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August 27, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The new president of Pennsylvania State University said Monday that the school should be "rewarded" for establishing what he said was the best compliance and sports ethics program nationwide following the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal, but stopped short of calling for a reduction of NCAA penalties. Speaking to reporters after a monthly press luncheon in Harrisburg, Eric Barron was asked whether he believed the NCAA's sanctions, including $60 million in fines, should be reviewed.
SPORTS
August 27, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
George O'Leary has been around long enough not to get too worried when planning for an opponent with a new head coach, and thus no filmed record of the type of offense or defense the rival coach plans to run with that team. Central Florida's 68-year-old head coach is getting the Knights, who are coming off a 12-1 season and a Fiesta Bowl victory over Baylor, ready for Saturday's season opener against Penn State and new coach James Franklin in Dublin, Ireland. There's no way of predicting what Franklin might do on offense with a quarterback as gifted as Christian Hackenberg.
SPORTS
August 26, 2014
From Silas Redd to Rob Bolden, Joe Juliano tracks nine players who transferred out of Penn State. philly.com/philly/ sports/colleges/
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August 26, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
In any discussion of Christian Hackenberg - his personality, his skills as a quarterback, his future at Penn State and beyond - Micky Sullivan acknowledges his prejudice at the start. If there's a benefit of the doubt to be given, Sullivan is going to give it to Hackenberg, and he makes no apologies for it. He coached Hackenberg at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. He plays golf with him in the spring and summer. He traveled down to St. Petersburg, Fla., in January 2013 when Hackenberg played in the Under Armour All-American Game.
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August 26, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
James Franklin landed at University Park Airport on Jan. 11 brimming with excitement as he prepared to become Penn State's new head football coach. In the 71/2 months since, he has impressed the citizens of Nittany Nation with his enthusiasm, his energy, his sense of humor, and his skill at convincing high school recruits to come to Happy Valley. However, Franklin now faces the daunting task next weekend of actually coaching Penn State in a game for the first time. And the chips are stacked against him. This was the year that the NCAA sanctions of July 23, 2012, were supposed to put a choke hold on the Nittany Lions' program, a direct effect of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal.
SPORTS
August 26, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
RB Silas Redd (to Southern California) - As a sophomore in 2011, Redd rushed for 1,241 yards, but the lure of USC head coach Lane Kiffin was too great after the sanctions hit. He shared the No. 1 job in his first season with the Trojans and picked up 905 yards on the ground. He underwent arthroscopic surgery in the spring of 2013 to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. After missing the first five games of the season, he played in only six contests and picked up 376 yards. He signed as a free agent with the Washington Redskins and is battling his Penn State predecessor, Evan Royster, for a backup job. QB Rob Bolden (to LSU)
SPORTS
August 22, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
With Penn State's season opener approaching next week in Ireland, coach James Franklin and his staff have turned the page from training camp to preparing for Central Florida. But Franklin acknowledged Wednesday that there still is work to be done. There's the development of depth and cohesion along the offensive line. And there's making progress on the Nittany Lions' offensive, defensive, and special-teams' schemes. In a conference call with reporters, Franklin said the Lions broke camp - his first as the team's head coach - on Tuesday night, and coaches are modifying the game plans drawn up during the summer "because we have a better idea of who we are . . . and who we're going to be playing with.
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August 22, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 22, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
WILDWOOD, N.J. - Nine a.m. roll call, Wildwood Beach Patrol. "David Buckley? Here. . . . Brett Kubiak? Here. . . . Joe Kubiak? Here. . . . Myra McCann? Here. " Next up: Sunscreen application? Moving the lifeguard stands? "Iron Rookie heat today. " Three first-summer lifeguards headed to the beach, just down from Morey's Pier. Their work day started with a half-mile run, a half-mile row, a 200-yard swim. (Yes, the swim is last.) Even for those not competing one morning, time was put into their schedule for a workout.
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August 20, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
BRANDON BELL is still figuring out the category of linebacker into which he best fits. He could be suited for the strong side, but could also very well have a future on the weak side or even in the middle. As of the start of Penn State's fall practices 2 weeks ago, that was still to be determined. What's certain is that Bell, a true sophomore from Mays Landing, N.J., has a chance to start for the Nittany Lions this season on either side of middle linebacker and fifth-year senior Mike Hull.
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