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Franklin asks Herb Hand to relax off Pitt

Penn State and Pittsburgh will finally resume their series on the football field in 2016 with the start of a four-game series between the instate rivals. The build-up to that renewal of the series should continue to build in recruiting battles between the coaches at both schools, but James Franklin has asked one of his assistants to cool off a little bit on Twitter. During a live...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – PSU flips Pitt TE and lessons in social media

Another day, another player heading to Penn State. Also, a lesson in social networking habits and a round-up from around the Big Ten and beyond. Put an extra spoonful of sugar in your Cup of Joe this morning. You’ve earned it. Penn State recruiting updates Following a day with two defensive linemen added to the Class of 2015, Penn State pulled in a tight end on Monday. Nick Bowers...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State flips Pitt TE Nick Bowers for Class of 2015

I am already eager to see what Herb Hand will tweet next. Penn State added recruit No. 23 to the Class of 2015 by flexing some in-state muscle. Tight end Nick Bowers has switched his verbal commit from Pittsburgh to Penn State. Both Rivals and 247 Sports reported the recruiting update shortly after a signature commitment tweet was shared by James Franklin (when he was not cracking...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

James Franklin offers PSU player a reminder about Success With Honor

Some day college football players will learn not everything needs to be shared to the public. Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones found that out, as you may have heard by now, but things turned out OK for him. Maybe Penn State sophomore safety Bryant Harper will learn a lesson after being publicly scorned by his head coach on Twitter. On Monday, Harper took to Twitter to boast about...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

What Big Ten West team would you want Penn State to schedule?

Earlier today North Carolina and Wake Forest announced an upcoming home-and-home deal to be played in 2019 and 2021. Yes, two ACC schools agreed to play each other in a non-conference scheduling agreement. It is weird, but it may be the new reality of power conferences in college football when it comes to scheduling. With UNC and Wake Forest now set to play each other in non-conference...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – Penn State adds two recruits, PSU up to No. 10 in recruiting

This past weekend was a huge one for recruiting updates around the country, including Penn State. James Franklin and his staff added a pair of defensive linemen to the Class of 2015 and managed to move up the recruiting rankings a bit as well. Signing Day is next week, and there are still a few scholarships to fill. The next week and a half could be interesting to watch. Penn State...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State adds Philly defensive end Shareef Miller to Class of 2015

Penn State was not done adding to the Class of 2015 on Sunday. Following the commitment of defensive tackle Robert Windsor to this year’s recruiting class, one more defensive linemen joined the pack. Defensive end Shareef Miller, out of Philadelphia, committed to Penn State a day after getting to campus for a visit. Miller is a three-star player according to the 247 Sports composite...
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January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State adds DT Robert Windsor to Class of 2015

With National Signing Day coming up next week, Penn State has received a verbal commitment from Wisconsin defensive tackle Robert Windsor. Windsor made his commitment Sunday morning, just days after making an official visit to Penn State. Well, somebody committed to Penn State. RT @coachjfranklin: #WeAre…Better #107kStrong #PSUnrivaled — Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) January 25...
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January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Talking 10 Ranks B1G Bowl Performances

Over at Talking 10, our friends are ranking the Big Ten bowl game performances. I might be a bit biased here, but I think Penn State’s victory over Boston College is being a tad underrated, although four of the top five are easily a lock for those spots with Michigan State beating Baylor, Wisconsin topping Auburn and Ohio State turning in a pair of playoff victories.
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January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitt coaches taking a page from James Franklin’s recruiting playbook

Charles Caleb Cotton may be best known for the phrase “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Pittsburgh’s new coaching staff in western Pennsylvania must be fond of the way James Franklin conducts his recruiting efforts, because some sales pitches coming across social media this week shows some familiar pitches from Pitt coaches. Take a quick look at the Twitter feed...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Penn State head coach… Paul Chryst?

Not really sure what to make of this, other than maybe somebody responsible for some recruiting material at Wisconsin thought it would be more impressive if Paul Chryst was the former head coach of Penn State instead of Pittsburgh. Poor #Pitt been a rough few years w coaches “@JAKEHEINRICH1: @rivalsmike what's wrong with this picture? pic.twitter.com/R418Rf00Nn” — Mike Farrell...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Reviewing Penn State’s Scholarships: Offense

National Signing Day is just under two weeks away, and Penn State has a full set of scholarships to work with. It will still take a little bit of time before the program is back up to a full set of total scholarships, but James Franklin and the coaching staff are doing all they can right now to focus on adding depth at key positions in need, like offensive line. For a look at how...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Penn State of the Union

