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 3, 1995 |
Penn State had beaten Oregon, 38-20, in the Rose Bowl, but it was like it hadn't won a thing. Unbeaten, untied, really unchallenged in all but two of its 12 games, everybody wanted to know about Nebraska and No. 1 and the national championship. They wore hats and shirts that said they were the 1994 national champions, but winning, Penn State players have learned, is no longer enough. Not even winning every game. Instead, the national champion will be decided by voters, not a title game.
October 21, 1991 |
As a freshman, Jill Pearsall, a 1991 Penn Wood graduate, has stepped right into the starting lineup at Penn State, one of the top women's field hockey programs in the nation. Pearsall has started every game as a midfielder for the No. 2-ranked Nittany Lions (12-1-1), who tied Ursinus last Wednesday and whose only loss came to top-ranked Old Dominion, 5-2, in the season opener. Pearsall, a solid defender, has one assist on the season, in a 4-1 victory over the University of Virginia on Sept.
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.
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.
November 15, 2010 |
For three games, quarterback Matt McGloin had his Penn State teammates and coaches, not to mention the fans, believing he could take the Nittany Lions on a giddy late-season run that would make up for some disappointments over the first six weeks. But now that the bubble has burst under the avalanche of Ohio State's total domination in the second half of a 38-14 victory Saturday in Columbus, the question is whether McGloin will even continue as the starter. After directing the Lions (6-4, 3-3 Big Ten)
September 13, 2010 |
Joe Paterno had felt during the week that Penn State would be a better team in the long run for having had the opportunity to play Alabama. And now that the game is over with, the veteran coach could be correct. Then again, the Nittany Lions need significantly better play in key areas if they hope to compete with the class of the Big Ten starting in less than three weeks. Any chance the Lions had of staying with the top-ranked Crimson Tide was buried under four turnovers - three of which were claimed in the red zone - and the visitors were battered, 24-3, on Saturday night in steamy Tuscaloosa.
November 22, 2011
T he Pennsylvania State University child sex-abuse scandal has riveted the nation since criminal charges were announced Nov. 5. Requests for records that might reveal what school officials knew, and when, have placed the state's Office of Open Records in the cross fire - especially because Penn State, as a state-related and not state-run university, is exempt from the open-records law. On Monday, the office's executive director, Terry Mutchler, answered...
January 5, 1987 |
'Penn State Proud," a special half-hour program that includes interviews with Penn State's coach Joe Paterno, clips of yesterday's welcome home celebration and highlights of the Nittany Lions' victory Friday over the Miami Hurricanes in the Fiesta Bowl airs tonight at 7 p.m. on Channel 3. The program will be hosted by KYW-TV reporter Jackie Hays and sports director Lou Tilley, who both covered the national championship game on Friday. UNFORGETTABLE The sounds of Nat King Cole are with us still, almost 22 years after cancer killed him at age 45, and they should be increasing in volume during the new year.
January 13, 1989 |
It has been one year and two days since Penn State's orthopedic surgeon, Alexander Kalenak, reconstructed one of the most valuable knees ever to dance across the Beaver Stadium football field. And it has been even longer - Nov. 21, 1987, to be exact - since Kalenak's famous patient, running back Blair Thomas, last ran with a football in anger. Now, after a year of sweating puddles through a spartan regimen of rehabilitation, Thomas, a senior from Frankford High, has pronounced himself fit to resume his spectacular career at Penn State.