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December 8, 2011 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
A PERSON CLOSE to Joe Paterno's family has told the Associated Press the former Penn State football coach is undergoing treatments and progressing after being diagnosed last month with lung cancer. The person requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. Paterno's son, Scott, last month requested privacy for the family after revealing that doctors discovered his father's treatable form of lung cancer during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness. School trustees fired Paterno on Nov. 9 in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
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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.
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February 13, 1986 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State's football program, thought to be on wobbly knees before its surprising 1985 season, apparently landed a second straight recruiting bonanza yesterday when the Nittany Lions signed 16 players, five of whom were rated among the top 100 scholastic prospects in the nation by the Terranova Report, a national scouting service. Meanwhile, Pitt and Notre Dame, two of the main rivals on the Nittany Lions' 1986 schedule, followed different tracks as the Panthers went for "skill position" players and Notre Dame stocked up with beefy linemen.
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July 26, 1998 | By Laura Barnhardt, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It's a humid Wednesday night in July, and at least 50 young people are lined up outside a jam-packed bar called the Gingerbread Man, waiting to get inside for half-price drinks. The artist formerly known as Prince blares from the sound system inside. A young male voice from the crowd booms toward the two bulked-up bouncers at the door: "Let us in! This is how riots get started!" It is just a joke, but no one laughs. Two weeks ago, Beaver Avenue, around the corner, made history as the site of the worst riot in Pennsylvania State University history.
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October 29, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - After nearly 2 decades on the Penn State sideline, Larry Johnson is familiar with sold-out Beaver Stadium whiteouts. He has seen the sea of white. He has heard the maddening cheers. He has felt that electric environment quite a few times. For this year's edition of the whiteout, Penn State (4-2) welcomes No. 13 Ohio State (5-1) for a prime-time matchup tomorrow on ABC. Now on the Ohio State coaching staff, Johnson knows what to expect. "It will be loud," Johnson said.
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October 18, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The first time his father made the trip for a spring football game, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen warned him about the drive, that it would be a rural one from the airport in Jackson up to Starkville. Mullen told him it would be like traveling in the hills of Pennsylvania "past the Main Line. " The 42-year-old coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs, the improbable top-ranked college football team in the nation - after the fastest rise to the top in the history of the sport, from unranked to No. 1 in six games - is a Drexel Hill native and Ursinus College graduate.
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February 12, 2012 | By J. Brady McCollough, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
All Jamil Pollard knew about his signing-day ceremony was that he needed to bring a Penn State sweatshirt, and that his parents should be there. When the 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive tackle walked into the small gym at West Deptford High on Feb. 1, his parents were there as planned, but their stern expressions indicated this might not be such a joyous occasion after all. They had already been told that Pollard's most recent grades had fallen short, putting his college future in doubt.
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October 23, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The presumption for the last month is that the feeling within the Penn State football program hasn't been very positive, what with the Nittany Lions having lost games before each of their two bye weeks. If you told that to James Franklin, however, he would say that you are wrong. With the Lions preparing for Saturday night's game at Beaver Stadium against 13th-ranked Ohio State, Franklin exuded positivity and confidence Tuesday at his weekly news conference as his team tries to bounce back from losses to Northwestern and Michigan that saw it score just one touchdown and 19 total points.
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October 17, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Six games into the college football season, Penn State coach James Franklin is still talking about things that need to be fixed. No team is perfect, but the issues confronting the Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) aren't encouraging this deep into the season. Saddled with a vulnerable offensive line, halfhearted commitment to the running game and an offense that has been a far cry from consistent, the Penn State defense has carried this team. With exception to its Sept.
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September 11, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday that Penn State's limit on scholarships was like "an anchor around your neck. " But the anchor proved futile in limiting Penn State. First-year coach James Franklin quickly assembled a 2015 recruiting class that is ranked in the top 10 by several recruiting services. Imagine what Franklin and his staff might be able to do now that the anchor was lifted Monday when the NCAA decided to drop the sanctions it levied in 2012 against Penn State.
