July 24, 2012 |
IN THE HOURS after Penn State swept in to remove the bronze reminder of the past nine troubling months, dismay was the overarching theme with alumni of the football program. Many understood the difficulty of a decision to remove Joe Paterno's statue Sunday, but they were saddened by the circumstances surrounding their program and its tarnished reputation. Lydell Sargeant, who played for the Nittany Lions from 2006-2008 and interned for Associate Athletic Director Fran Ganter during the spring of 2011, said that the statue's removal was made more complex by Paterno's inability to respond.
July 24, 2012 |
AFTER WATCHING Joe Paterno's statue ripped from the ground, the Penn State community knew the worst was just beginning. Adding to the shock of the statue removal Sunday morning, the NCAA revealed that it will announce sanctions against Penn State at 9 a.m. Monday. These sanctions will not include the "death penalty," which would shut Penn State's football program down, according to a CNN source. The only other program to receive the death penalty was Southern Methodist in 1986, forcing the cancellation of its 1987 season.
September 18, 2009 |
SENIOR CORNERBACKS A.J. Wallace and Knowledge Timmons are vying for the same spot in Penn State's starting lineup, but, as individual competitions go, this one couldn't be any friendlier. Good thing, too, because Wallace and Timmons are roommates and former occupants of coach Joe Paterno's famously spacious doghouse. Maybe the latter of those shared similarities is the tie that most closely binds them. "He's a cool, down-to-earth person," Wallace said of his kindred-spirit relationship with Timmons.
January 1, 2009 |
TODAY IN PASADENA, CALIF., 5 P.M., 6ABC THE MATCHUPS TONY DAVIS VS. PATRICK TURNER It?s safe to say Penn State has not faced a quarterback as good as Mark Sanchez and has not had to defend against a wide receiver as big as Patrick Turner. At 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, Turner, who has 45 catches for 667 yards and 10 touchdowns, does a remarkable job of using his height to his advantage. Penn State cornerbacks Tony Davis and Lydell Sargeant - both 5-10 - look like peewee football players compared with Turner.
December 21, 2008 |
After the last of the Penn State Nittany Lions land in Los Angeles today to begin preparations for the Rose Bowl, it may seem as if there is a star football player on every corner. Penn State's opponent is hometown Southern Cal, and the Trojans, over the last decade, have become as visible as the young actresses that patrol Sunset Strip. For the many Lions who have traveled no farther than last year's Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, a trip west is the perfect opportunity to explore a town they've glimpsed only in movies.
November 25, 2008 |
Big Ten champion Penn State hauled in a school-record 10 first-team selections in all-conference voting by coaches and media announced last night. Four more Nittany Lions were named to at least one second team and an additional seven made honorable mention. Also, Joe Paterno was named coach of the year for the third time and senior center A.Q. Shipley was selected as offensive lineman of the year. Joining Shipley on the first-team offense were junior quarterback Daryll Clark, senior wide receiver Derrick Williams (coaches only)
November 15, 2008 |
When you think about Penn State's best teams over the last decade or so - which shouldn't take long - 2005 was a good year, 1999 not so much. This year's team is hoping to drink the wine from three seasons ago as opposed to the vintage nine years old. All three teams suffered devastating, last-second defeats as their first losses. Last week, the Nittany Lions fell to Iowa. In 2005, it was Michigan. And in 1999, Minnesota delivered the blow. Each time, their national championship hopes were crushed.
August 29, 2008 |
Quarterbacks draw lots of attention at Penn State, like most teams, but the 16 returning starters at other positions, 14 of whom are seniors, give No. 22 Penn State its greatest hope this season. The Nittany Lions, who take the field tomorrow against Coastal Carolina, will be the most experienced group since 2005, when an unheralded team put State College back on the map with an 11-1 record. Understandably, the seniors who were freshmen three years ago are eager to carry that team's professionalism into the now. "With that team, there were no distractions.
November 12, 2007 |
Two down, one to go. The problem is that one may not be enough. With their blas? 31-0 win over Temple on Saturday, the Nittany Lions moved one step closer to perhaps realizing a goal they set after losing to Ohio State on Oct. 27. Once the Buckeyes wiped out any remaining hopes for a Bowl Championship Series bowl bid, Penn State lowered the bar and set its sights on reaching a New Year's Day bowl. If the Lions win out over Purdue, Temple and Michigan State, a return trip to the Outback Bowl is possible.
November 6, 2007 |
Penn State football coach Joe Paterno sent a memo to university president Graham Spanier in May saying he would reduce the playing time and change the roster positions of several players accused of being involved in an April off-campus fight, according to a published report. However, some of those players have seen little, if any, change in their roles this season. The memo, dated May 7 and obtained by the Centre Daily Times, said the players would be reprimanded by Paterno regardless of what punishments were handed out by State College authorities and Penn State's judicial affairs office.