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December 1, 2014 | By John Stuetz, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - With one last singing of the university alma mater and an unemphatic trot off their home field, Penn State's seniors solemnly bade farewell to a half-empty Beaver Stadium. Unlike the euphoria that followed the Nittany Lions' last two regular-season finales - both upset victories - Saturday's postgame emotion wasn't savored. "Because we lost the game," senior linebacker Mike Hull said after the 34-10 drubbing by Michigan State. "It wasn't a good feeling. We got our butts kicked, so we just wanted to get out of there and get away from it. " The Lions (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten)
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December 1, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nine alumni-elected members of Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees are seeking access to all documents and notes used to compile the investigatory report that found the school's leaders culpable in covering up child sex abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. About 3.5 million documents plus notes and e-mails are believed to be available from the report prepared by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, said Anthony P. Lubrano, one of the trustees seeking the documents.
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December 1, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - There were moments during Penn State's regular-season finale against No. 10 Michigan State when it appeared as if the Nittany Lions could play with the Spartans. But there were more times that the Spartans clearly looked like the better team. Michigan State proved the latter point on the scoreboard Saturday, using two touchdowns in a span of 2 minutes, 55 seconds in the third quarter to spark a 34-10 victory that spoiled the Lions' senior day festivities at Beaver Stadium.
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November 30, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Perhaps the most shocking moments of the 2014 Penn State football season came last week when the Nittany Lions' nationally prominent defense was unable to stop Illinois on its final drive that resulted in the game-winning field goal. While the statistics - 280 total yards allowed, 14 for 16 in stopping third-down conversions - were favorable, the Lions did not respond after coach James Franklin decided to punt on fourth and 1 from his own territory with less than two minutes to play and put the game on the defense's shoulders.
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November 29, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It happened in the blink of an eye. Starting free safety Ryan Keiser saw his Penn State career come to a premature end in a freak accident on the practice field that landed him in intensive care for about a week with a bowel problem brought about by a fractured rib. "It really was one of the weirdest and flukiest things I've ever gone through as a coach," said defensive coordinator Bob Shoop, referring to the injury to Keiser on the Thursday before...
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November 28, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN Miles Dieffenbach and linebacker Mike Hull have been at Penn State for a half-decade. Head coach James Franklin and his staff have less than a year under their belts in Happy Valley. For some perspective, Franklin was still an offensive coordinator at Maryland when Hull and Dieffenbach enrolled at Penn State. So sure, Franklin hasn't known his senior class for years on end. Still, he understands what this group has faced. These players, like everyone on the 2012 Penn State team, were given an opportunity to transfer without penalty as a result of the NCAA sanctions after the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse case.
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November 27, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State's football season has been one of disappointment and discontent for Nittany Nation. The offense has continued to sputter. The defense has been terrific but overworked, the latter attribute leading to a stunning loss Saturday at Illinois. The play-calling has been criticized, as has the performance of the offensive line, which remains inconsistent 11 games in. The Nittany Lions have won only two Big Ten games while the offense has failed to reach 20 points in regulation in any of the team's seven conference games.
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November 24, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
IF YOU PLAY poorly, it's going to be tough to win. Simple concept, right? It is, and it's one that Penn State coach James Franklin harped on this weekend. Unfortunately for the coach, Franklin's message came after a loss. Penn State (6-5, 2-5 Big Ten) fell to Illinois (5-6, 2-5) on a last-second field goal, 16-14, Saturday in Champaign, Ill. Offense, defense, special teams, it didn't matter; Penn State couldn't unearth any sense of consistency against the Illini. The Lions had scraped by with sloppy play all year.
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November 24, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
IF THIS football thing doesn't work out, maybe the offensive line for Archbishop Wood High could make its bones as a rock-and-roll band. They already have the perfect stage name. On Saturday at Charles Martin Memorial field, "Dirty Tom and the Boys" paved the way for the AAA Vikings' 42-34 win over Imhotep Charter, securing a seventh consecutive city title. So, what's the story behind that name? At 6-1, 235 pounds, senior Tom Cardozo is the apparent front man, although no one is quite sure why. Not even the name's creator, 6-3, 255-pound senior Ryan Neher, has a clue.
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November 23, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If hearing about the NCAA sanctions following the Freeh report wasn't bad enough for Penn State's players in July 2012, they also had to deal with the invasion of Happy Valley by Illinois coaches inquiring whether they'd have any interest in transferring. Only one player - offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki - took Fighting Illini coach Tim Beckman up on the offer, and he ended up moving on after one season. Beckman's move annoyed Bill O'Brien so much that the postgame handshake between the two coaches in 2012 and 2013 measured about half-an-eye-blink in elapsed time.
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