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November 25, 2012 | By Emily Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - They all thought it was a great idea, but nobody seemed to know how it came about - even after the game. "Apparently the coaching staff put that together," safety Jake Fagnano said. "I think it was [the] players' idea," linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden said. "I think a group of them approached Coach [Bill] O'Brien about it. " "Honestly?" center Matt Stankiewitch said. "I couldn't tell you. " But when the Nittany Lions entered the locker room Saturday afternoon, they noticed something different about their helmets: A large, blue decal of the number 42 took up most of the left side.
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November 20, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State coach Bill O'Brien confirmed Monday what a lot of people feared when they saw Michael Mauti being carted off the field against Indiana - that the linebacker has played for the last time as a Nittany Lion. O'Brien ruled Mauti out of Saturday's season finale against Wisconsin at Beaver Stadium because of a left knee injury. Mauti, considered the heart and soul of Penn State's football team, will join his teammates for introductions before their final game on Senior Day but will watch from the sideline on crutches.
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November 18, 2012 | By Emily Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
He will be etched in Nittany Lions folklore as the senior leader who rallied a directionless team and disgruntled fan base. "When the NCAA sanctions were announced, we were all sitting around watching the TV and like, 'OK, now what?' " safety Jake Fagnano recalled. "And then Mike Mauti stood up. He clapped his hands and was like, 'OK, guys, let's go.' " Mauti is one of the key faces of this 2012 Penn State team, which has battled through criticism and adversity again and again.
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February 5, 2013 | From Inquirer Wire Services
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Matt McGloin went Hollywood. Michael Mauti went home to Louisiana. Miles from the campus they called home for five years, the two Penn State stars have taken different routes to prepare for their shots at the NFL. After helping to lead the Nittany Lions to a surprising 8-4 season, they began to focus on the next level in their own way. "The weather is great," McGloin, a Scranton native, joked about training in Los Angeles....
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April 13, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the second time in his career at Penn State, Michael Mauti is hurting as he watches spring practice from the sideline. The pain is not coming from the torn ACL in his left knee, which he said is coming along fine and should be repaired in time for the start of preseason camp in August, but rather from his not being able to join his teammates for contact on the practice field. "I don't really like watching from the sidelines," Mauti said. But the senior linebacker, an all-American candidate at his position if he's healthy, is fully involved in every workout and drill as he learns the new schemes being installed by defensive coordinator Ted Roof, who was brought in by first-year head coach Bill O'Brien.
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October 3, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald often cast his eyes to the east during the summer to see how Penn State coaches and players handled life after the NCAA sanctions, trying to keep the team together as programs from everywhere sought to entice some Nittany Lions to transfer. The Wildcats coach was impressed with how the team handled all the turmoil, and he'll get to see the results close-up when his 24th-ranked team goes into Beaver Stadium on Saturday for an important Big Ten game. "Their kids are playing with an attitude," Fitzgerald said Monday during his weekly press conference in Evanston, Ill. "They're playing for each other.
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September 18, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
PENN STATE defensive end Deion Barnes was named the Big Ten's co-freshman of the week. Barnes, a redshirt freshman from Northeast High, had five tackles and his third sack of the season in the Nittany Lions' win over Navy. Barnes also forced his second fumble of the season. Barnes is tied for second in the conference in sacks and tied for the top spot in forced fumbles with two. He shares the award with Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld. Lions senior linebacker Michael Mauti was named Big Ten defensive player of the week after recording 12 tackles and his first sack of the season against Navy.
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January 10, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State defensive coordinator Ted Roof has resigned after one season to take the same job at Georgia Tech. Coach Bill O'Brien announced Wednesday that secondary coach John Butler will replace Roof. Butler, a graduate of La Salle High, also worked with the Nittany Lions' special teams and was instrumental in sophomore kicker Sam Ficken's overcoming a horrendous start to make his last 10 field-goal attempts. Roof played linebacker for Georgia Tech from 1982 through 1985, earning all-ACC honors as a senior.
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May 15, 2013 | Associated Press
Penn State linebackers Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti have signed contracts with Minnesota, the Vikings said Tuesday. Hodges, a Paulsboro graduate who will play one of the outside spots, was picked in the fourth round. Mauti, whose position is in the middle, was a seventh-round selection. Also signing was defensive tackle Everett Dawkins, a seventh-round pick out of Florida State. Muncie dies. Chuck Muncie, 60, a Pro Bowl running back with both the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers, died of heart failure Monday at his Los Angeles-area home.
