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October 15, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State has rescinded its scholarship offer to a highly recruited Sayreville (N.J.) High School football player who allegedly was involved with teammates in the hazing and sexual assault of four younger players, two recruiting websites reported Monday. Both Blue White Illustrated, affiliated with Rivals.com, and Lions 247, connected with 247Sports.com, said that senior running back/defensive back Myles Hartsfield no longer was being pursued by the Nittany Lions. Hartsfield had given Penn State an oral commitment in June and was expected to sign his national letter of intent in February.
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October 14, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
As he discussed his team's performance after Saturday night's 18-13 loss to Michigan, Penn State coach James Franklin prompted some head scratching when he said, "The bye week is coming at a good time. " Even though the Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) just had been through a bye week, few - if any - signs of improvement were evident in front of more than 113,000 fans at the Big House. Franklin pointed out the same problems, just as he had previously in this deteriorating 2014 season.
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October 14, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Penn State running back Bill Belton sat in a wooden chair with empty eyes, mulling over what had just happened. About 40 minutes after Saturday night's confusing display of football, the senior tailback said what was likely on everyone's mind. "I don't know how we lost that game," Belton said. Penn State's 18-13 loss to Michigan was baffling in more ways than one: The Lions held a 13-7 halftime lead and controlled much of the offensive tempo in the first half, which included running the ball effectively.
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October 13, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The previously dissatisfied Michigan fans had nothing to boo about Saturday night, thanks in large part to the inability of the Penn State offense to move the football in the second half. The hapless Nittany Lions saw their offense disappear after halftime, contributing not a single point. The Wolverines capitalized and rode three field goals by Matt Wile for an 18-13 victory and an end to their three-game losing streak before a rocking throng of 113,085 at Michigan Stadium.
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October 13, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State's football program said it "continues to monitor the situation" at Sayreville High School after one of its top recruits was questioned by police following an investigation of a hazing scandal at the Central Jersey high school. Police officers visited Myles Hartsfield's home on Friday night, according to NJ.com. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound defensive back and running back orally committed to Penn State in June. He is a senior captain for Sayreville. The website said Hartsfield's father answered the door and said his son was not home.
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October 12, 2014
When: Saturday at 7 p.m. Where: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich. Records: Penn State (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten); Michigan (2-4, 0-2). TV/Radio: ESPN2; WNTP-AM (990), WNPV-AM (1440). Coaches: Penn State, James Franklin (1st season, 4-1; 28-16 overall). Michigan, Brady Hoke (4th season, 28-17; 75-67 overall). Series: Penn State has won four straight games (three of them vacated by the NCAA) in the series, including last year's 43-40, four-overtime thriller at Beaver Stadium, but still trails Michigan, 10-7.
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October 12, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Sold-out Beaver Stadium was a sea of white and an ocean of noise for more than four hours until Bill Belton's touchdown run in quadruple overtime gave Penn State a 43-40 win over Michigan last October and touched off a roar that would have drowned out a jet engine. Last year's game might have been a seminal moment in the career of Christian Hackenberg, who led the Nittany Lions 80 yards in the final 50 seconds of regulation to the tying touchdown. It also reminded fans how much they would miss wide receiver Allen Robinson after he was gone which, as it turned out, was shortly after the season ended.
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October 11, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Through the first five games of the season, the Penn State offensive line, with four new starters and a great deal of inexperience, probably has been the most maligned unit of the team. Offensive line coach Herb Hand said that while the line has improved, it's not playing up to the expectations coaches and players had for it at the beginning of the season. And any lingering excuses to explain the line's substandard play have passed their expiration date. "At this point of the season, there are no more rookies," Hand said Thursday before a key Big Ten game Saturday night at Michigan.
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October 10, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christian Hackenberg spent Penn State's bye week resting up a body that took too many hits through the first five games, watching film, and reflecting on a season that's been a bit of a struggle despite the Nittany Lions' 4-1 record. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound sophomore resumes action Saturday at Michigan ranked second in the Big Ten in passing yards per game (295.4) and total offense (302.2 yards per game). But he is 10th in passing efficiency and his six interceptions are the third-highest total among conference quarterbacks.
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October 10, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Almost at the season's halfway point, Penn State does not have an offensive identity. Don't believe it? Just ask James Franklin. Franklin and his Nittany Lions are 4-1 on the season, led by one of the nation's most talented arms, and haven't played a truly formidable defense to this point. And yet, whether or not the offense generates points on a drive-to-drive basis has been and remains a serious concern. The Lions are looking to change that tomorrow against Michigan under the lights at the Big House.
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