November 24, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - For each of the last seven seasons, the routine for Penn State was to finish up the regular-season schedule and prepare for 15 practices during which coaches spent valuable time on the field teaching younger players before their bowl game. But nothing for the Nittany Lions this season has been routine. The Lions wrap up 2012 and honor the team's 30 seniors in what should be an emotional pregame ceremony Saturday against Wisconsin at Beaver Stadium. But then they will put the footballs away as a result of NCAA sanctions that will keep them out of postseason play for this year and the next three.
November 19, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE - When Michael Mauti went down on the field in the first quarter, one could almost hear a pin drop in an eerily silent Beaver Stadium. It seemed that all 90,358 in attendance held their collective breath as the heart and soul of the Nittany Lions was examined by trainers. The senior leader, who proudly, passionately promised last summer that the Lions would "raise hell" every Saturday, was carted off the field with an injury to his left knee after a low block. That development overshadowed the 45-22 win over Indiana for the Lions (7-4, 5-2 Big Ten)
November 18, 2012
Kiera Missanelli is a senior journalism major at Pennsylvania State University Growing up, Penn State's magic was summed up to me in two words: hot chocolate . As a child of a Penn State dad, I was told stories of the magical land of State College on game day. The skies were gray, the clouds low, the autumn trees in brilliant shades of orange and red, and the air chilly. But nothing could defeat a great football team - nor the passion of its fans. My dad lured me in. "When we go to a football game," he said, "you can get a big mug of hot chocolate.
November 17, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - There are only two more games in which Mike Mauti and Matt McGloin will wear a Penn State uniform. There are only two more games for rookie coach Bill O'Brien to prove, despite adversity, his Nittany Lions (6-4, 4-2 Big Ten) don't want to quit. There will be no Big Ten title game, no bowl game, nothing until April's Blue and White scrimmage. But in this football-crazed town, is it possible that students don't care? Sanctioned Penn State closes out its 2012 campaign with Indiana on Saturday then Wisconsin on Nov. 24. It's the first time since 2008 that the Lions will end the regular season with back-to-back games at Beaver Stadium.
November 11, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - It was cold and damp Saturday, and at 10 a.m. Penn State's campus was mostly deserted. A blue school bus pulled up to Rec Hall and 10 prospective students, most accompanied by their parents, stepped onto the sidewalk. "This is where the women's volleyball team plays," said the group's guide, a peppy student wearing a navy windbreaker. "They won four consecutive national championships and are awesome. They are one of the reasons I love this school. " The group continued on, walking toward the main mall of academic buildings.
October 28, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - It was two hours before kickoff of Penn State's biggest game of the year, and a 17-year-old wearing a navy sweat suit weaved through a sea of white-clad fans outside Beaver Stadium. He was the biggest celebrity in sight. Fans stopped to say hello to Christian Hackenberg, the five-star quarterback orally committed to play for Penn State next season. They high-fived him. They wished him luck in his senior season at Fork Union Military Academy (Va.). They wanted to thank him for sticking with his commitment to the Nittany Lions, even through the crippling NCAA sanctions, even through Penn State's 0-2 start.
October 26, 2012 |
Corey Brown has his tickets, about 25 in all, ready to distribute among his mother, cousins, other family members, and friends from the Philadelphia area and elsewhere for what should be a special atmosphere at Beaver Stadium when unbeaten Ohio State and Penn State do battle. But for Brown, the Cardinal O'Hara graduate who is the Buckeyes' leading receiver, Saturday night is just another day at the office. "It's real exciting to come back home," Brown said Wednesday night. "But then again, we're not going to treat this as any bigger than any other game.
October 26, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE - In essence, the Penn State community has been waiting for Saturday for 3 months. When NCAA president Mark Emmert announced on July 23 that Happy Valley's favorite football program would be hammered with unprecedented sanctions because of an "athletic culture gone horribly awry" with regard to the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, it was evident that Penn State football would not be the same for years. The Nittany Lions can't play in a bowl or postseason game until the 2016 season.
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.
October 14, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The student section erupted into "Zombie Nation. " The fans jumped up and down and shook blue and white pom-poms. They searched for the Nittany Lion wandering somewhere in the crowd. It felt like Beaver Stadium on a Saturday afternoon. Instead, it was a Penn State hockey game on a Friday night - perhaps the newest obsession for this football-crazed school. Penn State played - and lost - the first Division I hockey game in school history at Greenberg Pavilion, a small, yellow-tinted facility that shares a parking lot with the football training complex.