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November 22, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bill O'Brien counted on Penn State's seniors in so many ways when he took over the football program in January. He depended on them again and again during a chaotic year that included NCAA penalties, player transfers, and a discouraging start to the season. So it's likely that O'Brien will be as emotional as his seniors when they are brought out before Saturday's game against Wisconsin to be introduced to the crowd at Beaver Stadium. "These are young guys that have been through a lot," O'Brien said during his teleconference on Tuesday.
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July 18, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State football coach James Franklin gathered former and current players Thursday morning for a special announcement: The players' names that had been stitched onto the backs of the Nittany Lions' blue-and-white jerseys since 2012 were coming off. Jerseys with no names revive one of Penn State's oldest traditions. "I've thought about this since day one but I just thought year one wasn't the right time to make the decision," the second-year coach said Thursday night. "There was a lot of issues, a lot of things we had to overcome.
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November 23, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If hearing about the NCAA sanctions following the Freeh report wasn't bad enough for Penn State's players in July 2012, they also had to deal with the invasion of Happy Valley by Illinois coaches inquiring whether they'd have any interest in transferring. Only one player - offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki - took Fighting Illini coach Tim Beckman up on the offer, and he ended up moving on after one season. Beckman's move annoyed Bill O'Brien so much that the postgame handshake between the two coaches in 2012 and 2013 measured about half-an-eye-blink in elapsed time.
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February 7, 2014 | By Dan Norton, For The Inquirer
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.
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February 6, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
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.
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December 5, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State coach Bill O'Brien announced Tuesday night that he is losing two members of his staff with the resignations of linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden and quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher. O'Brien said that both coaches will pursue other opportunities. "I appreciate all of Ron and Charlie's hard work and thank them for their dedication and service to Penn State," O'Brien said in a statement. "I wish them well in all their future endeavors. " The university announced the departures 24 hours after FightOnState.com first reported the news.
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December 5, 2013 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, Daily News Staff Writer pianovs@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Just days after Penn State's final game of 2013, two members of Bill O'Brien's coaching staff are no longer with the program. Long-tenured linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden and quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher resigned from Penn State "to pursue other opportunities," the team announced last night. Rumors of the coaches' depatures surfaced Monday afternoon. "I appreciate all of Ron and Charlie's hard work and thank them for their dedication and service to Penn State," O'Brien said in a news release.
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November 25, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - A nasty wind began howling before the temperature started dropping, and snow squalls kept passing through. The bundled-up masses inside Beaver Stadium on Saturday could have saved their body temperature a degree or two by showing up late in the day. They had to know nothing would be decided until after dark. For the third time in four Big Ten home games, Penn State took things to overtime. This time, a Nittany Lions field goal attempt in OT faded right. A Nebraska field goal attempt from the same 37-yard distance was good . . . but no. False start on Nebraska.
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November 22, 2013 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, Daily News Staff Writer pianovs@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - For three straight seasons, Glenn Carson has racked up tackles in the thick of Penn State's defense. The Manahawkin, N.J., native did what few before him accomplished: be a 3-year starting linebacker at "Linebacker U. " But Carson has done it and amassed 246 tackles in the process. He will make his 35th career start Saturday when Nebraska visits Happy Valley, but it will be the senior's last game at Beaver Stadium. "It means a lot that the coaches and players were able to trust me at such a young age," Carson said.
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November 21, 2013 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, Daily News Staff Writer pianovs@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - It's that time of year in college football when - regardless of playing for a conference title or bowl positioning - home games have a little bit more meaning. Across the country, seniors are playing on their home fields for the final time, and that last chance for 17 Penn State players comes Saturday, when the team hosts Nebraska at 3:30 p.m. at Beaver Stadium. It's the second senior day at Penn State for coach Bill O'Brien, who will be in charge of getting his team ready to face the 7-3 Cornhuskers while dealing with the charged feelings of the afternoon.
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November 11, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - After Penn State dropped to 0-3 in Big Ten road games, coach Bill O'Brien delivered a fiery locker-room speech, but not all that he said was for public consumption. "I told them, No. 1, we're going to coach them better, we're going to make sure we put [them] in better positions to make plays," O'Brien said Saturday after a 24-10 loss to Minnesota. "No. 2, we're going to make sure we do everything we can as a coaching staff to help these seniors go out as winners, because this senior class means a lot to me. "And No. 3 . . . I'm not going to tell you what I said, No. 3, but I said three things to them.
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