January 19, 2016 |
For more than 150 years, Pennsylvania State University's departing senior class has given a gift to the university: a solar panel, a green roof, sculpture, signs, and scholarships. This year, seniors voted for a less visible project, yet one they hope will have a lasting impact. They will donate what could be as much as $250,000 for an endowment to support mental-health services at the university. Senior Ramon Guzman Jr., 20, a Central High graduate from Philadelphia who is executive director of the senior class gift campaign, wept when he learned the results of the vote.
January 18, 2016 |
The James Franklin era at Penn State - the whole thing - might come down to new offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, the former Fordham head coach. If Moorhead can put an efficient product on the field, the first couple of Franklin seasons of treading water will go down as the cost of doing business. If a Moorhead offense can't get moving, however, it's hard to believe Franklin will be in charge of picking a third coordinator. We're not saying Moorhead gets only a year in Happy Valley.
January 16, 2016 |
The skies yielded some pretty colors for sunset in the Philadelphia area Thursday, as predicted by a Pennsylvania State University group that developed a model for forecasting vivid sunsets and sunrises. Some viewers saw stunning tangerine and crimson red streaked across the horizon amid high, wispy clouds. Thursday night's event wasn't quite as good as Wednesday's, when the model predicted - and got - an especially vivid sunset, team member Ben Reppert said. But it was certainly "above average," he added.
January 15, 2016 |
The revolving door continued Wednesday within the Penn State football program, with former Minnesota assistant coach Matt Limegrover being hired as the team's new offensive line coach, and running back Akeel Lynch announcing he will use his final season of eligibility at another school. Limegrover, a native of Pittsburgh who spent the last five seasons at Minnesota as its offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, replaces Herb Hand. Hand announced Monday that he accepted an offer to coach the offensive line at Auburn.
January 13, 2016 |
Penn State lost the second member of coach James Franklin's staff in the last three days on Monday when offensive line coach Herb Hand was hired by Auburn to coach its offensive line. In accepting the job, Hand was reunited with Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn. The two worked together as co-offensive coordinators at Tulsa in 2007 and 2008 when the Golden Hurricane boasted the nation's top offense. In a statement released by Auburn, Hand said he was "especially excited to rejoin Coach Malzahn and work with him again.
January 12, 2016 |
Penn State coach James Franklin wasted no time appointing a new defensive coordinator, announcing Sunday that linebackers coach Brent Pry would take over the job vacated when Bob Shoop agreed to become the defensive coordinator at Tennessee. Pry, who worked with Shoop as co-defensive coordinator, also was promoted to associate head coach by Franklin. He has been a member of Franklin's staff for the last five years, three at Vanderbilt and two at Penn State. "I am excited about the future of this program and this defense," Pry, a native of Altoona, said in a statement.
January 11, 2016 |
The world was much wider in 1960. And because 90-second casts and parochial newspapers offered few glimpses beyond our hometown and home state, we were bound more tightly to both locales. Back then I was certain Philadelphia was the world's sports capital. I proudly pointed out the fact that three fellow Pennsylvanians - Wilt Chamberlain, Johnny Unitas, and Arnold Palmer - ruled their respective games. And, in baseball, Stan Musial wasn't far behind. Pennsylvania's sports stars were as tough, gritty, and abundant as the state's other great resources - steel and coal - the production of which was likely to have employed these athletes' fathers.
January 9, 2016 |
Adam Breneman, ranked as the nation's No. 1 high school tight end in his class, committed to Penn State in March 2012, 10 days after quarterback Christian Hackenberg. The two then joined forces to make sure that Bill O'Brien's 2013 recruiting class stayed together after the NCAA punished the university with harsh sanctions stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Breneman became a highly respected figure once he got to Happy Valley, but after a promising freshman season, his left knee betrayed him. After surgery, a redshirt year and two brief appearances this season, Breneman decided the pain in his knee had become too much, and he announced Thursday that he is stepping away from the game.
January 9, 2016 |
Dan Connor, a former star linebacker at Strath Haven and Penn State, was named football coach at Archbishop Carroll on Thursday. "I met with the players around noon," said the 30-year-old from Broomall. "It went well. They all came up afterward to shake my hand. It was encouraging. " Connor, who played six years in the NFL, was a linebackers coach at West Chester University for the last two seasons. "I'm happy for Carroll, but sad for us," said West Chester coach Bill Zwaan, who quarterbacked Carroll to the city championship in 1971.
January 4, 2016 |
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Christian Hackenberg's announcement on Saturday that he would declare for the NFL draft came as news to Trace McSorley. The redshirt freshman backup quarterback said he had never talked to Hackenberg about what next season would hold. With that future suddenly clearer, "I feel like I just have to come in and compete for that job," McSorley said. "Now, the real work starts. " While he did not know it at the time, Penn State's 24-17 loss to Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl served as an early opportunity for McSorley to secure that starting role.