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October 9, 1996 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A youngster grows up with a single athletic purpose: He wants to play linebacker at Penn State. His high school coach, recognizing the youngster's physical talent, asks him to play quarterback. But the boy wants to hone his skills at linebacker so he can move on to Penn State to do the same. No thank you, he says to the coach. Penn State recruits him as a linebacker after he has made just about every high school all-America team that matters. The plan is still intact - until three days before his first game as a freshman.
NEWS
January 4, 1987
Penn State 14, Miami 10. It was close all the way, as intense and hard-fought a football game as any played in a long time. In whatever way a team wins the national collegiate football championship, it's a glistening achievement. But the way Penn State upset Vinny Testaverde and the rest of the high-flying Miami Hurricanes in the Fiesta Bowl Friday night was something special - something to be long remembered and savored. After all the pre-game hijinks, the Miami players' jiving and boasts, the Lions more than squared accounts in a very determined way. Coach Joe Paterno's crafty defense did exactly what it was designed to do - give Testaverde, the nation's top-ranked college player, a lot of trouble and prevent him from completing long passes.
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March 15, 1996 | by John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
On a microcosmic level, Penn State's 86-80 NCAA Tournament first-round loss to Arkansas represents the larger struggle facing Nittany Lions basketball. Ranked 18th in the nation and seeded fifth in the East Regional, Penn State had a shot at a signature victory against a high-visibility program during college basketball's biggest showcase. Instead, the Lions (21-7) must hope their disappointing finish won't dull the enthusiasm generated by a magic-run season and the opening of the school's lavish, new basketball palace, the Bryce Jordan Center.
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September 14, 2012
A Penn State spokesman confirmed that redshirt freshman punter/kicker Matt Marcincin has left the team. Marcincin, who is from Malvern, was the backup for kicker Sam Ficken and punter Alex Butterworth. The spokesman said Marcincin still is enrolled in classes at Penn State. His departure leaves only sophomore walk-on Kevin DiSanto as a backup. - Joe Juliano
SPORTS
January 31, 1986 | Special to the Daily News
Earlier this month, St. Joseph's whipped Penn State by 30 points. It was a far different story last night. The Nittany Lions stormed from behind to post a 59-54 Atlantic 10 Conference upset over St. Joseph's at Rec Hall. The Hawks, who routed Penn State, 72-42, on Jan. 4, seemed headed for another victory last night. Their lead at halftime was 35-28, and the margin grew to 12 points with 13 minutes remaining in the game. But then the Nittany Lions (9-10 overall, 3-7 in the conference)
SPORTS
December 1, 2013
Allen Robinson has compiled the best numbers in back-to-back seasons of any wide receiver in Penn State history. Here are the six best:   Player   Year   Rec.   Yards Allen Robinson   2012-13   166   2,323 Bobby Engram   1994-95   115   2,113 O.J. McDuffie   1991-92   109   1,767 Derrick Williams   2007-08    99   1,014 Deon Butler   2006-07    95   1,270 Joe Jurevicius   1996-97   ...
NEWS
September 8, 2009 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
Penn State moved up in the college football polls today after Saturday's opening 31-7 victory over Akron at Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions improved to No. 5 in the USA Today coaches' poll and seventh in the Associated Press media poll. In the preseason, Penn State was eighth in the coaches' poll and tied for ninth with Oklahoma State in the AP poll. The Lions will host Syracuse (0-1) on Saturday. Hurricanes soaring. Miami is savoring a drama-filled 38-34 win over Florida State on Monday night.
SPORTS
July 12, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Quinn Nordin, widely recognized as the top kicker in the class of 2016, has committed to Penn State. The Rockford (Mich.) kicker recently narrowed his choices down to the Nittany Lions and his home-state Michigan Wolverines. Other schools in the running included Georgia, Michigan State, Iowa, and Arizona State. However, the Lions have been the prohibitive favorite for some time now. When Nordin spoke with 247sports.com recently, he said that the head coaches were the main reason he had narrowed his choices down to the group of finalist.
SPORTS
May 2, 2012
Penn State defensive tackle Evan Haithes' playing career is over because of complications from blood clots, coach Bill O'Brien told reporters Tuesday in Washington. Haithes, a sophomore, will remain on scholarship as a graduate assistant. The clots developed in his legs during six-hour drives home to Virginia early last year for his grandfather's funeral. The clots spread to his lungs, and he was hospitalized in March 2011 with a life-threatening situation. He was able to play only two games for the Nittany Lions last fall.
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January 21, 2011 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Deion Barnes said it was all about the "comfortability factor. " And that played in favor of Penn State, not Georgia. In an announcement Thursday morning in his school's auditorium, the hard-charging defensive end from Northeast High committed to play for the Nittany Lions. Georgia was the runner-up for his services. "I wasn't an outcast when I went down to Georgia, but I felt like I was around 'my guys' when I went to Penn State," said Barnes, a 6-foot-5, 222-pound senior. "That was a big thing for me. " Barnes, celebrating his 18th birthday, said he had "been battling all week, going back and forth" between Penn State and Georgia, which he visited last weekend.
