February 18, 2015 |
Twice this season, Penn State point guard Shep Garner, a freshman out of Roman Catholic, has gone viral in the college hoops world - and really neither time it was because of his own actions. Garner was just playing ball. The first time, the Nittany Lions were at home against Virginia Tech in December. "I think there was a timeout before we came out," Garner remembers. "I think everyone lost focus. " He meant everyone but him. The video is the kind you end up watching over and over.
February 9, 2015 |
Troy Shorts could have sat behind a podium, smiled for the cellphone cameras, and put pen to paper like many top South Jersey football players did on Wednesday as part of national signing day. He could have accepted a scholarship from Central Connecticut, an NCAA Division I program that competes in the Northeast Conference with Sacred Heart, Wagner, and Bryant, among others. He could have been part of the celebratory scene on Wednesday - the attention in school, the posing for pictures, the swirl of excitement and congratulations.
February 5, 2015 |
When Glassboro High School's Juwan Johnson first talked about Penn State with a member of former coach Bill O'Brien's staff, the tone of the presentation left him "not that interested" and figuring he'd have to find another place to play college football. But when James Franklin took over the helm of the Nittany Lions in January last year and accompanied wide receiver coach Josh Gattis to South Jersey for their first meeting with Johnson, everything changed. "The thing was, they're really fresh, they're really energetic," said the 6-foot-4, 205-pound wide receiver, who is one of 22 players expected to sign national letters of intent Wednesday with Penn State.
February 5, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE - On Jan. 11, 2014, James Franklin made a promise. "We are going to dominate the state," the coach said without blinking an eye. "Dominate the state" - it's been hashtagged on Twitter and printed on T-shirts since Franklin's introductory news conference as the Nittany Lions' football coach, and, while many have overused or overblown the motto, it wasn't an empty claim. Franklin put himself and his staff out on a limb, but, as long as there aren't any surprises today on National Signing Day, he'll have the results to back up that promise.
January 30, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE - Born and raised a mere 45 minutes from the Philadelphia sports complex, Penn State defenseman Connor Varley was surrounded by Flyers fans. He wasn't one of them, though. Varley, like his dad, was raised as a New York Rangers fan. Imagine how well that went growing up. "There was definitely a little animosity," Varley said with a laugh. "And I got a few trips here and there. " Sure, he didn't live and die by the orange and black. But doesn't mean Varley won't cherish coming home this weekend.
January 27, 2015 |
George Washington High's Shareef Miller, a hard-charging defensive end with a quick first step, committed Sunday to play at Penn State while on an official visit to State College. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound senior, a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, chose the Nittany Lions over runner-up Pittsburgh, Arizona State, Florida, Miami, Rutgers, and Temple, among others. "He wanted to stay pretty close to home," said Ron Cohen, Washington's recently retired coach. "He likes it at Penn State.
January 18, 2015 |
Like so many of the victories restored to his resume on Friday, the response from former Penn State players to Joe Paterno's posthumous redemption was easy to forecast. Via interviews and social media, Nittany Lions players reacted to the news about their ex-coach with relief and satisfaction. "It was only a matter of time," tweeted Mike McGloin, the Paterno-recruited quarterback now with the Oakland Raiders. "Now this [a photo of the Paterno statue school officials removed] needs to be put back.
January 10, 2015 |
Considering the success Bob Shoop enjoyed in his first season as Penn State's defensive coordinator, it seemed only natural that a program with deep pockets, such as Louisiana State, would reach out and try to persuade him to go south. Shoop said he was "flattered" by the attention, but he decided Wednesday night that he would stay at Penn State, and informed his followers on Twitter. Fox Sports reported Thursday that Shoop, who is originally from Oakmont, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh, had a good incentive for staying - a new three-year deal worth about $1 million annually.
January 7, 2015 |
Penn State tight end Jesse James, an honorable mention all-Big Ten selection, has announced he will give up his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft, the Nittany Lions said in a news release. The 6-foot-7, 271-pound James, a junior who caught 38 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns this season, is the third player to leave the Nittany Lions with one year of eligibility left. He joins offensive tackle Donovan Smith and defensive end Deion Barnes, a former Northeast High star.
January 2, 2015 |
WHEN PENN STATE tight end Kyle Carter looks at the record books 10 years from now, he won't see this season's 7-6 mark and just think of the wins and losses. He'll remember a year of personal frustrations ending in jubilation. When Carter arrived at Yankee Stadium last Saturday, the redshirt junior hadn't scored a touchdown in 25 games. But that changed when it mattered most. The 6-3, 241-pound Carter used his size to haul in the final touchdown of the Nittany Lions' overtime win over Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl to end an individually disappointing campaign by celebrating with his teammates.