August 7, 2015 |
1. Will Christian Hackenberg have a bounce-back season? A wise guy's answer would be: "Ask the offensive line. " The Nittany Lions will go as far as Hackenberg takes them, but that means the offensive line has to protect Hackenberg a lot better than it did last year (44 sacks) and revamp a running game that ranked at the bottom of the Big Ten in 2014. Instead of one returning starter, the line brings back four starters from last season plus a highly touted junior college transfer tackle to replace NFL second-round draft choice Donovan Smith.
August 5, 2015 |
The pipeline from Broad and Vine to State College continues. Surrounded by family and friends Monday afternoon at the school's library, Roman Catholic's Tony Carr, a dynamic senior point guard and four-star recruit, committed to play at Penn State. Roman classmate Nazeer Bostick, a 6-foot-4 wing guard and three-star recruit, committed to head coach Pat Chambers and the Nittany Lions in April. Former Cahillites teammate Shep Garner started 33 games as a freshman for Penn State last season.
August 2, 2015 |
CHICAGO - Penn State coach James Franklin said Friday that while his team still needs to make progress along the offensive line, he is encouraged by the increased depth and experience on the unit. Speaking at Big Ten football media days, the second-year head coach of the Nittany Lions was upbeat about the new season and the fact that "we're coming into this season with nothing floating over our heads," a reference to the team now having the maximum number of scholarships and bowl game opportunities following the end of NCAA sanctions imposed three years ago. As with last season, the offensive line is the key. Inexperience and a lack of depth hurt the Lions during their 7-6 season of 2014.
August 1, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - He gave to Republicans. He gave to Democrats. And often, he gave big. Public records show that Albert Lord has long made donations across a broad swath of the political spectrum, but one quiet contribution has now embroiled the retired Sallie Mae CEO in the case surrounding U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah. Lord, who is not charged with any crime, is known to be "Person D," the donor prosecutors say gave a $1 million loan that allegedly was illegally laundered into Fattah's 2007 mayoral campaign.
July 31, 2015 |
Alexandria Herdt grew up in South Jersey, watching her young cousin wheeze and cough when ozone levels climbed high. "It hurts when you know there's really nothing you can do to help," said Herdt, 22, of Chesterfield, Burlington County. So she went to Pennsylvania State University, majored in meteorology, and found a way to make a difference. Using a National Science Foundation grant last summer, Herdt created a statistical model to better predict the ozone levels in the Philadelphia region, then spent her senior year tweaking her work.
July 18, 2015 |
Penn State football coach James Franklin gathered former and current players Thursday morning for a special announcement: The players' names that had been stitched onto the backs of the Nittany Lions' blue-and-white jerseys since 2012 were coming off. Jerseys with no names revive one of Penn State's oldest traditions. "I've thought about this since day one but I just thought year one wasn't the right time to make the decision," the second-year coach said Thursday night. "There was a lot of issues, a lot of things we had to overcome.
July 18, 2015 |
Tuition for incoming freshmen and sophomores at Pennsylvania State University's main campus would rise 2.7 percent, or $450, for 2015-16 under a proposal passed by the board of trustees' finance committee Thursday. In-state students would pay $17,022, up from $16,572 last year, the university said. Out-of-state students also would pay more. In March, the trustees approved a 3.89 percent increase in room-and-board costs. If the tuition proposal is adopted this week, the total per-student cost, including fees, would exceed $28,100 for next year.
July 15, 2015 |
After picking up 16 commitments in the 2016 class, the Nittany Lions have added their first 2017 recruit, four-star quarterback Sean Clifford. He announced his decision Monday on Twitter: "Blessed and excited that I will be furthering my academic and athletic career at Penn State University!" The 6-foot-2, 203-pound quarterback from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati also received offers from Michigan State, Kentucky, Louisville, and Missouri. Clifford received a four-star rating from 247 Sports and Rivals.com.
July 13, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Fans and family members packed the stands at the Penn State Lacrosse Field for the football team's 13th annual Lift For Life Saturday morning. The Lift For Life is the main event for the school's chapter of Uplifting Athletes, which benefits the Kidney Cancer Association. The chapter has raised over $1 million since 2003. This year's event pitted the Nittany Lions offense against the defense in a series of scored competitions, including the bench press, sled pull and push, tire flip, dead lift, an obstacle course, and tug-of-war.
July 12, 2015 |
Quinn Nordin, widely recognized as the top kicker in the class of 2016, has committed to Penn State. The Rockford (Mich.) kicker recently narrowed his choices down to the Nittany Lions and his home-state Michigan Wolverines. Other schools in the running included Georgia, Michigan State, Iowa, and Arizona State. However, the Lions have been the prohibitive favorite for some time now. When Nordin spoke with 247sports.com recently, he said that the head coaches were the main reason he had narrowed his choices down to the group of finalist.