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.
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 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.
December 7, 2013 |
His face showing a mix of joy and satisfaction, Penn State coach Bill O'Brien took a seat for his postgame news conference, his demeanor that of a man who couldn't wait to leave the room and start preparing for his team's next game. This scene, however, unfolded after the Nittany Lions closed their 2013 season last Saturday with a 31-24 road upset of No. 14 Wisconsin, meaning O'Brien won't be on the Beaver Stadium sideline for 10 months. O'Brien will stay busy during that time - hiring two new assistant coaches; recruiting; discussing the NFL draft with record-setting wide receiver Allen Robinson; and, maybe, fending off overtures from NFL teams.
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.
January 12, 1990 |
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.
November 3, 2013
When: Saturday at noon. Where: Beaver Stadium, State College, Pa. Records: Illinois (3-4, 0-3 Big Ten); Penn State (4-3, 1-2) TV/Radio: ESPN; WNTP-AM (990), WNPV-AM (1440). Coaches: Illinois, Tim Beckman (2d season, 5-14), Penn State, Bill O'Brien (2d season, 12-7). Series: Penn State holds a 16-4 lead, including a 35-7 win last year in Champaign, Ill. Twelve of the victories have been vacated by NCAA sanctions. THREE THINGS TO WATCH Penn State's pass defense, which allowed Ohio State's receivers far too much cushion catching the football last week, needs to be more aggressive and keep an eye on sophomore Josh Ferguson.
November 24, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE - On the fringe of Penn State's campus, the daunting steel football haven that is Beaver Stadium sits quietly for 358 days a year. But on those seven Saturdays, the second-largest stadium in North America and the area around it filled with burgers and beers come alive. In the last few years, however, fewer people have made the pilgrimage to watch the Nittany Lions, and the stadium's attendance numbers are down for the sixth straight season. Granted, this season's average (96,266)