February 6, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin scrolled through his Twitter feed. Between swift swipes of his finger, the Penn State coach looked up to watch ESPN's national signing day coverage on a large flat-screen TV. He peered back down through his glasses and surveyed the thick binder in front of him. On his second signing day in Happy Valley, Franklin spent the morning inside the "war room," an upstairs space in the Lasch Football Building on the university's...
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.
January 22, 2015
ISSUE | STATE OF UNION Steady course President Obama presented commonsense investments that will allow our economy to continue to grow ("Long division," Jan. 21). Six years into his presidency, the numbers don't lie: Our economy is booming, and unemployment is down to prerecession levels. While Obama doesn't deserve all the credit, his policies are largely working. Whether it's making college more accessible or providing more tax cuts for the middle class, his proposals will be strategic investments that can benefit not just the middle class but the broader society, and continue the momentum.
January 19, 2015 |
The line you hear in college sports is that the NCAA is not merely a building full of bureaucrats at a headquarters in Indianapolis; it includes the schools, all of them. You just don't meet too many people who work at those schools who believe the NCAA did the right thing with its over-the-top Penn State sanctions. NCAA president Mark Emmert pulled off the impossible in 2012 with those sanctions, turning Penn State into a legitimately aggrieved party in one aspect of the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal.
January 18, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - They gathered to celebrate Joe Paterno's 409 wins. But the most vocal at a rally at Pennsylvania State University on Friday night made it clear they were not yet satisfied. Chants of "We want the statue" punctuated the peaceful night, as several hundred people celebrated Friday's announcement that the NCAA's consent decree - which levied strict sanctions on the football program in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex-abuse scandal - would be altered and 111 previously vacated Paterno wins from 1998 to 2012 would be restored.
December 30, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Sam Ficken lined up next to his kneeling holder and, with his head down looking at the torn-up field, counted three steps back. Penn State's senior placekicker picked his head up and stared at the uprights directly in front of him for a brief moment. The lanky, 6-2, 186-pound Indiana native then took two steps to the left and twisted his shoulders right to left. He was ready; ready to deliver Penn State its most significant, far-reaching win in years. The Nittany Lions (7-6)
December 19, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - At any given home game, Beaver Stadium houses about 100,000 offensive coordinators. Rare cheers and frequent jeers set the tone for Penn State's offense this year. It was a middling group with chronic issues, faulty execution and, what's most talked about, less-than-stellar play-calling. But regardless of fans' feelings, there's only one offensive coordinator at Penn State. His name is John Donovan, and for the first time since preseason media days, he spoke to the media about the season.
December 11, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - After defeating Temple on Nov. 15, Penn State became bowl-eligible, and from that point forward, the question of where the Nittany Lions would go in their first postseason opportunity since 2011 was a waiting game. First-year head coach James Franklin, athletic director Sandy Barbour and the rest of the Lions found out on Sunday that Penn State (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten) is Big Apple-bound, slated to play Boston College (7-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 27 at Yankee Stadium.
December 5, 2014 |
THE MUCKETY-MUCKS at Penn State must be cringing. Someone forgot to make sure convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky was taken off the list of fans who receive letters from head football coach James Franklin asking for support. Onwardstate.com said it obtained a copy of the letter from filmmaker John Ziegler, who wrote the book "The Framing of Joe Paterno," and who operates the website FramingPaterno.com. "I got it from someone at the Sandusky home when the letter was received," Ziegler told the Daily News in a email yesterday.
December 1, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - With one last singing of the university alma mater and an unemphatic trot off their home field, Penn State's seniors solemnly bade farewell to a half-empty Beaver Stadium. Unlike the euphoria that followed the Nittany Lions' last two regular-season finales - both upset victories - Saturday's postgame emotion wasn't savored. "Because we lost the game," senior linebacker Mike Hull said after the 34-10 drubbing by Michigan State. "It wasn't a good feeling. We got our butts kicked, so we just wanted to get out of there and get away from it. " The Lions (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten)