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January 15, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Larry Johnson, the longest-tenured assistant coach in the Penn State football program and one of the nation's top recruiters, has turned down an offer by new head coach James Franklin to be on his staff and will leave the Nittany Lions, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported Monday night. Johnson, 61, who spent 18 years at Penn State as an assistant, the last 14 as defensive line coach under Joe Paterno and Bill O'Brien, said he twice met with the new boss and was told he could continue in his position, the newspaper said.
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January 13, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia and Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writers
Thursday was a big day for Antoine White. Not only did White graduate from Millville High School in Cumberland County, but the 275-pound defensive tackle also learned who might be his coach at Penn State. "From what I hear he is a very animated, high-energy coach," White said of James Franklin, who was introduced as Penn State's new coach on Saturday. "It will be great to see how we do with him. " White, a first-team all-South Jersey player, never wavered from his commitment to Penn State after former coach Bill O'Brien resigned to take the job with the Houston Texans.
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January 9, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
While an Internet report contended that Vanderbilt coach James Franklin has become the "clear front-runner" to be named Penn State's new football coach, the head of the Nittany Lions' search committee said Tuesday that the position could be filled "in a matter of days. " Athletic director Dave Joyner, in a statement on the university's athletics website, said he thought the hunt for a new head coach was "progressing very well. " He did not address a report by CBSSports.com that Franklin is now the leading candidate for the job, nor did he discuss any interviews that had taken place.
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January 6, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Coatesville's Daquan Worley said he's still "firmly committed" to playing football for Penn State, but added that he is "waiting to see how things transpire" with the school's choice of a replacement for coach Bill O'Brien. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback, who committed to the Nittany Lions last May, said he "was kind of disappointed" that O'Brien had left to take over the NFL's Houston Texans. "I say that because of the coach he is and the type of guy he is," Worley said. "But he's a hot commodity right now. He has to make the best decision for him and his family.
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January 4, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner said he didn't see any clues in the weeks after the final regular-season game that Bill O'Brien would pursue an NFL coaching job because the Nittany Lions were always working on the future of the football program. That, however, changed over the weekend when news broke of O'Brien's interest in the Houston Texans coaching job. The Texans announced his hiring Thursday; he will be introduced during a news conference Friday in Houston.
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January 2, 2014 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jerami Grant scored 15 points in his first start of the season, Rakeem Christmas matched his career high with 15 points, and No. 2 Syracuse beat visiting Eastern Michigan, 70-48, on Tuesday in the final nonconference game for both teams. Syracuse (13-0) raced to a 20-point lead in the first half, allowed the Eagles to slice it in half before the break, then regained control early in the second and won its 51st consecutive nonconference game in the Carrier Dome. The Eagles (7-5) are coached by former Syracuse assistant Rob Murphy.
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December 31, 2013 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, Daily News Staff Writer pianovs@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State's season has been over for a month, but a potential loss has fans on the edge of their seats. Bill O'Brien has been in talks to become the Houston Texans head coach, and was reported to be the "overwhelming favorite" for the job, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. It is the second straight year rumors of the Nittany Lions head coach bouncing to the NFL have surfaced, as he had discussions with the Cleveland Browns and the Eagles at this time a year ago. O'Brien has not said anything publicly since Penn State's last game - a win at Wisconsin on Nov. 30 - and when the ESPN report surfaced on Saturday afternoon, it sent the Penn State fan base into a frenzy.
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December 31, 2013 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Four Temple starters scored in double figures, and the Owls opened American Athletic Conference play with a 63-56 win at Memphis on Sunday. The victory was Temple's fourth consecutive win in a conference opener. During a run just before halftime, Temple (7-4) hit four consecutive three-pointers, including back-to-back treys by Tyonna Williams, to build a nine-point lead at the break. Memphis (7-6, 0-1) cut Temple's lead to 55-54 with 1 minute, 33 seconds remaining, but four made free throws by Williams down the stretch sealed the win. Penn State 70, Hartford 56 - Former Germantown Academy star Maggie Lucas scored 18 points, and the No. 15 Nittany Lions (9-3)
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December 30, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
After two years as head coach of Penn State, helping successfully lead the Nittany Lions in the wake of crippling NCAA sanctions, is Bill O'Brien ready to head to the NFL? Citing unnamed league sources, ESPN reported Saturday that O'Brien has emerged as the "overwhelming favorite" to become the head coach of the Houston Texans, and that a deal could be worked out by later this week. According to the report, O'Brien and his agent, Neil Cornrich, met with Texans officials Thursday at O'Brien's home on Cape Cod. Both sides decided to hold "intensified" discussions in the next week that they hope will lead to an agreement.
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December 20, 2013
Penn State has received perhaps its most significant commitment for its freshman Class of 2014, a pledge from consensus four-star defensive tackle Thomas Holley of Brooklyn, N.Y. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Holley, who played only two years of football at Abraham Lincoln High School, chose the Nittany Lions over Florida, his other finalist. Holley also visited Ohio State and received offers from the Buckeyes, Alabama, Florida State, Clemson, Baylor, Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame and Southern California.
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