April 7, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin expressed confidence in his first Penn State team's development after its 11th spring practice on Saturday. With the Blue-White Game scheduled for Saturday, there are several positions up for grabs. "The guys have done a great job investing, coming in and watching film," Franklin said to a small gathering of reporters in the Lasch Football Building's weight room. "I don't look at the big picture - it's just wake up every single morning and maximize that day. And I think our guys have been doing that.
April 6, 2014 |
Before Joe Logue traded in his skates for track spikes, his primary craft involved a sheet of ice and a hockey puck. While getting cut from the ice hockey team at Pennridge in his freshman year was a major emotional setback, Logue said it opened the door to reach his potential on the track. "When I first joined track, I was only out there to stay in shape for ice hockey," Logue said. "Then I got cut from the hockey team, I focused on track, and things really took off. "I guess it was a blessing that I got cut from the hockey team, because if I hadn't, I wouldn't be where I am today.
April 5, 2014 |
Christian Hackenberg hit the ground running after he reported to Penn State last summer for his first season of college football, cramming as much of Bill O'Brien's complex offense into his head as he could before leading the Nittany Lions into their season opener on Labor Day weekend. Now Hackenberg is learning all over again this spring, trying to grasp the nuances of the Lions' new offense under coach James Franklin. However, the quarterback's task this time is easier because of the experience he gained last season when he threw for 2,955 yards and 20 touchdowns as a true freshman.
April 4, 2014 |
Reports from Penn State indicate that the Nittany Lions have suffered the second serious injury of their spring football practice sessions. Tight end Adam Breneman is out for the rest of the spring with a bruised knee, according to several websites. Breneman caught 15 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns last season playing in a three-tight end rotation as a freshman. Blue White Illustrated was the first website to report his injury. Penn State coach James Franklin does not comment on injuries, and a team spokesman said any update on Breneman would have to come from the coach.
April 3, 2014 |
Jack Sherry, 81, of Drexel Hill, a two-sport star at Penn State and the captain of the Nittany Lions' only basketball team to reach the NCAA Final Four, died Monday night in Lankenau Hospital. Born in West Philadelphia, the oldest of six children, Mr. Sherry, a 1950 graduate of West Catholic, attended Penn State on a football scholarship. Playing offensive end and defensive back, he set a team record in 1952 with eight interceptions, a mark that stood until 1969. As a senior in 1954, he led the Nittany Lions in receiving yards and tied for the lead in receptions.
March 31, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Eight practices into Penn State's spring slate, James Franklin is concerned about his team's lack of depth at certain positions. "I think we've got really good football players and great kids here, but we just don't have enough of them," Franklin said. "That's the reality of it. " The coach holds more confidence in his defense than his offense. With players such as Allen Robinson and John Urschel not returning, Franklin said the wide receiver and offensive line positions are the least stable.
March 30, 2014
For dear old State's students With voting on trustees to begin April 10, Pennsylvania State University needs a board of trustees that will focus on its future, not the past ("Business leaders vying to be Penn State trustees," March 23). As parents of two Penn State students, we support the candidates endorsed by the Upward State slate - including Julie McHugh, Dan Cocco, and Matt Schuyler - because they are focused on putting students first and making a Penn State education more affordable and accessible.
March 24, 2014 |
Since I wrote about ex- Sallie Mae CEO Albert Lord running as an extra-qualified Penn State alumni trustee candidate - who better than a guy who tamed Washington and Wall Street while collecting America's tuition for 30 years? - I've heard from other business leaders hunting for seats in the balloting from April 10 to May 9. Lord was endorsed last week by Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship (PS4RS), which elected trustees the last two years on a platform objecting that the board copped too easily in the 2011 Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal to the stern criticisms of the Louis Freeh report, the costly NCAA sanctions, and the de-sanctification of the late football coach Joe Paterno . Also favored by PS4RS are ex-State Sen. Robert Jubelirer and St. John's University prof Alice Pope . Against them - among others - is the Upward State slate, backed by insiders, including three past heads of the Penn State alumni association.
March 21, 2014 |
Seven months before Jerry Sandusky's arrest, investigators believed they were on the verge of a bigger bombshell: that top officials at Pennsylvania State University had for years protected a serial sex abuser who assaulted young boys on campus. In a closed-door meeting, Deputy Attorney General Frank G. Fina asked a judge to let them get years of e-mails from officials, including coach Joe Paterno and President Graham B. Spanier. "It appears possible that quite a number of people at Penn State University either knew or suspected something untoward was happening," Fina said.
March 20, 2014 |
Chances are there won't be many 15-year-olds sitting by themselves high in the First Niagara Center on Thursday night when St. Joseph's and Connecticut meet in a second-round NCAA tournament game. And if there are, when that Buffalo doubleheader concludes about midnight, it's doubtful any will be hitchhiking part of the way home. The world and the NCAA tournament have changed since the last time the Hawks and the Huskies opened against each other. On Monday, March 8, 1965, I attended the Palestra tripleheader that launched the NCAA tournament that year.