June 7, 2013 |
THE FLYERS have a familiar face returning to scout the goaltending crop in Europe. Former Flyers goaltender Antero Niittymaki, who recently retired after a season in the Finnish Elite League, was hired by the team on Wednesday to not only identify European goaltending prospects but skaters as well. "You don't need to spend much time with Antero to get a feel for his knowledge of all aspects of the game, and what it takes to play at the highest level," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said.
September 8, 2010 |
Much was said about the cool head and calm demeanor of true freshman Rob Bolden after his impressive debut as Penn State's starting quarterback - a victory over an opponent from a lower-level program in the friendly confines of Beaver Stadium. But how will the 18-year-old Bolden react Saturday at top-ranked Alabama, when 100,000-plus hostile fans make enough noise to drown out a spacebound rocket at liftoff and the Crimson Tide appear to have 22 players on defense instead of 11?
October 13, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Allen Robinson was a late bloomer in high school, having grown in size and skill after most of the major colleges, including Michigan, decided to pass on making the wide receiver an offer when he played in the Detroit suburb of Orchard Lake, Mich. "They really didn't have too much interest in me, I would say," Robinson said this week. Penn State saw enough of Robinson during its successful recruitment of highly regarded quarterback Rob Bolden, Robinson's teammate at St. Mary's Prep in Orchard Lake, to eventually make the receiver an offer.
October 26, 1991 |
Eighteen times since 1954, the West Virginia Mountaineers have gone into Happy Valley and gotten burned. They would like to continue putting their hands in the fire. Today (ESPN, 4 p.m.), eighth-ranked Penn State (6-2) will welcome West Virginia (5-2) to Beaver Stadium for the final time until probably late in the decade. After next season, when these two long-standing rivals square off in Morgantown, W.V., the series will be discontinued because Penn State joins the Big Ten in 1993.
September 1, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - It was Thursday night, a few minutes before 9, and Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin stood on the pavement outside Beaver Stadium, flanked by teammates Matt Stankiewitch and Eric Shrive. The trio looked on as a group of their peers - about 240 - huddled in a circle and began to jump up and down. "We love you, we love you," the group chanted as the individuals banged on trash cans, flailed their arms in the air, and twirled in circles. "And that is why we follow.
September 9, 1993 |
Rob Holmberg waited to do something on a football field he'd always remember. He waited and waited. For five years, to be exact. And when that first memorable moment finally came last Saturday at Beaver Stadium, Holmberg was playing a position he had never dreamed he'd be playing, for a university he never anticipated attending. That's how unpredictable college football can be. Holmberg is a 6-foot-3, 215-pound outside linebacker for Penn State from Mount Pleasant, Pa., who runs with the speed and grace of an antelope.
November 7, 1997 |
The wind can howl. Mark Smith won't mind. The rain can pour down. Smith won't mind. The Penn State Blue Band can strike up "Fight on, State. " That's when Smith might start to mind. Smith, a computer expert for a paper company in Wayne, is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a loyal Wolverines football fan. Tomorrow, he will sit in a corner of Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., watching Michigan play Penn State. It promises to be a lonely afternoon for Smith and his friends.
November 16, 1989 |
Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz knows that he has diminished the chances of quarterback Tony Rice in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Rice has passed little this season, and most of the Irish's rushing touchdowns have been scored by running backs Ricky Watters and Anthony Johnson. Also, Rice has stood on the sidelines in the late stages of blowouts, with Holtz giving his backups work. Holtz calls Rice a complete quarterback - a leader, a strong runner and a competent passer. "But I don't believe there's any way in the world that we could get the statistics for Tony Rice that would impress other people without being detrimental to the overall goals of the University of Notre Dame," Holtz said.
November 14, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Matt Rhule fondly remembers Oct. 29, 1994. In his first season as a walk-on, Rhule said he wasn't a factor when then-No. 1 ranked Penn State thrashed No. 21 Ohio State, 63-14. Sure, he didn't play, but that didn't matter much to Rhule. "I'll never forget that energy there," Rhule said. "It was a special day. " That blowout of the Buckeyes isn't the lone highlight of Rhule's playing days at Penn State from 1994 to '97. In fact, the Temple head coach said some of the happiest times of his life took place within the confines of Beaver Stadium.
September 2, 2009 |
Coach: Joe Paterno (44th season, 383-127-3) Last year: 11-2 overall, 7-1 Big Ten Conference (co-champion with Ohio State), No. 8 final national ranking, Rose Bowl loss to Southern California On the Web: GoPSUSports.com Ticket info: Another season opener, another sellout of 107,000 plus in Beaver Stadium. Worth watching: Sean Lee was everybody's preseason All-America at linebacker last season until he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in an April 2008 practice.