July 19, 2016
Perhaps concerned that Penn State's status as a national monument to sports-inspired mass delusion was not completely secure, more than 200 former football players recently petitioned university officials to reerect a bronze likeness of tarnished coaching legend Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium, which was removed four years ago as a sexual-abuse scandal shook State College. Then, just a week after this latest attempt to rewrite Penn State's modern history, a Philadelphia judge unsealed reports that convicted child predator and longtime Paterno assistant Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused children there - and that Paterno and other coaches knew about it - as long ago as the Ford administration.
July 16, 2016
ISSUE | PENN STATE SCANDAL Paterno is no hero Amen to sports columnist Mike Jensen's plea to refrain from bringing back the bronze statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno to Beaver Stadium ("Keep Paterno statue in a dark place," Wednesday). Imagine the impact Paterno could have had on the generations of young men he coached had they witnessed him firing his former assistant, child predator Jerry Sandusky. What a major life lesson they would have learned about the absolute imperative to protect our children.
July 7, 2016 |
More than 200 former Pennsylvania State University football players sent a letter to the school's board of trustees and president Eric Barron on Tuesday asking that the large bronze statue of their beloved coach, Joe Paterno, be returned to campus. "We have been told during the last four-plus years that the board and administration are waiting for the appropriate time to repair the damage they created," said Brian Masella, a former tight end and punter for the Nittany Lions and a 1975 alumnus.
June 15, 2016 |
The Penn State football team is scheduled to host Temple at noon on Sept. 17, the school announced Monday. The Nittany Lions opened the 2015 season at Temple, and the Owls earned a 27-10 win. The last time Temple visited Beaver Stadium, in 2014, Penn State won, 30-13. Penn State also announced it will open the 2016 season in Beaver Stadium against Kent State on Sept. 3 at 3:30 p.m.. Both the Temple and Kent State games are to be shown on the Big Ten Network. The Nittany Lions had already announced a visit to Pittsburgh on Sept.
May 5, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Watching those Nittany Lion home games may soon become even more palatable. A committee of Pennsylvania State University trustees on Thursday recommended that some fans be allowed to buy alcoholic beverages at Beaver Stadium, the Bryce Jordan Center and other athletic facilities on the University Park campus. The proposal is expected to win full board approval on Friday. Sales would occur only in private and controlled areas - including suites, club seats and reception areas - under the proposal.
April 17, 2016 |
Blue-White Game Saturday at 2 p.m., Beaver Stadium, State College Players to Watch: Redshirt sophomore Trace McSorley and redshirt freshman Tommy Stevens are competing for the quarterback job left vacant by Christian Hackenberg's move to the NFL. Head coach James Franklin has not named a starter and said the competition will resume in August at training camp. . . . New offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead has revamped the offense to more of a hurry-up, no-huddle attack. . . . The Nittany Lions are looking at improvements along the offensive line, and fresh bodies on the defensive line to replace three starters - Carl Nassib, Anthony Zettel and Austin Johnson.
April 17, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Saeed Blacknall felt he was well prepared for Penn State's first spring practice session in full pads, eager to join his teammates in trying out a fresh no-huddle, high-tempo offense installed by new offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead. "That's when we really got introduced to the tempo and being able to run your route and run the offense," Blacknall, a junior wide receiver, said earlier this week. "But after the sixth or seventh rep, we were exhausted and trying to get acclimated with the new tempo because last year we used to huddle a lot. "So this year it's a lot faster, back to back to back.
February 23, 2016 |
Last year, the NCAA gave back former Penn State coach Joe Paterno's football wins, vacated following the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse scandal. But so far the iconic bronze statue of the beloved coach that was removed from outside Beaver Stadium in 2012 remains hidden in a "secure location. " Penn State fans and the late coach's family may soon be able to see new replica statues that look nearly identical to the original. Paterno's upraised right hand, originally cast in a "Number One" gesture, will now be a defiantly clenched fist.
February 5, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - From Beaver Stadium to the Lasch Building war room, the football facilities on Penn State's campus buzzed Wednesday. Recruits faxed in their commitments in the morning as fans on campus celebrated. For the Nittany Lions, national signing day went off without many surprises, which meant coach James Franklin and his staff could breathe a collective sigh of relief. Shaka Toney, Penn State's only 2016 commit from the Philadelphia area, was still on the fence Tuesday night about where he should send his National Letter of Intent.
January 30, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE - Ever since it was disassembled in 1960 and relocated to an eastern edge of Penn State's campus, Beaver Stadium, like some '57 Chevy in Cuba, has been repaired, patched and, where possible, upgraded. But after 56 years, Happy Valley's most iconic structure is rusting, sputtering and due either for a major overhaul or replacement. "When you stand on the Beaver Stadium field at kickoff and there are 107,000 fans in the stands, there's not a better place in college football," said Phil Esten, Penn State's deputy director of athletics.