The 2014 college football season is in the books. It was quite a ride for Penn State football fans with a new head coach, a major shift in philosophy from the NCAA, expansion in the Big Ten and the age of autonomy becoming a reality, a cross-Atlantic flight to Ireland for the season opener and a bowl victory nobody could have possibly seen coming sitting where we were one year ago...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

James Franklin and Flavor Flav

No further explanation needed here. YeeeaaaaahhhhBoooy! #PSUnrivaled #107kStrong @FlavorFlav pic.twitter.com/FwLtkIUJh4 — James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) January 17, 2015
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January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Roar Restored: NCAA restores 112 Penn State wins

The time is 1:06 p.m. on a Friday. I texted my father, who I assumed may have been on his lunch break at the time. “NCAA restored all of Penn State’s vacated wins,” I sent. “Just saw that. It’s about time,” my father, a long-time season ticket holder despite actually being a graduate of West Chester University, responded. “Now… where’s that statue?” One thing...
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January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

When it comes to merchandise sales, Pennsylvania “Backs the Pac”

James Franklin is on a mission to dominate the state of Pennsylvania (and surrounding regions) in recruiting, and it seems as though he has more than a Big Ten problem. Apparently there is a rooting interest in the Oregon Ducks within the Keystone State. Darren Rovell, ESPN’s sports business reporter, shared this map of the United States with a breakdown of which College Football...
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January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Class of 2015: Dominate The State snapshot

National Signing Day is a few weeks away. Here’s a quick check on how James Franklin and his staff are fulfilling the attempt to dominate the state. Six 4-star players in Class of 2015 in Pennsylvania according to the @247Sports composite. Five are committed to #PSU. No. 1 to #Pitt — Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) January 10, 2015 Here is the top 10 in Pennsylvania according...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Transfer QB U: D.J. Crook transfers from Penn State to Albany

For the second time since the end of the regular season, Penn State is losing a quarterback to a transfer. D.J. Crook announced via Twitter Thursday evening he is transferring to Albany. Excited to be a part of Albany football!! — DJ crook (@juicebucket21) January 8, 2015 I’m leaving Penn State on good terms and I wish the team the best of luck in the future! #FOE — DJ crook...
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January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Feldman: Bob Shoop getting paid

Strong move for #PennState: DC Bob Shoop is expected to get a new 3-year deal at close to $1 Million per year, source tells @FoxSports. — Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 8, 2015
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January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

James Franklin’s most valuable recruit of 2015: Bob Shoop

Forget whatever happens over the course of the next month for Penn State on the recruiting trail. On Wednesday night, James Franklin got the most important verbal commitment he could have possibly received this year; defensive coordinator Bob Shoop. #WeAre…Better #107kStrong #PSUnrivaled — James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) January 8, 2015 Not too long after Franklin’s tweet...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Bob Shoop to interview at LSU for defensive coordinator job

Via College Football Talk… When LSU saw John Chavis leave the Tigers to take on the role of defensive coordinator at Texas A&M, a high-profile vacancy opened up at the SEC program in Baton Rouge. A former SEC defensive coordinator has now been connected as a possible target; Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop. Shoop, who left Vanderbilt for Penn State when James...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Pinstripe Bowl: Donovan Smith the punt returner (video)

As Penn State continues to work through some roster depth issues, perhaps James Franklin will want to give his offensive linemen a chance to run the football or return a punt. Donovan Smith was caught showing off his moves, perhaps hoping to catch the head coach’s eye.
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December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Yes, ESPN compared Sam Ficken to Derek Jeter

The narrative was certainly right there for the taking. Penn State kicker Sam Ficken, a team captain who has seen his fair share of ups and downs during his time in a Penn State uniform, was given the locker of New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter for the 2014 Pinstripe Bowl. He scored Penn State’s game-winning extra point in overtime victory against Boston College. A walk-off win...
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December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Pinstripe Bowl prices dropping as game approaches

The Penn State Nittany Lions (6-6) and Boston College Eagles (7-5) will travel to the Big Apple to play in The New Era Pinstripe Bowl on December 27th. Both teams feature top-ranked defenses, but the same cannot be said for their offenses. James Franklin’s Nittany Lions struggled on offense all season (117th out of 128 teams in FBS). Meanwhile, Steve Addazio’s offense (81st)...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Ohio State claims sack championship since Week 10, except…

On Wednesday morning Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer had this pop up on his Twitter feed… pic.twitter.com/K1hiWjJ5Cd — Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) December 17, 2014 After doing some quick research, I found this to be a very misleading stat. In fact, it’s just blatantly wrong. Not only is Ohio State not first in total sacks since Week 10, but the Buckeyes played more games...
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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