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January 28, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - A snow-covered field in Centre County, especially one so near to fetid cow barns and massive Beaver Stadium, seems an odd place to honor the longtime superintendent of a golf course 150 miles away. But here, amid small fir trees on a remote corner of Penn State's vast campus, stands a small fieldstone memorial to the namesake of the surrounding Joseph E. Valentine Turfgrass Research Center. That rock, rising above the mid-January whiteness like an Alpine peak, was dug from the ground at Merion Golf Club's historic 11th hole.
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January 17, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Funny how nobody talks much anymore about Joe Paterno's statue. Much like that 900-pound likeness the university removed last summer from outside Beaver Stadium, the late Penn State coach's legacy once seemed destined to endure forever. Now, almost a year after Paterno's death, it is melting away rapidly, like the last vestiges of a snowfall in spring. The tumult provoked by the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the red-hot debate over Paterno's response, and the fears about Penn State football's future all have eased somewhat, even if the torment of Sandusky's child victims has not. Sandusky is in prison.
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January 8, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Because he is a coach, and the NFL is the "highest level of coaching," Bill O'Brien said he felt a need to check out some of the opportunities he had to return to the pros as a head coach before deciding he would remain at Penn State. However, in explaining his reasons why he stayed, O'Brien emphatically denied Monday that influential university donor Terry Pegula pledged $1.3 million to add to his contract or that he imposed any demands on acting athletic director Dave Joyner to gain more influence within the athletic department.
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January 8, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Because he is a coach, and the NFL is the "highest level of coaching," Bill O'Brien said he felt a need to check out some of the opportunities he had to return to the pros as a head coach before deciding he would remain at Penn State. However, in explaining his reasons why he stayed, O'Brien emphatically denied Monday that influential university donor Terry Pegula pledged $1.3 million to add to his contract or that he imposed any demands on acting athletic director Dave Joyner to gain more influence within the athletic department.
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November 24, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 19, 2012 | BY TIM GILBERT, Daily News Staff Writer
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)
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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.
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November 17, 2012 | By Emily Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 11, 2012 | By Emily Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 28, 2012 | By Emily Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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