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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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April 11, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A judge on Wednesday ripped the NCAA for forcing Pennsylvania State University to pay $60 million in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal and said she intended to review whether the penalty was legal. In an opinion upholding a state law that seeks to ensure that the funds go to programs in Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Court Judge Anne E. Covey wrote that there were "many discrepancies" between the NCAA's constitution and its July 2012 agreement with Penn State on the sanctions.
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April 14, 2014 | By Dan Norton, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin failed to reach his first attendance quota as Penn State's head football coach, but he came close. He wanted more than 80,000 to attend the Nittany Lions' annual Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage Saturday, and 72,000 fans filled Beaver Stadium. The game counted as Penn State's 15th and final spring practice. Franklin wasn't demoralized - he joked that his personal counter tallied 82,000. Regardless of the total, the coach fired up the Penn State faithful with his active coaching style.
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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 23, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
FOXBORO, Mass. - It was hard to imagine that Bill O'Brien's transition from Patriots offensive coordinator to Penn State head coach could get any more delicate. But his task grew even more fraught with emotion Sunday when Joe Paterno died, leaving O'Brien to not only replace a legend but to do so while Penn State fans mourn their lionized coach. Paterno's death Sunday morning came as O'Brien prepared for the AFC championship game here, getting ready to help the Patriots reach the Super Bowl.
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February 2, 2012 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
An insurance company covering Pennsylvania State University asked Philadelphia Common Pleas Court to limit its exposure from a lawsuit filed by an alleged sex-abuse victim of Jerry Sandusky. The Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association Insurance Co. argued Tuesday in its filing that it may not be required to cover Penn State at all, depending on what is uncovered as developments emerge from the sex scandal. At stake are millions of dollars that the university could use to defend itself and, if necessary, pay out in a judgment.
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May 20, 2011
Penn State and Northwestern will meet in one of the Big Ten Network's seven prime-time football games in the upcoming season. The Nittany Lions and Wildcats will play on Oct. 22 at Northwestern's Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill., at 7 p.m. It will be the first prime-time matchup between the schools. Penn State leads the series, 11-3. It is Penn State's first game to have an announced time, and means the Lions will be playing at least one prime-time regular-season game for the 12th consecutive season.
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April 16, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Penn State star Maggie Lucas saw her basketball career come full circle on Monday night when the Phoenix Mercury selected her with the 21st pick in the WNBA draft. Phoenix finished 19-15 last season, good for third in the Western Conference. A second-round pick, Lucas was the second player selected by the Mercury, which used the 17th overall pick on Tiffany Bias of Oklahoma State. The two-time Big Ten player of the year, Lucas scored 2,510 points in her career, second all-time at Penn State and fourth overall in the Big Ten. She averaged 21.0 points last season.
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April 15, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - Cole Chiappialle wakes up, rolls out of bed and looks down. A neon green rubber band wraps his right wrist. On it reads in bold letters, "Prove People Wrong. " A former walk-on and rising sophomore running back at Penn State, Chiappialle has worn that wristband since his high school days. It reminds him of his doubters. With little college interest coming out of Blackhawk High in Beaver Falls, coupled with an oft-mispronounced last name, it has been hard for Chiappialle to get noticed.
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April 14, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Despite an economic downturn and a blistering child sex-abuse scandal, Pennsylvania State University exceeded its $2 billion capital campaign goal - several months ahead of schedule. The university said it raised $2.158 billion during the seven-year campaign - $158 million over its goal and the largest amount raised in school history. The university announced the results of "For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students" on Saturday evening amid a weekend of celebration with donors.
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April 14, 2014 | By Dan Norton, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin failed to reach his first attendance quota as Penn State's head football coach, but he came close. He wanted more than 80,000 to attend the Nittany Lions' annual Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage Saturday, and 72,000 fans filled Beaver Stadium. The game counted as Penn State's 15th and final spring practice. Franklin wasn't demoralized - he joked that his personal counter tallied 82,000. Regardless of the total, the coach fired up the Penn State faithful with his active coaching style.
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April 12, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Penn State begins playing football games for real, nothing will be more important to the Nittany Lions than keeping sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg upright and healthy. If the season opener were tomorrow, however, with all the questions about the offensive line, new coach James Franklin would have some major issues. Fortunately for Penn State, which plays its Blue-White spring game Saturday in State College, the real games don't begin for five months. "The guys we have I believe are going to do a good job for us," Franklin said Thursday in a conference call.
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April 11, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
JEFFREY LITTLE, the North Philadelphia man arrested in May 2011 for fatally shooting a Penn State Abington senior during a botched robbery, pleaded guilty to murder yesterday afternoon. Little, 22, his neck and hands covered with tattoos, signed the plea documents on the day that jury selection was set to begin for his first-degree murder trial in Common Pleas Court. If convicted by a jury, Little, a high-school dropout, would have received a mandatory life-without-parole state prison sentence.
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April 11, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A judge on Wednesday ripped the NCAA for forcing Pennsylvania State University to pay $60 million in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal and said she intended to review whether the penalty was legal. In an opinion upholding a state law that seeks to ensure that the funds go to programs in Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Court Judge Anne E. Covey wrote that there were "many discrepancies" between the NCAA's constitution and its July 2012 agreement with Penn State on the sanctions.
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April 10, 2014 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson, the No. 34 overall prospect in the NFLDraftScout.com rankings and seventh-ranked receiver, showed Tuesday much-improved burst and the kind of explosiveness some scouts expected at what proved to be a marginal workout at the NFL scouting combine. With a 4.47-second time in the 40-yard dash, a 42-inch vertical, and a 6.53-second three-cone time at State College, Pa., Robinson vastly improved his athletic results from Indy: 4.60 40, 39-inch vertical, 7.00 three-cone.
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April 7, 2014 | By Tim Gilbert, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin expressed confidence in his first Penn State team's development after its 11th spring practice on Saturday. With the Blue-White Game scheduled for Saturday, there are several positions up for grabs. "The guys have done a great job investing, coming in and watching film," Franklin said to a small gathering of reporters in the Lasch Football Building's weight room. "I don't look at the big picture - it's just wake up every single morning and maximize that day. And I think our guys have been doing that.
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