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.
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.
August 22, 2014 |
There are plenty of difficult jobs in America, but perhaps the most challenging and complicated one - at least for the next 10 days - is the task assigned to Penn State football staffers Jay Takach, Michael Hazel, and Kevin Threlkel. The three men are responsible for documenting everything - from office supplies to cleats to face masks to pom-poms - that the Nittany Lions will take with them next week to Ireland in preparation for the Aug. 30 season opener against Central Florida in Dublin.
January 23, 2012 |
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.
February 2, 2012 |
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.
June 4, 2011 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State has tabbed Boston University's Pat Chambers to take over the Nittany Lions basketball program, capping a whirlwind coaching search following the departure of Ed DeChellis. A posting on the website for BU announced the move late Friday afternoon, confirmed soon afterward by Penn State. Chambers, a Newtown Square native and former Villanova assistant, led the Terriers to their first America East title and NCAA tourney in nine seasons this spring.
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.