April 22, 2015 |
Last July, when Penn State finally replaced an interim athletic director who had endured 987 days in the turbulent wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, it hired a woman. A year earlier, when a videotaped tirade by the men's basketball coach surfaced and cost Rutgers' athletic director his job, the New Jersey school did the same. So did Arizona State in 2005 after a football player was charged with murder. When other Division I schools, such as Penn and Eastern Michigan, have experienced sharp downturns in athletic fortunes, they too have turned to women to reinvigorate their slumping programs.
December 9, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Happy Valley is in a "New York State of Mind. " A few days after Billy Joel performed at the Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State kept the theme going when it was announced last evening that the Nittany Lions will play in the Pinstripe Bowl. Penn State (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten) will face Boston College (7-5, 4-4 ACC) on Dec. 27 at Yankee Stadium in its first postseason appearance since 2011. "I think there are a lot of unique opportunities that go with this," Penn State coach James Franklin said.
February 25, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE Over three days of nonstop movement, Penn Staters turned the Bryce Jordan Center, typically a basketball venue, into what one student called "the biggest celebration of life you can possibly have. " "I think this is the epitome of how to live your life," senior Emma Gregory said of THON, Penn State's annual 46-hour dance marathon to raise money for pediatric cancer. In its 42nd year, THON raised a record $13.34 million, up from last year's tally of $12,374,034.46.
February 7, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin pulled out all the stops when he welcomed his first recruits to Penn State. Wednesday was college football's national signing day, when high school players made their commitments official, and Franklin introduced the Nittany Lions' newest 25 players that evening at the Bryce Jordan Center. In front of a "whiteout" crowd, Franklin described each of Penn State's incoming freshmen for next season. Twenty players faxed in their signatures to the coaching staff that morning.
February 6, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Troy Reeder committed to Penn State nearly a year ago, and the Salesianum product was dead set on playing his college ball in Happy Valley. But for Reeder and the rest of the Nittany Lions' 2014 recruiting class, there was a 2-week span from late December to early January where a sure thing saw its way out, and uncertainty swept in. From the time rumors of Bill O'Brien's eventual departure from Penn State swirled to the time James Franklin was introduced as his successor, oral commitments had to reconsider their future.
November 20, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE - Playing in his city's famous basketball arena, Penn State shooting guard D.J. Newbill said he got a taste of "Philly competition" Saturday, when he engaged in some trash talk in a win against Penn at the Palestra. The former Strawberry Mansion standout and the Nittany Lions' leading returning scorer will get another chance to exchange words and baskets with a Big 5 opponent at 7 tonight when La Salle (2-1) visits the Bryce Jordan Center. "The competition level they bring each and every night is crazy," Newbill said of the Big 5. "For us to go into Penn and beat Penn on their home court was big for us. It was a huge step for us and our program, and for La Salle coming back here will be a great test for us. " Newbill is in his second season at Penn State, transferring to play for Newtown Square native Pat Chambers after spending his freshman campaign at Southern Mississippi.
February 18, 2013 |
For Jeff Bruskin, 21, a senior international politics and philosophy major, the annual Penn State Dance Marathon known as Thon is a way to show the side of the university that has been all but drowned out the last few years. "It's not as big as our football culture, but our dance marathon, we are proud to say, is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. " This weekend, after 46 hours of non-sit-down dancing by 710 dancers and a capacity crowd at the Bryce Jordan Center, the students announced that a record $12.3 million had been raised - putting the total collected for pediatric cancer since Thon began in 1973 at more than $100 million.
December 28, 2012 |
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - Out here in the dark last week, on a street primarily illuminated by a gleaming front-lawn Santa Claus display in which the father of Christmas commands a single-propeller plane instead of a sleigh, there is a small house with a punching bag in the driveway instead of a car. Adam Breneman works out in this house's garage. You already might be able to guess this garage doesn't contain a car, either. What it lacks in standard automotive potential, it makes up for in might and force and similarly intimidating nouns, such as power.
December 10, 2012 |
The odds weren't good for Maggie Lucas on the break against two backpedaling Georgetown Hoyas before one defender tripped and Penn State's prolific shooting guard stopped suddenly in the lane to create space for an easy jumper. Whether wide open from the corner for threes or creating havoc in transition, Lucas, a Germantown Academy product, was a problem all day for Georgetown in the 10th-ranked Lions' easy, 97-74 victory Sunday afternoon in State College, Pa. Lucas set a career high and Bryce Jordan Center scoring record - for men and women - with 39 points, backcourt mate Alex Bentley added 23, and Penn State's potent transition game throttled the Hoyas early.
December 2, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - On Saturday afternoon, interstate rivals Penn and Penn State - both raw, unproven, and searching for an identity - collided at the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn's roster has no seniors. The Quakers have already endured a five-game losing streak in a season that began less than a month ago. Penn State, meanwhile, is in improvisation mode, learning to play without all-everything senior guard Tim Frazier, out for the year with a ruptured Achilles. The Nittany Lions (4-3)