November 24, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - When Matt Freeman said he wanted to become the feature baton twirler for Pennsylvania State University, his high school principal in southern California laughed and told him he needed realistic dreams. "I have proved him wrong in everything he's ever told me," Freeman said. For 31/2 years, Freeman - six times a world champion - has dazzled crowds at Beaver Stadium as feature twirler for the Penn State Blue Band. He twirls five batons at once, tosses them high, rolls them on his neck and bounces them like boomerangs.
August 23, 2001 |
As a 32-year-old assistant in 1959, Joe Paterno told Penn State head coach Rip Engle that Nittany Lions football was headed for ruination. Paterno's dire prediction was prompted by the news that Beaver Field was going to be dismantled into 700 pieces and moved a mile east from the heart of the campus to a rural area. Only the displaced cows that grazed along the new site were more put out than Paterno. "I thought the stadium was already in an ideal spot," Paterno said. "I told Rip it would ruin football at Penn State.
October 27, 1994 |
Eddie George was so infatuated with Penn State football as a youngster that even his daydreams were in blue and white. The setting was the lush Beaver Stadium turf, and he'd close his eyes and imagine himself falling in line with all the great tailbacks who have passed through Happy Valley. Those dreams were fueled by his memory of jumping up and down in front of his television as a 13-year-old, watching the Nittany Lions grab the 1986 national championship with their win over Miami in the Fiesta Bowl.
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.
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.
September 18, 2010
Who: Kent State (1-1) at No. 22 Penn State (1-1) When: Today, 12:01 p.m. Where: Beaver Stadium, State College TV: ESPN2. Radio: WNTP (990-AM), WPNV (1440-AM)
September 11, 2012
The time for the Temple football game at Penn State on Sept. 22 has been set for 3:30 p.m. at Beaver Stadium. 6ABC or ESPN2 will televise the game.
January 29, 2013
Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner announced Monday that Virginia will not play a football game on Sept. 14 at Beaver Stadium in order to play its own home game on that date. "We are working with Virginia to reschedule the game for Beaver Stadium in a future season," Joyner said in a statement. "We have begun discussions to find an opponent for the Sept. 14. "
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.
August 31, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Along one side of College Avenue, striking new classroom buildings and residence halls lend this edge of Penn State's campus a 21st-century glow. But on the opposite side of the town's busiest thoroughfare, it feels like 1985. There, like The Great Gatsby 's all-seeing Dr. T.J. Eckleburg, the bespectacled image of Joe Paterno still looms over Happy Valley like a watchful deity. Merchandise shops display life-size cutouts of the legendary Nittany Lions coach, who died in 2012.