh head coach (and former Michigan State defensive coordinator) Pat Narduzzi openly suggest he would love to rekindle an annual rivalry game with Penn State. We will get a brief four-year resurrection of the in-state series starting next...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Nittany Lions Den Podcast: Episode 1.02 – Previewing the Ohio State Buckeyes

Getting a look at Ohio State with Joe Dexter Ohio State is coming off not only a Big Ten championship in 2015, but a national championship as well. Outside of Virginia Tech, Penn State may have given Alabama the toughest battle for 60 minutes (and then some) last season, which should be seen as a positive for the program moving forward. And as the media has voiced already, the Buckeyes...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – Big Ten media poll results, the Big 16 and more

We could have had Oklahoma and Texas A&M, but got Rutgers and Maryland? Oof!…? Penn State was picked to finish third in the Big Ten this upcoming season by a selected panel of voters from throughout the Big Ten, as conducted by Cleveland.com. Ohio State was the runaway favorite, as expected. A third place finish feels appropriate and respectable for Penn State this season...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Big Ten media unimously picks Ohio State to win B1G, Penn State 3rd in East

It’s that time of the year again. Big Ten media days kick off later this week, which means Cleveland.com organized an official unofficial Big Ten media poll to predict how things will end up this fall around the conference. To the surprise of nobody, Ohio State is a heavy favorite. A unanimous favorite, in fact. Penn State seems to be well respected around the conference’s media...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – Yep, Penn State football lives on

Hey, what do you know. Penn State football still exists! Well, here we are. Penn State football is still here and getting ready for the 2015 season. They may even be good. Maybe even sleeper good. But let’s not get too carried away just yet. It is amazing though to think about just how far this program has come in the past three years. We are now three years removed from the NCAA...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

With NCAA sanction era in rear view, Penn State still ticking

Three summers ago Penn State’s football program was thought to be wiped as much from existence as a program can get this side of the SMU death penalty. The NCAA dropped a three-ton anvil on the program following the release of the Freeh Report related to the university’s handling of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and his sickening crimes against children both on and off...
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July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State Travels To Ohio State For Most Expensive Game in 2015

In a whirlwind of a season, which began with a new head coach and sanctions that were supposed to keep the Penn State Nittany Lions out of bowl participation, things surely went better than expected. James Franklin’s first season resulted in a 7-6 record and a Pinstripe Bowl victory over Boston College, something that was impossible as the team practiced throughout the summer in...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe: Penn State’s big recruiting week

I made a cup of coffee this morning without placing a mug under the machine. Hope your week is off to a better start than mine. Penn State’s last big push on the summer camp schedule ended nicely for James Franklin and company. Penn State added a pair of players to the Class of 2016 haul, which came days after landing the commitment of a talented quarterback. The day got off to...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss
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