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October 29, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Former defensive coordinator Tom Bradley spent more than 3 decades at Penn State. About one-third of that time was spent with Larry Johnson by his side. In their time on the staff, Bradley, now an assistant head coach at West Virginia, and Johnson helped forge dominating defenses. "When we worked together, it was always about the team," Bradley said. The same remains true for Johnson, even though that team is no longer Penn State. From 1996 to 2013, Johnson roamed the Beaver Stadium sideline as an assistant coach.
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October 29, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - After nearly 2 decades on the Penn State sideline, Larry Johnson is familiar with sold-out Beaver Stadium whiteouts. He has seen the sea of white. He has heard the maddening cheers. He has felt that electric environment quite a few times. For this year's edition of the whiteout, Penn State (4-2) welcomes No. 13 Ohio State (5-1) for a prime-time matchup tomorrow on ABC. Now on the Ohio State coaching staff, Johnson knows what to expect. "It will be loud," Johnson said.
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October 29, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - James Franklin walked into the Beaver Stadium press room and thanked everyone for coming. But instead of continuing his opening statement, he paused. With his head down, Franklin tried to find the right words. After taking 10 seconds to collect himself, the misty-eyed coach held back tears and proceeded. "I want to thank the fans. We had an unbelievable environment tonight," Franklin said. "I'm really proud of Penn State. An example of, when we all come together as a family, we have a chance to do some special things.
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October 29, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Redshirt senior guard Miles Dieffenbach is itching to put on his Penn State uniform as soon as possible. It's just a matter of time. After tearing the ACL in his left knee in the spring and rehabbing for months, Saturday against Maryland might be the day Dieffenbach has been waiting for. "There is no finite line where I'm ready, it's kind of just a thing where you get a feel for it," Dieffenbach said yesterday. "When I know, I'll know. " The 6-3, 305-pound captain has worked his way back into practice the past couple weeks, and there were whispers that he would appear in last Saturday's Ohio State game.
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October 28, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Sitting behind a microphone in the Beaver Stadium media room early Sunday, James Franklin was asked for the fourth time in his postgame interview about questionable decisions by the officials in Penn State's double-overtime loss to No. 13 Ohio State. The Nittany Lions coach sighed wearily. "Guys, I know you guys would love for me to give you a sound bite that not only would sell papers but also would get me a big fine," Franklin said. "I'm not going to do it. I'm going to focus on the things that I can control.
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October 27, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State offensive coordinator John Donovan usually likes to call plays from his booth in the press box, but he spent Saturday night on the home sideline at Beaver Stadium to help quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Nittany Lions coach James Franklin said this past week that Donovan would return to the booth on Saturday, after being on the sideline two weeks ago at Michigan. But after meetings on Wednesday, the decision was made to keep Donovan on the sideline.
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October 26, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The first four Saturdays of the college football season were like holidays for Penn State wide receivers DaeSean Hamilton and Geno Lewis, with both catching passes early and often for big yardage in the Nittany Lions' 4-0 start. Then the meat of the Lions' schedule arrived with a steady diet of Big Ten opponents and improved defenses, forcing quarterback Christian Hackenberg to hurry some passes and run for his life on other pass plays. However, after working hard with the offensive line during their second bye week since Sept.
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October 25, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's a closer look at seven South Jersey football games on Friday night, with predictions. All the games will start at 7 o'clock except Egg Harbor Township at St. Augustine, which will kick off at 6. No. 24 Egg Harbor Township (4-1) at No. 9 St. Augustine (5-1). The visiting Eagles have a chance to seize sole possession of second place in the Cape-Atlantic League's American Division, with a home game vs. first-place St. Joseph on the schedule for Halloween night. Senior Kyle Houghton has thrown a touchdown pass in every game for Egg Harbor Township.
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October 25, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's a sight unlike most in college football - fans wearing white filling up massive Beaver Stadium and screaming at the top of their lungs trying to will Penn State to a victory. The annual "whiteout" is a staple of the Nittany Lions' football season, a festive atmosphere usually held on a crisp autumn night in front of a sellout crowd of more than 107,000 - as will be the case Saturday night when 13th-ranked Ohio State visits Happy Valley. That cheerfulness, however, could turn into gloom rather quickly if Penn State continues to sputter on offense as it has for much of the season, and the Buckeyes continue their dominance of the Nittany Lions for the third consecutive year.
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