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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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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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January 12, 1990 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Commonwealth Court ruled yesterday that taxpayers are not entitled to see salaries of administrators at Pennsylvania State University, even though they help to pay them. In dismissing a suit by three university students, the court said it lacked jurisdiction, because Penn State, while receiving hundreds of millions of dollars a year in state funds, is technically not a state agency. "The legislature has repeatedly designated Penn State a state-related institution as distinguished from a state-owned or state-aided institution," Judge James Gardner Colins wrote for a three-judge panel.
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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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November 17, 2013
When: Saturday at noon Where: Beaver Stadium, State College, Pa. Records: Purdue (1-8, 0-5 Big Ten); Penn State (5-4, 2-3) TV/Radio: Big Ten Network; WNTP-AM (990), WNPV-AM (1440). Coaches: Purdue, Darrell Hazell (first season, 1-8). Penn State, Bill O'Brien (second season, 13-8) Series: Penn State leads 12-3-1. Eight of the wins have been vacated by NCAA sanctions. THREE THINGS TO WATCH Penn State's Bill Belton (201 yards vs. Illinois)
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March 17, 2011
Who: No. 7 Temple vs. No. 10 Penn State What: NCAA First Round (West Region), McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz. When: 2:10 p.m. TV/Radio: TNT/WPHT (1210-AM) History: Temple leads the series, 59-32. The teams played last season and the season before that. Temple won both, including 45-42 last season. How they got here: Temple (at large from Atlantic 10), Penn State (at large from Big Ten) Coaches: Fran Dunphy (Temple)
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April 18, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
There couldn't have been a sophomore quarterback in the nation with more on his plate in 2014 than Penn State's Christian Hackenberg. Learning a new offensive system for the second straight season, the talented Hackenberg had to find a way to magically provide points for a team with young wide receivers and a thin and porous offensive line, a combination that resulted in 44 sacks and dozens more knockdowns. However, through all this frustration, Hackenberg answered the call as a leader of the offense, a responsibility that he has embraced more strongly this spring going into the Blue-White Game Saturday at Beaver Stadium.
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April 16, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Akeel Lynch has waited a long time to be Penn State's featured running back. The junior-to-be redshirted his first season with the Nittany Lions and didn't start a single game until the 10th contest of the 2014 season against Temple. Now, Lynch, who finished as Penn State's leading rusher last year with 678 yards despite averaging fewer than 12 rushes per game, has seized the starting role in spring practice and doesn't plan to let go any time soon. "For me individually, it's just establishing myself as the No. 1 running back," he said Tuesday.
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April 15, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State will open the 2015 Big Ten season Sept. 19 against Rutgers in a night game at Beaver Stadium, the Big Ten Network announced Monday. Game time will be set at a later date. The two teams began their Big Ten schedules last year on the third Saturday of their seasons under the lights at High Point Solutions Stadium, with the Nittany Lions rallying from a 10-point deficit to win, 13-10, on Bill Belton's touchdown run with 1 minute, 13 seconds to play. The victory gave the Lions a 23-2 advantage in the series that began in 1918.
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April 13, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - A lot of uncertainty hung over the Nittany Lions before spring practice began last month. For coach James Franklin, the loss of both starting defensive ends was a major concern. But now, with the Blue-White game less than a week away, those question marks are gone for the second-year coach. Not only have the defensive ends been playing with good technique and fundamentals, Franklin said after practice Saturday, but they've also shown great confidence. He said Carl Nassib and Garrett Sickels have continued to impress.
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April 11, 2015 | By Ben Finley and Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees voted Thursday to pay an undisclosed amount - what one trustee called "an extraordinary" sum - to settle claims filed by sexual-abuse victims of Jerry Sandusky. In a special meeting held by teleconference, the board voted, 18-6, to approve the settlement. It did not disclose the size of the payout, the case details, or names of any plaintiffs. Sources had told The Inquirer that the meeting was being called solely to settle at least one Sandusky-related lawsuit.
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April 9, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - As Adam Breneman prepares for the 2015 season, he has a renewed sense of motivation. Last season, the Nittany Lions tight end was sidelined by a knee injury, which forced him to refocus his life. "I learned how to live with myself without football for a while," Breneman said Tuesday as Penn State continued spring practice ahead of its April 18 Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium. "I learned about myself outside of football and that was kind of neat, even though I always wanted to be playing.
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April 8, 2015 | By Susan Snyder and Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania State University this week is looking to end one of the remaining lawsuits filed by a victim of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, according to sources. The school's board of trustees is scheduled to meet Thursday morning to discuss "potential settlements" and possibly vote, said spokeswoman Lisa Powers. She did not provide details, but sources familiar with the case said Penn State was seeking to settle with a victim of Sandusky, a former assistant football coach convicted in 2012 of 45 counts related to sexual abuse of 10 children.
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April 6, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The Final Four is taking place in Indianapolis as scheduled, and, no doubt, the NCAA is quite proud of the inroads it made in the past week to ensure that same-sex couples will still be able to get their wedding cakes from religious-right bakers. After all, it's every couple's dream. That's not one of the specific rights the founding fathers addressed when fashioning the U.S. Constitution, but it's in there somewhere amid the philosophy of equality, tolerance, and the separation of church and state.
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April 4, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - One day of the summer of 2013 still sticks out for Carl Nassib. The defensive end was worried because he had yet to pay his Penn State tuition. "I walked up to Bill O'Brien's office and I was like 'crap, I'm not going to be able to practice,' " said Nassib, who started his Penn State career as a walk-on. "And he said I was on scholarship. That was pretty intense. " The West Chester native said he's thankful every day to be a part of Penn State's defense. While many dread practice, Nassib said it's his favorite part of the day. And it shows.
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April 3, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Coming off a tough 2014 season, Penn State's offense already seems stronger to Christian Hackenberg. And it's not only physical toughness, the sophomore quarterback said, but mental fortitude after overcoming adversity last year. "My mind was in a lot of places last year. I kind of lost that ability to focus on myself when I need to and make sure I'm doing my job," Hackenberg said Wednesday. "It's awesome having the confidence I have in them now to make sure they're doing their job, and the confidence in my leadership to step up and hold them to the standard of doing their job. " Coach James Franklin has made a point of defending his quarterback during spring practice.
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