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July 24, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin acknowledges that he has the type of personality that makes him a little difficult for others to follow at first. "I think, in the beginning, I'm a little bit hard to figure out," Penn State's first-year head coach said while sitting at a conference table in his office in the Lasch Football Building on Monday. "I'm so emotional. I'm so passionate. I'm kind of a psycho. So, I think a lot of people think, 'This guy, is he for real?' " In the six months since he became the Nittany Lions' fourth head coach in the last four years, Franklin has shown players, fans, alumni, media, and the person on the street that this is who he is - an enthusiastic and intense coach who developed his personality as the son of a single parent living in Langhorne, Bucks County.
NEWS
July 24, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joe Paterno's son is suing Pennsylvania State University, saying his reputation was destroyed when the school fired him and another assistant football coach in the midst of the Jerry Sandusky investigation. In the civil rights suit, filed Monday in federal court in Philadelphia, Joseph "Jay" Paterno and Bill Kenney say they suffered collateral damage from the siege of bad publicity for the university after Sandusky was indicted for child sex abuse in November 2011 and the elder Paterno was dismissed after decades as head coach.
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July 21, 2014
While continuing to work on a 2015 recruiting class already ranked in the top five nationally, Penn State received its first commitment Saturday for the Class of 2016. Pittsburgh running back Miles Sanders gave an oral promise to Nittany Lions coaches while attending a summer camp session. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Sanders, who plays for Woodland Hills High School, also had offers from Michigan, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, and Temple. He is rated four stars by several recruiting websites.
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July 19, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three seniors with ties to the Philadelphia area - Bill Belton of Penn State, Kenneth Harper of Temple, and Raymond Maples of Army - have been named to the preseason watch list for the Doak Walker Award given to the nation's top running back, it was announced Thursday. Belton, who played his high school football at Winslow Township in Camden County, was joined on the watch list by his Nittany Lions teammate, Zach Zwinak. Penn State is one of eight teams to have two running backs on the Walker list.
NEWS
July 13, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa. - Even as Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees voted Friday to raise tuition by nearly 3 percent on its main campus, new president Eric Barron announced plans to focus on reining in soaring student debt. Over the last 10 years, Penn State graduates' debt has grown from an average of less than $20,000 to $35,000, Barron told the board during its meeting at the Penn State Schuylkill campus here. About two-thirds of students graduate with debt, the same percentage as a decade ago. It was Barron's first presentation as president to the board, during a meeting where the Jerry Sandusky child-rape scandal was again raised, this time by a trustee also attending his first meeting.
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July 10, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hot basketball prospect Derrick Jones of Archbishop Carroll will begin a three-week tour Wednesday through the July recruiting period. The 6-foot-6 wing will be among 100 players at Philadelphia University for the four-day Reebok Breakout Challenge. Games begin Wednesday at 5 p.m., the start of the NCAA's live period that allows college coaches to evaluate recruits in person. Jones is an ESPN.com five-star recruit who will be a senior in the fall. He has received offers from Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, and Syracuse, among others.
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July 7, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
David Taylor was competing with something important on the line, which is exactly how he likes it. But in the match for the 165-pound Big Ten wrestling championship in March, he found himself in a position wrestlers try very hard to avoid. "The guy got behind me and lifted me off the ground," Taylor said. "In wrestling, when your feet are off the ground, you're in some trouble. " It was an unexpected predicament because Taylor was wrestling for his fourth straight conference title.
NEWS
July 7, 2014 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Ben Franklin is the best. He is a man of firsts for the state and the nation, and he's ours, despite his birth in Boston. Franklin is, by far, the most fun Founding Father, the revolutionary figure with whom you would most want to share that proverbial tankard of ale. We are all about the Benjamin. Franklin is the greatest Pennsylvanian, according to a recent Harper poll of the commonwealth, where 57 percent deemed him tops. Most likely, Franklin will always be our greatest citizen.
NEWS
July 2, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
One thing seems certain: The makeup and size of Pennsylvania State University's embattled board of trustees will change. But how much and what impact the changes will have remain uncertain, as alumni-elected board members remain locked in a struggle for a louder voice on the 32-member body. The board plans to hold a special meeting in August to review proposed changes and aims to vote in September, trying perhaps to preempt legislation now in the state Senate to shrink the board.
NEWS
June 28, 2014
ISSUE | SUPPORTS Lawyering for entire city's betterment Philadelphians should take special note of the call for increased support for legal aid ("Too many Pennsylvanians face their legal troubles alone," June 24). That's not only because so many residents need help with critical problems. It's also because legal-aid organizations, properly supported, can help strengthen the city as a whole - by stemming foreclosures, increasing access to health services, relieving hunger and homelessness, and in other ways contributing toward the building of a better, more successful city.
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