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.
January 3, 1991 |
Fifteen years ago, Debbie Ryan, who is now the women's basketball coach at Virginia, danced at the wedding of Rene Portland, now Penn State's coach. Tonight is Portland's wedding anniversary. "But I guess this time, Debbie and I will be on opposite sides of the dance floor," Portland said. Tonight, Portland's fourth-ranked Lions (8-0) play Ryan's top-ranked Cavaliers (11-0) in what will be Penn State's first chance to achieve a No. 1 ranking in the weekly poll of women's coaches.
November 7, 2007 |
At his weekly meeting with the media yesterday on the Temple campus, Owls football coach Al Golden recounted a 1987 sit-down he and a few other incoming freshmen had with Penn State coach Joe Paterno. "He lied to us," Golden said with a laugh. "He told us we were going to be his last recruiting class. " Now, 20 years later, Paterno is in his 42d year at Penn State, and he will bring his squad to Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday to face Golden and his Owls in a nonleague game.
January 7, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State reportedly got an up-close look at two more candidates, but apparently lost another yesterday, as the school continues to search for a head football coach to replace Bill O'Brien. University of Miami coach Al Golden, who reportedly met with Penn State officials on Saturday, released a statement on Miami's website indicating he was staying put. "There has been much speculation concerning my future at the University of Miami," the former Penn State player, assistant coach and Temple head coach said in the release.
October 22, 2012 |
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Iowa fans that stayed until the final minutes would not let up. They stood, some 10 feet behind the Nittany Lion sideline, and continued to heckle. "Enjoy your bowl game!" one man shouted. "Send me a postcard from Florida," a woman yelled, before she laughed at her own joke. But when it was all over, it was the Penn State players who ran into the locker room, smiling. The Hawkeyes and their fans were left wondering what happened. Matt McGloin passed for two touchdowns, and Bill Belton ran for three more as Penn State (5-2, 3-0 Big Ten)
October 4, 2010 |
All but the most optimistic of Penn State observers felt the Nittany Lions would complete their first five games at 3-2, with the losses coming on the road against ranked teams. But while they're on schedule as far as their record, the Lions are facing an uphill climb because certain areas of their team - the offense in general, the offensive line in particular - have not shown much improvement through five games. Penn State, which fell out of the top 25 in the rankings for the first time since October 2007, failed to score a touchdown for the second time this season in its 24-3 loss at No. 15 Iowa.
July 18, 2012 |
Should the NCAA slap Penn State with a one-year "death penalty," barring the university's football team from competition? That's the question that has been on many lips since former FBI Director Louis Freeh released his report detailing university officials' cover-up of child sexual abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. But it's the wrong question. The issue isn't what should be done to Penn State; it's what Penn State should do. And the answer is as clear as Nittany Lion blue: Penn State should forfeit one season of its own accord — before the NCAA or anyone else makes the decision for it. Worshipful habits That's what Florida A&M University did to its famous marching band following the death of drum major Robert Champion last year.
November 29, 1999 |
What a difference a day can make. No. 9 Penn State looked invincible, knocking down jumpers from all over the floor in Saturday's win over St. Joseph's. Yesterday, it was Duke that looked unbeatable, shutting down Penn State's shooters on the way to a 63-49 victory over the Lady Lions in the Duke Women's Basketball Classic in Durham, N.C. "This was a huge win for us, and it feels great," Duke's Gail Goestenkors said. "Penn State is an incredibly good team, and we were worried about this game.
August 5, 2010 |
Joe Paterno had gone three months without speaking to the media because of a stubborn illness, so the questions to Penn State's 83-year-old head coach came quickly at the Big Ten football media day earlier this week. How do you feel? What do you think of the conference adding Nebraska as a member? What's your thought on reaching 400 career wins? How long do you want to continue to coach? Will you have a say as to your successor? Or as the anchor of the Big Ten Network's four-plus hours of coverage lamented following Paterno's news conference, "There wasn't one question asking him about his football team.
September 4, 1986 |
Bruce Arians, head football coach at Temple, is ambitious but realistic. That means he knows what loyal Owls fans may find hard to accept - Temple will never be the Penn State of Philadelphia. Never, Arians says flatly. "Penn State and Temple are two different teams in two different cities," he explained. "It just won't happen. " That is the bad news. The good news, at least on the surface, looks like more bad news: Arians does not want Temple to be another Penn State - except when it comes to the win-loss column.