December 8, 2011 |
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.
June 17, 2013 |
It was about two or three weeks ago, Shep Garner said, that he decided he would go to Penn State. But he had to keep it a secret. Before he made it official, the Roman Catholic shooting guard needed some special clearance. "My mom wanted to see the campus and meet the coaches face-to-face," Garner said. "She said she wanted to see if she felt a good vibe or bad vibe. And she got a good vibe. " Garner committed to the Nittany Lions on Saturday morning, a day after touring the campus with his parents.
October 9, 1996 |
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.
February 16, 2013 |
Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien formally announced Thursday the hiring of Anthony Midget as an assistant coach in charge of safeties. Midget, 34, a former all-American cornerback at Virginia Tech, coached the last five seasons at Georgia State, his last year as defensive coordinator. He replaces John Butler, who was promoted to defensive coordinator of the Nittany Lions after Ted Roof left to take the same job at Georgia Tech. "Anthony will be a great addition to our staff," O'Brien said in a statement.
October 20, 2010 |
Fun. Enthusiasm. Passion. Emotion. Morale. Swagger. Those are the buzzwords being tossed around by the Penn State football team this week as the Nittany Lions, whose most recent afternoon spent on a Big Ten Conference field (a 33-13 loss to Illinois on Oct. 9 in Beaver Stadium) was noticeably absent of any of those things, seek to restore whatever it is that might pump fresh life into a group that too often of late has appeared to be listless and uninvolved. Asked for a word that best describes the improved attitude he and his teammates presumably share coming off a much-needed bye week and heading into Saturday afternoon's conference game at Minnesota, Penn State linebacker Nate Stupar said, "I would say 'passion.
February 13, 1986 |
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.
June 12, 2013 |
Think of Gov. Corbett as a swimmer and Pennsylvania State University as a dangerous rip current threatening to pull him out to sea. Fallout from the child sex-abuse case involving former PSU football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky helps keep the Republican governor's job-approval ratings low and could damage him in the 2014 reelection campaign, political analysts say. A new poll last week agreed. Sure, it's not as visible an issue as the economy, or taxes, or privatization of the state liquor stores.
November 11, 2011 |
AVALON, N.J. - A thick wave of fog washed over the beach yesterday, spilling onto the dunes and scrubby pines, right to the deck of Joe Paterno's oceanfront home. You could almost imagine the fallen legend out on the deck alone, staring off into the mist. He will have more time for that, now that he has been deposed as Penn State's football coach. This town's motto is "Cooler by a Mile," and for 25 years Paterno and his family have traveled more than 250 miles to chill out inside a comparatively modest two-story house nestled between certifiable mansions on the dunes.
July 26, 1998 |
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.
February 12, 2012 |
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.