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August 26, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
James Franklin landed at University Park Airport on Jan. 11 brimming with excitement as he prepared to become Penn State's new head football coach. In the 71/2 months since, he has impressed the citizens of Nittany Nation with his enthusiasm, his energy, his sense of humor, and his skill at convincing high school recruits to come to Happy Valley. However, Franklin now faces the daunting task next weekend of actually coaching Penn State in a game for the first time. And the chips are stacked against him. This was the year that the NCAA sanctions of July 23, 2012, were supposed to put a choke hold on the Nittany Lions' program, a direct effect of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal.
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August 26, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
In any discussion of Christian Hackenberg - his personality, his skills as a quarterback, his future at Penn State and beyond - Micky Sullivan acknowledges his prejudice at the start. If there's a benefit of the doubt to be given, Sullivan is going to give it to Hackenberg, and he makes no apologies for it. He coached Hackenberg at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. He plays golf with him in the spring and summer. He traveled down to St. Petersburg, Fla., in January 2013 when Hackenberg played in the Under Armour All-American Game.
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August 22, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
WILDWOOD, N.J. - Nine a.m. roll call, Wildwood Beach Patrol. "David Buckley? Here. . . . Brett Kubiak? Here. . . . Joe Kubiak? Here. . . . Myra McCann? Here. " Next up: Sunscreen application? Moving the lifeguard stands? "Iron Rookie heat today. " Three first-summer lifeguards headed to the beach, just down from Morey's Pier. Their work day started with a half-mile run, a half-mile row, a 200-yard swim. (Yes, the swim is last.) Even for those not competing one morning, time was put into their schedule for a workout.
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August 22, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
With Penn State's season opener approaching next week in Ireland, coach James Franklin and his staff have turned the page from training camp to preparing for Central Florida. But Franklin acknowledged Wednesday that there still is work to be done. There's the development of depth and cohesion along the offensive line. And there's making progress on the Nittany Lions' offensive, defensive, and special-teams' schemes. In a conference call with reporters, Franklin said the Lions broke camp - his first as the team's head coach - on Tuesday night, and coaches are modifying the game plans drawn up during the summer "because we have a better idea of who we are . . . and who we're going to be playing with.
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August 22, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
There are plenty of difficult jobs in America, but perhaps the most challenging and complicated one - at least for the next 10 days - is the task assigned to Penn State football staffers Jay Takach, Michael Hazel, and Kevin Threlkel. The three men are responsible for documenting everything - from office supplies to cleats to face masks to pom-poms - that the Nittany Lions will take with them next week to Ireland in preparation for the Aug. 30 season opener against Central Florida in Dublin.
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August 20, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
BRANDON BELL is still figuring out the category of linebacker into which he best fits. He could be suited for the strong side, but could also very well have a future on the weak side or even in the middle. As of the start of Penn State's fall practices 2 weeks ago, that was still to be determined. What's certain is that Bell, a true sophomore from Mays Landing, N.J., has a chance to start for the Nittany Lions this season on either side of middle linebacker and fifth-year senior Mike Hull.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania State University's divided board of trustees treated Nittany Lions fans to a rare public debate Wednesday. Trustees voted, 19-8, in favor of a litigation settlement proposal that would bind the state-backed university to "remain committed to full compliance with the Consent Decree" signed with the NCAA in 2012. The deal would uphold the original $60 million payment, management reforms, and football program sanctions that came in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal.
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August 13, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
EIGHT DAYS ago, Penn State's football team held its annual preseason media day at Beaver Stadium, where nearly 90 non-freshmen players were spread out across the yet-to-be-painted natural grass field. The defensive linemen were stationed to a far corner, in an area of the field typically used as part of the opposition's sideline. Midway through the hour the players spent in the stadium, about 10 reporters huddled around the 6-4, 255-pound defensive end sporting a blue No. 18 uniform.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A special Pennsylvania State Universit y trustee meeting Wednesday - meant to consider possible challenges to the school's 2012 NCAA sanctions and $60 million fine - will be the first time all the school's trustees get together to review that painful, costly, divisive deal. So says Albert Lord , the former Sallie Mae chairman and CEO who is one of this year's new crop of elected Penn State board of trustees. In a letter to "alumni and friends" of Penn State, Lord and the eight other trustees, elected by graduates since 2012, say a revised agreement "must terminate the Consent Decree and all sanctions, acknowledge the NCAA's responsibility for its errors, and return all funds to the University.
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August 9, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lawyers for the NCAA, Gov. Corbett, and other state officials think they can settle within the next month a lawsuit over the $60 million in penalties Penn State is paying for its mishandling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual- abuse scandal. In a joint motion filed Wednesday in federal court in Harrisburg, the sides said another month would give them a "meaningful opportunity" to resolve the lawsuit. However, nine members of the university's board of trustees have recommended a meeting Aug. 22 to decide on an official negotiating position for Penn State in the matter.
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