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.
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.
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. "
February 6, 2015 |
James Franklin received plenty of attention - and some criticism - during his introductory news conference as Penn State's new head coach about 13 months ago when he said he wanted to "dominate the state" in recruiting. On Wednesday, he came to the same podium in the Beaver Stadium press room to talk about the Nittany Lions' signed recruiting class of 2015, armed with numbers showing that he pretty much did what he said he intended to do. "We had seven of the top 10 players in the state of Pennsylvania, the most in more than a decade," Franklin said.
May 8, 2013
Penn State will play three night games during the 2013 season, two in Beaver Stadium. Monday, the Nittany Lions announced that their Sept. 14 game against Central Florida will start at 6 p.m. The contest will air on the Big Ten Network. It will be the first evening BTN telecast from Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions will also play in the evening this season against Michigan (Oct. 12, 5 p.m.) and at Ohio State (Oct. 26, 8 p.m.).
October 16, 2012
Penn State's game against Ohio State on Oct. 27 at Beaver Stadium is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff, the Big Ten announced. The game, originally scheduled for 6 p.m., will be televised by ESPN.