September 5, 2002 |
West Virginia's Mountaineer mascot may shoot his musket at Saturday's game against Wisconsin, after all. Wisconsin athletic department officials originally denied the mascot permission to fire the weapon at Camp Randall Stadium, saying university policy prohibits weapons on campus. Wisconsin athletic director Pat Richter yesterday asked chancellor John Wiley to make an exception to the policy. Wiley agreed. "Obviously there was a segment of the population that was unhappy about it," Wisconsin athletic department spokesman Justin Doherty said of the initial decision.
October 31, 2005 |
The most frightening moment of Michael Robinson's career occurred last season at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., when the Badgers' fierce defensive end, Erasmus James, put him out for three weeks with a crushing hit on a sack. Robinson eventually recovered from the concussion he suffered, but Penn State didn't. The Nittany Lions' 16-3 loss that day sent them into free fall as they went on to lose their next five games during a dreary 4-7 season. And even though Penn State coach Joe Paterno warns his players never to speak publicly of payback, there's little doubt Robinson would enjoy a bit of vengeance.
October 5, 2002 |
Jimmy Kennedy, Penn State's veteran defensive tackle, moaned about a lack of passion in the play of some of his teammates, saying some were more concerned about themselves than the team. Another senior, outspoken running back Larry Johnson, the Big Ten Conference leader in total yardage, refused to offer his thoughts after last week's 42-35 overtime loss to Iowa, and didn't bother to show this week for a scheduled teleconference with the media. Is the psyche of the Nittany Lions this fragile?
November 21, 1998 |
Penn State desperately needs a road victory over a ranked opponent to validate itself and gather some steam for the future, since the vast majority of the Nittany Lions return next season. Wisconsin must win and hope Ohio State knocks off Michigan so the Badgers and their wildly zealous fans can make plans for Pasadena and the Rose Bowl. Indeed, there's something at stake for each team when No. 16 Penn State (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) steps into noisy Camp Randall Stadium today to face No. 13 Wisconsin (9-1, 6-1)
September 25, 2004 |
Ready or not, the Penn State Nittany Lions today begin a demanding stretch of games against five Big Ten Conference teams that are currently ranked when they face No. 20 Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium. During the week leading into today's game, Penn State players put its significance in blunt terms. "A win would put us back on the map," said junior Scott Paxson, a 275-pound defensive tackle from Roman Catholic High School who must contend with another brawny offensive line, which averages 306 pounds from tackle to tackle.
September 22, 1999 |
Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez will undergo knee-replacement surgery next month because of severe pain that has made him barely able to sleep the past couple of weeks. Alvarez, seated in a wheelchair, said Tuesday that the surgery is planned for Oct. 5 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. That's three days after the 20th-ranked Badgers play at No. 12 Ohio State. "I've never been sick a day in my life. I'd never had a stitch until I came here," said Alvarez, the coach at Wisconsin since 1990.
November 25, 2011 |
MATT MCGLOIN has been at Penn State since the summer of 2008. Tom Bradley has been on the Nittany Lions' coaching staff for 33 years, plus 4 years he spent as a defensive back and special-teams stalwart for Joe Paterno in the mid- to late 1970s. You wouldn't think that two individuals who have been around each other as long as these guys would suddenly need to become better acquainted, almost to the point where formal introductions were necessary. But until he was named as Paterno's interim successor in the late-night purge of Nov. 9, Bradley had exclusively worked with the defense since 1988, the year after he spent his one and only season with the offense as wide receivers coach.
November 5, 2006 |
Amid the postgame wreckage of broken bones, damaged legs, injured knees, sore shoulders, and the familiar purple toll of welts and bruises, it was the punctured spirits that hurt Penn State the most yesterday. "We definitely wanted to beat a ranked team," sighed linebacker Paul Posluszny, downcast despite having become the Nittany Lions' all-time leading tackler with 349 stops. "And we just didn't come up big. It's frustrating. " Penn State's painful 13-3 loss to No. 17 Wisconsin, in front of 81,777 fans at Camp Randall Stadium, was in many ways a replay of earlier losses to the other ranked teams on its schedule - Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan.
November 6, 2006 |
As an embarrassed and dismayed Joe Paterno was being unceremoniously carted out of Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday like one more empty Gatorade container, his injured left leg propped up for all 81,777 fans to see, longtime Penn State observers knew exactly what the old man was thinking. While the 79-year-old coach undoubtedly was concerned about the game his Nittany Lions were in the process of losing to Wisconsin, he also was certain the injury was not going to keep him from preparing for and coaching against Temple this Saturday.
November 14, 1999 |
In his mind, he could have been back in South Jersey again, running over an uncut hedge, mud stains on his sweat pants, announcing another make-believe touchdown - by Ronnie Dayne! The University of Wisconsin's Ron Dayne used to do that sort of thing as a child back in Berlin Township. He could envision playing college football but not a day like this. Yesterday, he was on the grand stage of history, and so he didn't know what to do when he made that history at 3:48 p.m., Badger time.