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April 23, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
As fans of the Penn Relays witnessed last year, Oregon's Edward Cheserek is one of the finest runners in college track. But there's more to competing for the Ducks than just posting fast times. The Oregon men's team needed to pile up points in the 3,000 meters last month at the NCAA indoor track and field championships, the next-to-last event of the meet, because it did not qualify in the climactic 4x400 relay. So coach Robert Johnson asked Cheserek, a sophomore from St. Benedict's Prep in North Jersey, to run what would be his fourth distance race - including trials and final in the mile and the 1,600-meter leg on the distance medley relay - in two days.
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April 22, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last July, when Penn State finally replaced an interim athletic director who had endured 987 days in the turbulent wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, it hired a woman. A year earlier, when a videotaped tirade by the men's basketball coach surfaced and cost Rutgers' athletic director his job, the New Jersey school did the same. So did Arizona State in 2005 after a football player was charged with murder. When other Division I schools, such as Penn and Eastern Michigan, have experienced sharp downturns in athletic fortunes, they too have turned to women to reinvigorate their slumping programs.
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April 21, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
If there is one thing that Vance Watson, Steve Shisler, Chris Mills and Randy Moore have in common besides competing on the Penn State 4x800-meter relay team that holds the Penn Relays record, it's their amazement that the mark has survived 30 years. It was a sunny and pleasant Saturday at Franklin Field in 1985 when the Nittany Lions outran some of the nation's top middle-distance teams, including Villanova, Georgetown, and Arizona State, and broke the tape in 7 minutes, 11.17 seconds after Moore's 1:45.5 anchor leg, fastest in carnival history at the time.
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April 21, 2015 | BY GORDIE JONES, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop said Saturday that on more than one occasion over the last several months, end Carl Nassib has approached him with a request. "Invest in me," Nassib told him. "I'm a good investment. " It was clear after the Blue-White Game, the scrimmage marking the end of the Nittany Lions' spring practice, that the coaching staff is prepared to do just that. "He's a beast," Shoop said of the Malvern Prep graduate. "He's the type of guy who I think will come out of nowhere and [have]
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April 20, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State's annual Blue-White Game on Saturday featured a lot of sunshine, which was good, and a lot of Christian Hackenberg, which wasn't necessarily good. With backup quarterback Trace McSorley out with an undisclosed injury, Hackenberg had to carry a disproportionate share of the load for the Blue team, a collection of starters and key reserves, against the White, made up of players on the second and third teams, and beyond. As a result, with McSorley out and only two other quarterbacks dressed, Hackenberg took 49 snaps in the Blue's 17-7 victory, many more than coach James Franklin expected.
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April 19, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the 2015 men's lacrosse season opened, optimism abounded at Penn State. Not only were the Nittany Lions making their debut in the Big Ten, but they began the season ranked 14th in the 2015 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division 1 preseason coaches' poll. But the Lions' season has not gone as planned. Headed into Sunday's game vs. Rutgers, the Nittany Lions are 3-8 overall and winless (0-3) in the Big Ten. The 2015 campaign started smoothly enough, with a season-opening 15-8 victory over Vermont.
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April 19, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The way James Franklin saw Penn State's second spring practice as the head football coach, he has found it virtually impossible to compare the sessions with his first spring practice. "To me, when you talk about comparing something, you compare things that are similar," Franklin said earlier this week. "This is like night and day. " The Nittany Lions' spring ends Saturday with the Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium. While Franklin said there is still "a lot of work to do . . . a lot of progress we need to make" before his team visits Lincoln Financial Field for its Sept.
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April 18, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
There couldn't have been a sophomore quarterback in the nation with more on his plate in 2014 than Penn State's Christian Hackenberg. Learning a new offensive system for the second straight season, the talented Hackenberg had to find a way to magically provide points for a team with young wide receivers and a thin and porous offensive line, a combination that resulted in 44 sacks and dozens more knockdowns. However, through all this frustration, Hackenberg answered the call as a leader of the offense, a responsibility that he has embraced more strongly this spring going into the Blue-White Game Saturday at Beaver Stadium.
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April 16, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Akeel Lynch has waited a long time to be Penn State's featured running back. The junior-to-be redshirted his first season with the Nittany Lions and didn't start a single game until the 10th contest of the 2014 season against Temple. Now, Lynch, who finished as Penn State's leading rusher last year with 678 yards despite averaging fewer than 12 rushes per game, has seized the starting role in spring practice and doesn't plan to let go any time soon. "For me individually, it's just establishing myself as the No. 1 running back," he said Tuesday.
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April 15, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State will open the 2015 Big Ten season Sept. 19 against Rutgers in a night game at Beaver Stadium, the Big Ten Network announced Monday. Game time will be set at a later date. The two teams began their Big Ten schedules last year on the third Saturday of their seasons under the lights at High Point Solutions Stadium, with the Nittany Lions rallying from a 10-point deficit to win, 13-10, on Bill Belton's touchdown run with 1 minute, 13 seconds to play. The victory gave the Lions a 23-2 advantage in the series that began in 1918.
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