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October 29, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - James Franklin walked into the Beaver Stadium press room and thanked everyone for coming. But instead of continuing his opening statement, he paused. With his head down, Franklin tried to find the right words. After taking 10 seconds to collect himself, the misty-eyed coach held back tears and proceeded. "I want to thank the fans. We had an unbelievable environment tonight," Franklin said. "I'm really proud of Penn State. An example of, when we all come together as a family, we have a chance to do some special things.
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October 28, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Sitting behind a microphone in the Beaver Stadium media room early Sunday, James Franklin was asked for the fourth time in his postgame interview about questionable decisions by the officials in Penn State's double-overtime loss to No. 13 Ohio State. The Nittany Lions coach sighed wearily. "Guys, I know you guys would love for me to give you a sound bite that not only would sell papers but also would get me a big fine," Franklin said. "I'm not going to do it. I'm going to focus on the things that I can control.
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October 27, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State offensive coordinator John Donovan usually likes to call plays from his booth in the press box, but he spent Saturday night on the home sideline at Beaver Stadium to help quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Nittany Lions coach James Franklin said this past week that Donovan would return to the booth on Saturday, after being on the sideline two weeks ago at Michigan. But after meetings on Wednesday, the decision was made to keep Donovan on the sideline.
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October 26, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The first four Saturdays of the college football season were like holidays for Penn State wide receivers DaeSean Hamilton and Geno Lewis, with both catching passes early and often for big yardage in the Nittany Lions' 4-0 start. Then the meat of the Lions' schedule arrived with a steady diet of Big Ten opponents and improved defenses, forcing quarterback Christian Hackenberg to hurry some passes and run for his life on other pass plays. However, after working hard with the offensive line during their second bye week since Sept.
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October 25, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's a sight unlike most in college football - fans wearing white filling up massive Beaver Stadium and screaming at the top of their lungs trying to will Penn State to a victory. The annual "whiteout" is a staple of the Nittany Lions' football season, a festive atmosphere usually held on a crisp autumn night in front of a sellout crowd of more than 107,000 - as will be the case Saturday night when 13th-ranked Ohio State visits Happy Valley. That cheerfulness, however, could turn into gloom rather quickly if Penn State continues to sputter on offense as it has for much of the season, and the Buckeyes continue their dominance of the Nittany Lions for the third consecutive year.
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October 25, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's a closer look at seven South Jersey football games on Friday night, with predictions. All the games will start at 7 o'clock except Egg Harbor Township at St. Augustine, which will kick off at 6. No. 24 Egg Harbor Township (4-1) at No. 9 St. Augustine (5-1). The visiting Eagles have a chance to seize sole possession of second place in the Cape-Atlantic League's American Division, with a home game vs. first-place St. Joseph on the schedule for Halloween night. Senior Kyle Houghton has thrown a touchdown pass in every game for Egg Harbor Township.
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October 24, 2014 | By John Stuetz, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christian Hackenberg committed to a Bill O'Brien-led Penn State program two weeks after his 17th birthday. After a standout freshman season with the Nittany Lions, the native of Palmyra, Va., saw O'Brien jump to the NFL's Houston Texans. A revamped staff led by James Franklin entered Happy Valley in January. Although Franklin came to Penn State with high praise, the combination of a new staff and a less-experienced roster has not yielded overwhelming results, particularly on the offensive side.
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October 24, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Sometimes there are stories that are teed up for sportswriting - for all the cliches of the craft about overcoming adversity or pain or both, for a quick and easy metaphor about how an athlete's triumph represents his team's best chance for an improbable victory. Mike Hull's story is one of those. Hull is Penn State's best linebacker, a 6-foot, 225-pound senior captain who ranks second in the Big Ten in total tackles (64). Who is the son of a former Penn State player and, as such, never seriously considered playing football for, or even attending, another university.
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October 23, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
YEARS FROM NOW, however long it takes, chances are you might become familiar with the name John Reid. The 5-10, 190-pound senior for St. Joseph's Prep is a nationally touted cornerback headed to Penn State next year. And, once his days as a Nittany Lion are complete, it's possible you could see him in a secondary on Sundays, or, you could simply be watching NFL football on a device the self-taught computer creator developed on his own. Indeed, for the last 2 or 3 years, Reid says, he, his father and an uncle have been building a computer - from scratch.
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