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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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August 29, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State could have its ban on postseason football lifted by next year if it receives a favorable report on how it has complied with recommendations made in the Freeh report in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal, the Sporting News reported Wednesday. The Sporting News quoted two sources within the NCAA as saying that the university would have a "strong case" to get the probation lifted if it continues to "reach and go beyond" benchmarks set in the NCAA sanctions following release of the Freeh report, which investigated Penn State's response to Sandusky's crimes.
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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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August 26, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
In any discussion of Christian Hackenberg - his personality, his skills as a quarterback, his future at Penn State and beyond - Micky Sullivan acknowledges his prejudice at the start. If there's a benefit of the doubt to be given, Sullivan is going to give it to Hackenberg, and he makes no apologies for it. He coached Hackenberg at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. He plays golf with him in the spring and summer. He traveled down to St. Petersburg, Fla., in January 2013 when Hackenberg played in the Under Armour All-American Game.
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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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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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September 1, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State exhibited new starters, new schemes, and new players in its season opener in Ireland, but it was the same old Christian Hackenberg who carried the Nittany Lions to their nail-biting victory over Central Florida. Hackenberg, a sophomore, became the first quarterback in Penn State history to reach the 400-yard plateau, finishing 32 of 47 for 454 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 26-24 victory over the Knights at Croke Park in the Nittany Lions coaching debut of James Franklin.
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August 30, 2014
Saturday, 8:30 a.m.; Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland TV/Radio: ESPN2; WNTP-AM (990), WNPV-AM (1440). Coaches: Penn State, James Franklin (first season); Central Florida, George O'Leary (11th season, 72-56). Series: Penn State leads the series, 2-1. UCF picked up its first victory over the Nittany Lions last season, 34-31, at Beaver Stadium. Three Things to Watch This will be the first chance to watch the style of offense and defense to be employed by Franklin and the members of his coaching staff, most of whom followed him to Happy Valley from Vanderbilt.
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August 30, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
In his 231 days as Penn State's head football coach, James Franklin has dazzled Nittany Lions football fans with his energy and enthusiasm, his ability to recruit, and his pleasant manner when he's been around them. Now, finally, those fans get to see him coach a football game. The James Franklin Era officially begins Saturday - in Ireland of all places - when the Lions take on Central Florida at the Croke Park Classic in Dublin. Reportedly, hundreds have crossed the Atlantic to see the debut in person.
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August 29, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Much of the excitement surrounding Penn State's 2014 season is generated from what's new, most notably first-year head coach James Franklin. While the hype is there for Franklin's inaugural campaign, injuries and departures - two aspects of football any team likes avoiding - will play a significant role in the Nittany Lions' upcoming season. And Franklin knows it. Franklin, who made Vanderbilt relevant in his 3 years as head coach before succeeding Bill O'Brien at Penn State on Jan. 11, and his team's concerns include lack of offensive line depth and the loss of Allen Robinson, one of the most prolific wide receivers in school history.
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August 29, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's difficult to tell whether Penn State defensive end Deion Barnes was more unhappy with his play last year or with the criticism he received for dropping below his level of performance from the previous season, when he was named Big Ten freshman of the year. There wasn't much of a commitment coming either way from Barnes earlier this month at media day for the Nittany Lions. "I'm only worrying about this year," the redshirt junior from Northeast High said. "Last year is last year.
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August 29, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
DUBLIN - James Franklin hasn't seen too much of Ireland. At least, not yet. Franklin and the Nittany Lions arrived in Ireland early yesterday morning, but didn't visit Temple Bar or Dublin Castle. They did have dinner last night at the Guinness Storehouse, a top Dublin attraction. The first-year coach, ahead of his inaugural game at Penn State - a clash with Central Florida on Saturday at Dublin's Croke Park - has made it known that this is a business trip. And so far, that's what it has been for the Lions.
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August 29, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State could have its ban on postseason football lifted by next year if it receives a favorable report on how it has complied with recommendations made in the Freeh report in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal, the Sporting News reported Wednesday. The Sporting News quoted two sources within the NCAA as saying that the university would have a "strong case" to get the probation lifted if it continues to "reach and go beyond" benchmarks set in the NCAA sanctions following release of the Freeh report, which investigated Penn State's response to Sandusky's crimes.
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August 29, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
DUBLIN - It was supposed to be O'Brien against O'Leary in Ireland. But that would have been too perfect, right? Instead of the ultimate Irish matchup, James Franklin's Nittany Lions will face George O'Leary's Knights, as Penn State and Central Florida open their seasons in Dublin at Croke Park at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) tomorrow. After taking over for Bill O'Brien in January, Franklin has won several battles on the recruiting trail, but has not yet competed on the sideline. Tomorrow affords him that opportunity.
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August 28, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Penn State traveling party to Ireland included more than 300 people, about 20,000 pounds of gear, and some lingering questions in anticipation of the Nittany Lions' season opener and head coach James Franklin's first game Saturday as the team's head coach. The questions concerned competitions for starting positions at left guard and cornerback,the number of true freshmen who will play, and how the new offensive and defensive schemes will work against an experienced Central Florida team.
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August 27, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
George O'Leary has been around long enough not to get too worried when planning for an opponent with a new head coach, and thus no filmed record of the type of offense or defense the rival coach plans to run with that team. Central Florida's 68-year-old head coach is getting the Knights, who are coming off a 12-1 season and a Fiesta Bowl victory over Baylor, ready for Saturday's season opener against Penn State and new coach James Franklin in Dublin, Ireland. There's no way of predicting what Franklin might do on offense with a quarterback as gifted as Christian Hackenberg.
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