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.
June 25, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Ten weeks before the debut of Bill O'Brien as Penn State's head football coach, the sun shone brilliantly Saturday on Beaver Stadium. Outside the huge facility, someone parked a car near the statue of O'Brien's iconic predecessor, Joe Paterno, every few minutes for a quick photo before driving off. While it's never too early to be thinking football at Penn State, no matter the month or the weather, the subject of spending fall Saturdays in Happy Valley for some will be a cause for pain and shame given the events of the last 71/2 months, since shocking allegations of child sexual abuse were brought against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
December 27, 2007 |
A look at the honor roll of superlative linebackers who have played for Joe Paterno, including the years they received All-America recognition: Player All-Amer. Fast fact Dennis Onkotz 1968-69 287 career tackles; inducted into College Football Hall of Fame in 1995 Jack Ham 1970 251 career tackles, and also blocked three punts in 1968; put in College Hall in 1990 Charlie Zapiec 1971 17 tackles vs. Iowa in '71 John Skorupan 1972 Among career tackles leaders with 274 Ed O'Neil 1973 126 tackles in 1972 Greg Buttle 1975 343 career tackles led the all-time list for three decades Shane Conlan 1985-86 274 career tackles Andre Collins 1989 PSU tackles leader in 1998 and '99 LaVar Arrington 1998-99 Butkus Award winner, 1999 Brandon Short 1999 4-year starter and Butkus Award finalist in 1999 Paul Posluszny 2005-06 Two-time Bednarik Award winner and Butkus Award winner Dan Connor 2007 No. 1 on school's career tackles list
June 19, 2007 |
Former Pro Bowl linebacker LaVar Arrington was hospitalized yesterday in Cheverly, Md., with serious but not life-threatening injuries after his motorcycle crashed on a highway ramp. His agent, Carl Poston, said Arrington suffered a broken arm, at least one broken rib and a leg contusion. Arrington lost control of his 2007 Kawasaki ZX-14 motorcycle and hit a guardrail, Maryland State Police Sgt. Russell Newell said. He said police did not know how fast Arrington was traveling.
April 25, 2007 |
The last time you may have paid attention to the rest of the NFC East, the New York Giants were certain to fire Tom Coughlin as head coach, Dallas' Bill Parcells was warning that Tony Romo could not yet walk on water, and Washington stunk. A few months later, Coughlin is still on New York's sideline, Romo has a new head coach in Wade Phillips, and the Redskins . . . still stink. But last year's trash often becomes this year's treasure. The gap between first and fourth isn't that large, and this weekend's draft will be the latest competition in a division that sent three of its four teams to the playoffs last year.
December 7, 2006 |
New York Giants linebacker LaVar Arrington equated the players union with organized crime yesterday, 24 hours before he was scheduled to testify before Congress at a hearing involving his former agent. Lawmakers will be looking into the NFL Players Association's suspension of Arrington's former agent, Carl Poston, stemming from his handling of a contract the linebacker signed with Washington near the end of the 2003 season. Arrington contends the union acted unfairly in taking away Poston's livelihood.
October 8, 2006 |
NOTABLE The star player who meant so much to the franchise is meeting his ex-team today in an NFC East showdown for the first time since he was unceremoniously dumped last spring. We speak, of course, of Giants linebacker LaVar Arrington. Arrington will play his old team, the Redskins, this afternoon in the Meadowlands. He never fit in once Joe Gibbs came back to the Redskins in early 2004. He didn't get along with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams or his position coach, Dale Lindsey.
August 13, 2006 |
Paul Posluszny - chest puffed, jaw raised, hands clasped firmly behind his back - stood as rigid as a parade-ground Marine yesterday as he answered hundreds of repetitive questions in a manner as neat and clipped as Beaver Stadium's emerald turf. It was Penn State's media day, and dealing with the media will be the Nittany Lions cocaptain's responsibility this season. So while it was nowhere near as pleasant as planting a running back in the dirt or drilling a tight end, Posluszny dutifully spewed out his not-too-informative answers with a name-rank-and-serial-number rapidity.
April 29, 2006 |
The Jacksonville Jaguars at least partly filled a pressing need at linebacker by signing Nick Greisen to a 2-year contract yesterday. Greisen, an unrestricted free agent who started 12 games for the New York Giants last season, should compete for the starting job left vacant when Akin Ayodele signed with Dallas. The move also gives the Jags more flexibility in this weekend's NFL draft. Coach Jack Del Rio had planned to "attack" the linebacker position during the draft, but with Greisen in the mix, Jacksonville could go in another direction.
December 29, 2005 |
Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs reacted sharply yesterday after LaVar Arrington discussed the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker's expected departure from the team. Arrington told the Washington Times he expects the Redskins to try to trade him or cut him in the coming months because of his high salary. If that happens, Arrington said he might retire. "It's not a given that I'll continue playing if the Redskins get rid of me," Arrington told the newspaper. "I don't really want to play for anyone else.