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September 14, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The atmosphere created by the mix of a night game in front of a sellout crowd of more than 53,000 at High Point Solutions Stadium and a visiting traditional Eastern power is going to be electric. Penn State coach James Franklin has been asked more than a few times during the week whether the Nittany Lions will be ready to match the emotion of Rutgers when the two teams meet on what should be a special Saturday night in Piscataway, N.J. His answer always has been the same, that the Lions prepare the same way for every opponent, no matter how close it is in terms of mileage or its ranking or the fact that it's a Big Ten member.
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September 13, 2014
When: Saturday at 8 p.m. Where: High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, N.J. Records: Penn State, 2-0. Rutgers, 2-0. This is the Big Ten opener for both teams. TV/Radio: Big Ten Network; WNTP-AM (990), WNPV-AM (1440), WIP-AM (610). Coaches: Penn State, James Franklin (1st season, 2-0); Rutgers, Kyle Flood (3d season, 17-11). Series: This is the first meeting of the two teams since 1995 when Penn State won 59-34 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Nittany Lions hold a 22-2 advantage in the series.
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September 13, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood and Penn State coach James Franklin deserve some applause for doing their little part to hype Saturday night's football game. Franklin got in the first shot in the spring, calling New Jersey (and Maryland) in-state recruiting territory for the Nittany Lions. Flood got the last word, often declining to put the words Penn and State together in the lead-up, preferring The team from Pennsylvania. That does have a kind of rhythmic charm. It's coincidental, by the way, that the Scarlet Knights open their life in the Big Ten Conference against TTFP.
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September 13, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christian Hackenberg has put up some terrific numbers through Penn State's first two games of the season, ranking fourth in the FBS with 773 passing yards. However, if the Nittany Lions don't come up with a running game soon, the battering that Hackenberg has endured could take a toll down the line. The Lions (2-0) have rushed for just 163 yards (for a 2.8 average) entering Saturday night's game at Rutgers. Their leading rusher, with 62 yards, is Zach Zwinak, who exceeded that total in a single game seven times last season.
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September 12, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - You don't need a cartographer to confirm the obvious: Penn State is a school in Pennsylvania. However, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood is driving home the point by not referring to Penn State as, well, Penn State. Rather, the third-year head coach uses terms like "the team from Pennsylvania" or "the neighbor to the west. " Penn State coach James Franklin took the high road Tuesday, saying he is "good about" Flood's comments. He also said he has a lot of respect for the coach.
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September 11, 2014 | By John Stuetz, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Five times James Franklin hammered home what he wanted to talk about at his weekly news conference Tuesday, but he still had justifiable doubts about his attempt to steer the conversation. "I would like to talk about Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers and then maybe a little bit more about Rutgers," Franklin said as he addressed the media for the first time since the NCAA's announcement that the team's bowl ban had been lifted. "It's probably not going to happen, though.
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September 11, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Senior linebacker Mike Hull was just finishing up eating at Chick-fil-A when he heard the news. Sitting with fellow seniors Brad Bars, Jesse Della Valle and Miles Dieffenbach, Hull saw something on Twitter that, since July 23, 2012, he never thought would happen in his time at Penn State. Hull said 30 seconds later he and his teammates received a mass text message from head coach James Franklin to rush over to the Lasch Football Building for a meeting. At the meeting, Franklin, who said he also found out over social media, reinforced what pretty much everyone knew: Penn State's bowl ban had been lifted.
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September 11, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday that Penn State's limit on scholarships was like "an anchor around your neck. " But the anchor proved futile in limiting Penn State. First-year coach James Franklin quickly assembled a 2015 recruiting class that is ranked in the top 10 by several recruiting services. Imagine what Franklin and his staff might be able to do now that the anchor was lifted Monday when the NCAA decided to drop the sanctions it levied in 2012 against Penn State.
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September 11, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
When football recruiting experts, real or imagined, attach a ranking or stars to a recruit, they're really setting odds. The more stars, the better the odds of a payoff for the school that lands the recruit. That's all it is. In football, more than most sports, evaluating 15- and 16-year-olds, trying to figure what kind of player they'll be at age 21, is a tough and risky business. In addition to the inherent danger of the sport, that's why Division I football teams get so many scholarships.
NEWS
September 10, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - "May no act of ours bring shame" bellowed from the crowd of thousands gathered Monday night outside Beaver Stadium on the Pennsylvania State University campus. Students sang the Penn State alma mater. They climbed atop tall carts and pushed themselves against the metal partition of Gate A, where students enter on game day. And they cheered the NCAA's decision to allow Penn State to compete in a bowl game this postseason and to restore its full number of scholarships for 2015.
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