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August 6, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
More About the Nittany LionsHere are five questions (and answers) at the start of Penn State training camp: 1 How will the Nittany Lions do in their new hurry-up offense?    Penn State spent the first two years of the Franklin regime near the bottom of the Big Ten in offense, and that cost John Donovan his job. Joe Moorhead, the former head coach at Fordham, was hired away from the Bronx last December to install his hurry-up attack that produced some great numbers for the Rams, albeit at the FCS level.
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June 15, 2016 | Philly.com Staff
The Penn State football team is scheduled to host Temple at noon on Sept. 17, the school announced Monday. The Nittany Lions opened the 2015 season at Temple, and the Owls earned a 27-10 win. The last time Temple visited Beaver Stadium, in 2014, Penn State won, 30-13. Penn State also announced it will open the 2016 season in Beaver Stadium against Kent State on Sept. 3 at 3:30 p.m.. Both the Temple and Kent State games are to be shown on the Big Ten Network. The Nittany Lions had already announced a visit to Pittsburgh on Sept.
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May 29, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
Right after halftime, Penn State's Ally Heavens stood next to a Northwestern player. In the pouring rain, Heavens' jersey was soaked. The Northwestern player had changed into a new uniform. "A lot of top-ranked teams, they get a lot of gear. They get a lot of stuff, so I was like,'Damn,' " Heavens said. But the Nittany Lions ended up losing by only 5-4 to the perennial powerhouse. That was why Heavens said she chose to play at Penn State in October of her junior year at Garnet Valley High School.
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May 29, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
North Carolina played keep-away for nearly nine full minutes and it was just barely enough to end Penn State's season in women's lacrosse. With a minute and a half left Friday, the Nittany Lions finally forced a turnover and had a chance to tie the score. But Tar Heels goalie Caylee Waters came up with one final stop to seal the victory. "That's what it takes to make a national championship game," North Carolina coach Jenny Levy said of the save. The third-seeded Tar Heels (19-2)
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May 28, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
Friday at Talen Energy Stadium, Chester. NORTH CAROLINA vs. PENN STATE, 5 p.m. Records: North Carolina, 18-2, 7-0 Atlantic Coast; Penn State, 14-6, 3-2 Big Ten. Coaches: North Carolina, Jenny Levy, 21st year, 293-106; Penn State, Missy Doherty, 6thyear, 155-87. Road to the Final Four: North Carolina defeated Duke, 15-10, and Notre Dame. 10-6; Penn State defeated Winthrop, 16-6; Florida, 14-13; and Penn, 8-4. Key Players: North Carolina, A/M Molly Hendrick (55 goals, 12assists)
SPORTS
May 22, 2016 | By Erin McCarthy, STAFF WRITER
Penn and Penn State's women's lacrosse teams are set to face off Saturday in State College in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. For either team, a win would mark a milestone in recent school history. Penn State hasn't made the semifinals since 1999, while Penn has not gotten there since 2009. The Lions (13-6) are coming off a 14-13 overtime win against Florida. Penn (15-4) decisively defeated its first two tournament opponents. The Quakers took down Wagner, 17-7, before overpowering Towson, 12-4.
NEWS
April 21, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Sen. Bernie Sanders gave a lively speech that pounded his message about income inequality to a packed house Tuesday night at Pennsylvania State University. And he pounded his rival for not sharing transcripts of paid speeches that he said must have been "Shakespearean prose. " Thinking ahead to next week's Pennsylvania primary, Sanders spoke even as New Yorkers still were voting in that state's primary, where polls closed at 9 p.m. Hillary Clinton trounced Sanders there - but when he took the stage in Recreation Hall just after 7, he noted that it was too soon to know the night's victor.
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April 14, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
The second positional move for Brian Gaia as a Penn State football player wasn't as radical for him as the first move - one that took him from defensive tackle to guard - but it nevertheless required him to learn an important new set of skills. The move simply involved Gaia, a 6-foot-2, 286-pound redshirt senior, sliding over one spot to center. Now, however, before he even gets to throw a block, he must read the defense and set the blocking scheme on the line, then snap the ball shotgun-style in the Nittany Lions' new no-huddle spread offense.
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April 1, 2016 | By Erin McCarthy, STAFF WRITER
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - When cornerback John Reid arrived in State College in the fall, he didn't expect to start in his first college game. Speaking with the media for the first time, the St. Joseph's Prep graduate said Wednesday night that his support system prepared him for that challenge. "The guys on the team were all very welcoming. They answered all my questions. I ask a lot of questions," Reid said. "I think my preparation, the people around me, the people in the building, allowed me to play a role like that.
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March 26, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Imagine for a moment that Babe Ruth hit his 714 home runs, compiled his 2.28 career ERA, and won his seven World Series titles and then went on to became the best manager in baseball history. That, essentially, is what Cael Sanderson is in the process of doing in the world of college wrestling. You can have an argument about who is the greatest college wrestler of all time, but you can't have it without including Sanderson. Your odds of winning by backing somewhere else are slim.
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