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March 19, 2014 | By Dan Norton, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin immersed himself in Penn State's football program from the moment he first greeted a young Nittany Lions fan at University Park Airport in January. He has moved past Vanderbilt, rarely referring to the university by name in public anymore. On Monday, he called it "our last institution. " The coach is all about Penn State now, and he moved his commitment to the turf on Monday. The Lions practiced in Holuba Hall for the first time this spring.
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March 19, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
UNIVERSITY PARK - James Franklin wants his new team to hit the ground running this spring, even if it means running in circles. "There is no walking on the field ever," Franklin said yesterday at a news conference before Penn State held its first of 15 spring practices. "I told them the first day if you don't know where you're supposed to go or what you're doing when the horn blows, then sprint in a circle until you figure it out. " Franklin spent most of his first 9 weeks as the Nittany Lions' head coach in shirts and ties either greeting people at appearances in State College or nabbing eight early verbal commitments for the 2015 class.
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March 19, 2014 | By Mel Greenberg, For The Inquirer
The suspense ended quickly and happily for Penn and St. Joseph's on Monday night during the draw for the NCAA women's basketball tournament. Ivy League champion Penn (22-6) will face Texas on Sunday at 3 p.m. in College Park, Md. There was concern that St. Joseph's (22-9) might be bypassed after a fifth-place finish in the Atlantic 10, but the Hawks saw their name at the top of the selection show on ESPN. The ninth-seeded Hawks will play eighth-seeded Georgia (20-11) on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in Storrs, Conn.
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March 18, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Juwan Johnson said he never had a favorite college football team as a youngster. That changed Sunday. Johnson, a wide receiver at Glassboro and one of New Jersey's top recruits in the Class of 2015, made an oral commitment Sunday to attend Penn State on a football scholarship. "The people up there are great," Johnson said Sunday on his way home from State College. "The facilities are great and I had great chemistry with everybody there. " Johnson, a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, said he made the commitment to Penn State coach James Franklin during a visit to the campus Sunday.
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March 18, 2014 | By Mel Greenberg, For The Inquirer
Penn will host an NCAA selection-watch party at the Palestra on Monday as part of the week-long celebration since the Quakers (22-6) upset Princeton, 80-64, Tuesday in Jadwin Gym to claim the Ivy title and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Some 45 minutes later, the 64-team field will be announced. There are local teams in the hunt for at-large bids. St. Joe's (22-9) has been in the top 20 of the RPI ranking system used by the NCAA committee.
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March 12, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kamal Yard conceded Monday that perhaps he is a bit biased. After all, he is the director of Philly Pride, one of the area's premier AAU boys' basketball program. But Yard said he would put Chris Clover, Samir Doughty and Sammy Foreman, the core trio of his 17-and-under team, up against anyone in the country. "I don't care if the game is being played on the moon," Yard said. The three players, some of the area's most recruited juniors, will play together next month when Philly Pride kicks off its season.
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March 11, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bryan Dobzanski wanted to make history before closing the book on his wrestling career. Mission accomplished. Dobzanski, a senior at Delsea, won his second consecutive state title and finished his career with a flourish Sunday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. "I wanted to go out with a bang," Dobzanski said after beating Don Bosco Prep junior Zack Chakonis by a 3-1 score in overtime in the 220-pound state final. Camden senior Andrew Stevens (285 pounds), St. Augustine Prep senior Jack Clark (152)
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March 9, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
HERSHEY, Pa. The Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal at Pennsylvania State University has divided its board of trustees, but is not dissuading prospective students. The 98,000-student university is on track for its largest application cycle ever, surpassing its previous high in 2011, the year the former assistant football coach was indicted. President Rodney Erickson delivered the news at Friday's board of trustees meeting, at the university's Hershey Medical Center. After several years of substantial increases, applications were flat in 2012 and plunged by more than 8,000 in 2013.
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March 6, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
A new coalition of Pennsylvania State University alumni, touting a focus on the future rather than the tumultuous recent past, is backing a slate for three seats on the board of trustees. Calling itself "Upward State," the group includes three past presidents of the university's alumni association. It aims to make the university more affordable and accessible, and emphasize academic excellence. The group also wants a student to get a permanent seat on the board upon election by the student body.
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March 4, 2014 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell scored 20 points and Will Sheehey added 19 Sunday, leading Indiana past No. 22 Ohio State, 72-64, in Bloomington, Ind. It was the second consecutive win for the Hoosiers (17-12, 7-9 Big Ten) - both over ranked teams in the last four days. The Buckeyes (22-8, 9-8) lost their second straight. George Washington 66, George Mason 58 - Maurice Creek hit three consecutive three-pointers to open the second half and finished with 22 points as the Colonials (21-7, 9-5 Atlantic Ten)
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