April 13, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - A lot of uncertainty hung over the Nittany Lions before spring practice began last month. For coach James Franklin, the loss of both starting defensive ends was a major concern. But now, with the Blue-White game less than a week away, those question marks are gone for the second-year coach. Not only have the defensive ends been playing with good technique and fundamentals, Franklin said after practice Saturday, but they've also shown great confidence. He said Carl Nassib and Garrett Sickels have continued to impress.
April 11, 2015 |
Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees voted Thursday to pay an undisclosed amount - what one trustee called "an extraordinary" sum - to settle claims filed by sexual-abuse victims of Jerry Sandusky. In a special meeting held by teleconference, the board voted, 18-6, to approve the settlement. It did not disclose the size of the payout, the case details, or names of any plaintiffs. Sources had told The Inquirer that the meeting was being called solely to settle at least one Sandusky-related lawsuit.
April 9, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - As Adam Breneman prepares for the 2015 season, he has a renewed sense of motivation. Last season, the Nittany Lions tight end was sidelined by a knee injury, which forced him to refocus his life. "I learned how to live with myself without football for a while," Breneman said Tuesday as Penn State continued spring practice ahead of its April 18 Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium. "I learned about myself outside of football and that was kind of neat, even though I always wanted to be playing.
April 8, 2015 |
Pennsylvania State University this week is looking to end one of the remaining lawsuits filed by a victim of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, according to sources. The school's board of trustees is scheduled to meet Thursday morning to discuss "potential settlements" and possibly vote, said spokeswoman Lisa Powers. She did not provide details, but sources familiar with the case said Penn State was seeking to settle with a victim of Sandusky, a former assistant football coach convicted in 2012 of 45 counts related to sexual abuse of 10 children.
April 6, 2015 |
The Final Four is taking place in Indianapolis as scheduled, and, no doubt, the NCAA is quite proud of the inroads it made in the past week to ensure that same-sex couples will still be able to get their wedding cakes from religious-right bakers. After all, it's every couple's dream. That's not one of the specific rights the founding fathers addressed when fashioning the U.S. Constitution, but it's in there somewhere amid the philosophy of equality, tolerance, and the separation of church and state.
April 4, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - One day of the summer of 2013 still sticks out for Carl Nassib. The defensive end was worried because he had yet to pay his Penn State tuition. "I walked up to Bill O'Brien's office and I was like 'crap, I'm not going to be able to practice,' " said Nassib, who started his Penn State career as a walk-on. "And he said I was on scholarship. That was pretty intense. " The West Chester native said he's thankful every day to be a part of Penn State's defense. While many dread practice, Nassib said it's his favorite part of the day. And it shows.
April 3, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Coming off a tough 2014 season, Penn State's offense already seems stronger to Christian Hackenberg. And it's not only physical toughness, the sophomore quarterback said, but mental fortitude after overcoming adversity last year. "My mind was in a lot of places last year. I kind of lost that ability to focus on myself when I need to and make sure I'm doing my job," Hackenberg said Wednesday. "It's awesome having the confidence I have in them now to make sure they're doing their job, and the confidence in my leadership to step up and hold them to the standard of doing their job. " Coach James Franklin has made a point of defending his quarterback during spring practice.
March 30, 2015 |
The music blaring from the speakers inside Penn State's Holuba Hall on Saturday afternoon was not quite as loud as a packed stadium. But the situation coach James Franklin set up for his players was meant to mirror a specific game scenario. "Today, we took the Illinois situation exactly, yard-line situation, timeouts, and went through it again," Franklin said after practice. "We want to learn from some of the mistakes we did last year. And [Saturday] the offense was able to line up in four-minute offense and play pretty good.
March 25, 2015 |
A task force will review Pennsylvania State University's Greek system in the wake of revelations that a fraternity shared online pictures of naked women while they were asleep or passed out, the school's president said Monday. "This comprehensive examination of fraternity and sorority life and its culture will not be simple and it may not be comfortable," Eric Barron said. His announcement came in a statement Monday evening but had been in the offing for days, after news of Kappa Delta Rho's private Facebook pages stirred up a growing chorus of calls for action.
March 23, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin began to lose his voice Friday, sometime between the Nittany Lions' first spring practice and when he left the facilities at about 11:30 p.m. - after "hamburgers and wings and talking ball" with about 180 high school coaches in town for a chalk talk with the Penn State coaching staff. But the second-year coach still yelled across Holuba Hall around 12:30 p.m. Saturday as quarterbacks Christian Hackenberg and Trace McSorley threw passes, and he squirted water on the back of Joe Julius during an end-of-practice kicking competition.