1986 PSU team to be feted
Penn State will honor its 1986 unbeaten national championship football team when the 2011 Nittany Lions meet Iowa on Oct. 8 in their Big Ten home opener.
The 1986 Nittany Lions completed a 12-0 season when they defeated No. 1 Miami (Fla.), 14-10, in the championship game, earning their second national title in 4 years.
In the "Duel in the Desert," on Jan. 2, 1987, in Tempe, Ariz., the Lions picked off Hurricanes quarterback Vinny Testaverde five times to help secure the victory. The final interception of the night was hauled in by linebacker Pete Giftopoulos inside the Penn State 5-yard line as Testaverde took one last shot at the end zone on fourth-and-goal. Giftopoulos ran the ball out to the 10-yard line before falling to the ground with 9 seconds left, securing the victory.
The 1986 team is one of five Paterno-led teams that finished the season undefeated, joining the 1968 (11-0), 1969 (11-0), 1973 (12-0) and 1994 (12-0) squads.
Union fan James steps down
Sons of Ben co-founder Brian James stepped down as president of the Union's supporters club. James, who led and helped the SOBs become an internationally recognized fan group, wrote in a statement released via Twitter that "time commitment" to his regular day job was a factor in his decision.
He will be replaced by Matt Ansbro, who formerly served as vice president. Taking over the vice role will be Corey Furlan, who has been on the group's board since its inception.