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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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September 11, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday that Penn State's limit on scholarships was like "an anchor around your neck. " But the anchor proved futile in limiting Penn State. First-year coach James Franklin quickly assembled a 2015 recruiting class that is ranked in the top 10 by several recruiting services. Imagine what Franklin and his staff might be able to do now that the anchor was lifted Monday when the NCAA decided to drop the sanctions it levied in 2012 against Penn State.
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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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September 9, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of David Hare Platt's lifelong ambitions, his family says, was to be his own boss so he could avoid wearing suits and ties. Another was to make sure all children learned to swim safely, for both competition and recreation. Mr. Platt, 66, of Holland, Bucks County, who died Thursday, Sept. 4, of cancer at Chandler Hall Hospice in Newtown, fulfilled both ambitions. From 1983 to 2013, he owned and operated the Newtown Swim Club and Newtown Day Camp. From 1972 to 2001, he opened 24 stores, golf courses, driving ranges, and mini-golf courses in three states under the Somerton Springs banner.
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September 15, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Christian Hackenberg spent most of an electric night at Rutgers running for his life, or scrambling out of trouble, or throwing the football with a Scarlet Knights lineman hanging on to his ankles. But when it counted, the Penn State sophomore hit a pair of clutch passes, including a 23-yarder to Geno Lewis to the 6-yard line. That set up Bill Belton's touchdown run with 1 minute, 13 seconds to play, giving the Nittany Lions a come-from-behind, 13-10 victory Saturday night over Rutgers.
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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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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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September 20, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Citing increased costs and the desire to create a business innovation program, Pennsylvania State University will seek a 6 percent increase in state funding next year. President Eric Barron, speaking at a board of trustees meeting Friday, called the request a "modest increase" aimed in large part at creating a "strategic partnership" with the state to bring business leaders to campus to help guide ideas developed by student researchers into the marketplace. The board-approved request of $307 million represents an increase of $17 million over last year.
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September 20, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
When runners line up for Sunday's Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon, look out for Tyler McCandless. The Bath, Pa., native is coming back from Colorado to run an almost-hometown race. McCandless, 27, ran for Penn State, where he earned all-American honors in the 10,000 meters with a 12th- place finish at the NCAA Division I championships. After graduating in 2010 with both bachelor's and master's degrees in meteorology, he followed his adviser to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, where she is now director of the lab, to do research in solar power forecasting while completing his doctorate.
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September 20, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The perception is that Penn State's tight ends have taken a step back in their offensive roles under James Franklin, but the numbers say different. Jesse James, Kyle Carter and true freshman Mike Gesicki have combined for 18 receptions in the Nittany Lions' first three games, with James (10 catches) accounting for both touchdowns from the position. Previous Penn State coach Bill O'Brien was known for his imagination in utilizing his tight ends, who caught 83 passes in his first season, 2012.
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September 19, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Penn State on Wednesday named John Gondak, a Central Bucks West graduate, as coach and director of cross-country and track and field. Gondak, 41, had been the interim coach since July, when Beth Alford-Sullivan left for Tennessee. He has been with the Nittany Lions for the last eight years. Men's soccer. Wyatt McCall and Michael Stewart scored as 18th-ranked Swarthmore earned a 2-1 victory over Richard Stockton (6-2-1) in Galloway, N.J. The Garnet (6-0) will put their 17-game unbeaten streak at home on the line Saturday against sixth-ranked Franklin & Marshall.
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September 19, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Throwing a haymaker is normally frowned upon in football, and unless you're Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, kicking isn't usually used to dominate an opponent, either. But those skills, along with a combination of other training methods, have given Penn State senior defensive tackle Anthony Zettel an edge. Zettel, who has racked up seven tackles for loss and three sacks through three games this year, is using his high motor, flexible hips and swift hands to get by offensive linemen and into the backfield.
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September 19, 2014
ARCHBISHOP WOOD senior offensive/defensive lineman Ryan Bates has been selected to the 2015 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. Bates, a 6-5, 285-pounder, is a Penn State commit and was the top-rated offensive lineman on the Daily News' All-City team as a junior. One of four senior captains, Bates looks to help the Vikings defend their second Class AAA state title in three seasons. Wood head coach Steve Devlin also has accepted an invitation to coach the game.
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September 19, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Alex Pechin is recognized the most for his play as Unionville's second-year quarterback, but several colleges are showing interest in his leg more than his arm. In this season's opener, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior drilled two field goals, including a 50-yarder, to help the host Indians nip nonleague rival Garnet Valley, 8-6. Because of his booming kicks and excellent showing in the classroom, Pechin has drawn interest from the likes of...
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September 19, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State fans knew at the start of the 2014 football season that they would have to wait for the Nittany Lions to develop their running game before it became somewhat proficient. The Lions are entering Week 4 Saturday against Massachusetts, and the fans are still waiting. However, the advice from senior tailback Bill Belton is basically: Don't despair, we're going to get this right very soon. "I don't think we're that far away at all," the former Winslow Township High star said Wednesday.
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September 19, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Behind the defensive line are the linebackers, and if an offensive playmaker gets by the second level, the linebackers, of course, can lean on defensive backs. But if a ball carrier gets past the secondary? See ya. "We're the last line of defense," Penn State cornerbacks coach Terry Smith said. "Our mistakes are touchdowns. " Thankfully for Smith and the Nittany Lions secondary, that final wall before the end zone has held firm so far, and it needs to remain solid this weekend against a quietly potent Massachusetts offense.
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September 18, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Avoiding a swarm of pass rushers, Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg found a second to breathe, recognized a small pocket of space downfield and hurled a screamer to his receiver for a 14-yard pickup and first down. It was one of the few times in the first half of Saturday's game at Rutgers that Hackenberg, who looked like a centerfielder gunning a runner out at home, was able to step into a pass and hit his wideout. Standing tall in the pocket and able to read the field in front of him, Hackenberg, with his rocket arm and uncanny awareness for a sophomore, is at the very least one of the most confident gunslingers in the Big Ten. But no quarterback, whether it's an NFL Pro Bowler or high school freshman, can be fully effective - or, looking long-term, healthy - when he spends most of a game on their back.
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