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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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July 24, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
WHEN JAMES Franklin hopped off the plane in State College in January, he brought a tangible energy, highlighted by a "We are" chant just minutes after deplaning. His second message was just as clear as the first. He wanted to get back to Penn State's roots and keep the best players in the state of Pennsylvania. "Dominate the state" became the slogan that he ran with as he started putting together the class of 2015, the first totally his as Penn State's coach. Franklin has done well to keep his promise to Nittany Lion Nation, bringing in what is the fifth-best recruiting class in the country for 2015, according to Rivals.com.
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July 28, 2014 | By Kristen Nelson, For The Inquirer
Penn State named Sandy Barbour, the former athletic director at California, as its new AD on Saturday, making her the first woman to hold the position in school history. University president Eric Barron announced Barbour's hiring at a news conference, saying it was a unanimous decision by the selection committee tasked with replacing David Joyner. "When you spend a professional lifetime serving institutions and most importantly students," Barbour said, "you dream of coming to a program like Penn State.
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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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July 7, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
David Taylor was competing with something important on the line, which is exactly how he likes it. But in the match for the 165-pound Big Ten wrestling championship in March, he found himself in a position wrestlers try very hard to avoid. "The guy got behind me and lifted me off the ground," Taylor said. "In wrestling, when your feet are off the ground, you're in some trouble. " It was an unexpected predicament because Taylor was wrestling for his fourth straight conference title.
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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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July 29, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
When she makes her first coaching hire, there's no way new Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour can or will hire a Sandy Barbour. Coaches who get pushed out at big-time schools rarely get hired the same year at bigger-time schools. Athletic director, however, is a different job. Athletic director at Penn State in 2014 may still be a unique job. Hiring Barbour, who was let go earlier this year after a 10-year run at the University of California, suggests that no highly regarded AD at a school of reasonable size and strong ambition would go to Happy Valley.
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July 29, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State has hired Sandy Barbour as athletic director, university president Eric Barron announced at a news conference Saturday. Barbour, 54, spent a decade as the AD at California-Berkeley before leaving her position about a month ago, will begin her new job on Aug. 18. "When you spend a professional lifetime serving institutions and most importantly students, you dream of coming to a program like Penn State," said Barbour, who is the first woman AD in Penn State history.
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July 29, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Five U.S. representatives from Pennsylvania have asked the NCAA to rescind the penalties imposed on Pennsylvania State University for its leaders' handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. "Continuing these unprecedented sanctions harms innocent student athletes and further erodes the increasingly specious credibility" of the NCAA, the five lawmakers wrote in a July 24 letter to Mark Emmert, president of the organization that oversees college sports. The representatives cited an April 9 Commonwealth Court ruling that sharply questioned the validity of a consent decree between the NCAA and Penn State imposing the penalties.
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July 29, 2014 | By JACK McCARTHY, Special to the Daily News
CHICAGO - The darkest days of Penn State football may be receding as the focus moves back onto the field. While sanctions remain against Nittany Lions football in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal the subject barely came up at yesterday's Big Ten football media day. About the closest new coach James Franklin came to addressing NCAA punishments came when asked to compare building up his former Vanderbilt program and obstacles...
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July 29, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - James Franklin greeted the audience Monday at his first Big Ten football media day by joking that he had chosen to walk up the stairs to his room rather than go to his floor in an elevator that didn't have the Penn State logo on its door. Given that Big Ten coaches by and large are not a jovial bunch, at least when they're addressing a crowd of media, Franklin got everyone's attention right away. The Nittany Lions' rookie head coach filled his allotted 15 minutes speaking of team depth, quarterback Christian Hackenberg, his inexperienced offensive line and next month's trip to Ireland.
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July 28, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Francis J. McKibbin Jr., 67, of Center City, an architect who served as manager of major building projects in Philadelphia and elsewhere, died Friday, July 18, of sarcoma at Pennsylvania Hospital. Born in Germantown, he graduated from Father Judge Catholic High School for Boys. He earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from Pennsylvania State University. He worked for Day & Zimmerman Associates, which became the Vitetta Group. He joined Alta Management as a partner with Majid Alseya, and later founded his own firm, Three Peaks Management.
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July 24, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
WHEN JAMES Franklin hopped off the plane in State College in January, he brought a tangible energy, highlighted by a "We are" chant just minutes after deplaning. His second message was just as clear as the first. He wanted to get back to Penn State's roots and keep the best players in the state of Pennsylvania. "Dominate the state" became the slogan that he ran with as he started putting together the class of 2015, the first totally his as Penn State's coach. Franklin has done well to keep his promise to Nittany Lion Nation, bringing in what is the fifth-best recruiting class in the country for 2015, according to Rivals.com.
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July 24, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin acknowledges that he has the type of personality that makes him a little difficult for others to follow at first. "I think, in the beginning, I'm a little bit hard to figure out," Penn State's first-year head coach said while sitting at a conference table in his office in the Lasch Football Building on Monday. "I'm so emotional. I'm so passionate. I'm kind of a psycho. So, I think a lot of people think, 'This guy, is he for real?' " In the six months since he became the Nittany Lions' fourth head coach in the last four years, Franklin has shown players, fans, alumni, media, and the person on the street that this is who he is - an enthusiastic and intense coach who developed his personality as the son of a single parent living in Langhorne, Bucks County.
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July 24, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joe Paterno's son is suing Pennsylvania State University, saying his reputation was destroyed when the school fired him and another assistant football coach in the midst of the Jerry Sandusky investigation. In the civil rights suit, filed Monday in federal court in Philadelphia, Joseph "Jay" Paterno and Bill Kenney say they suffered collateral damage from the siege of bad publicity for the university after Sandusky was indicted for child sex abuse in November 2011 and the elder Paterno was dismissed after decades as head coach.
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