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September 11, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
When football recruiting experts, real or imagined, attach a ranking or stars to a recruit, they're really setting odds. The more stars, the better the odds of a payoff for the school that lands the recruit. That's all it is. In football, more than most sports, evaluating 15- and 16-year-olds, trying to figure what kind of player they'll be at age 21, is a tough and risky business. In addition to the inherent danger of the sport, that's why Division I football teams get so many scholarships.
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September 10, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - "May no act of ours bring shame" bellowed from the crowd of thousands gathered Monday night outside Beaver Stadium on the Pennsylvania State University campus. Students sang the Penn State alma mater. They climbed atop tall carts and pushed themselves against the metal partition of Gate A, where students enter on game day. And they cheered the NCAA's decision to allow Penn State to compete in a bowl game this postseason and to restore its full number of scholarships for 2015.
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September 10, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
CONSIDERING THE horrific nature of the incidents that led to the football program at Penn State being slapped with severe sanctions by the NCAA, it is difficult to separate emotions from an objective analysis. When we are talking about the case of a serial pedophile possibly being granted access to more innocent victims because of the inaction of others who may have been aware, it is hard to care about the collateral damage from the penalties laid down by the NCAA. While it is still a matter of considerable debate, I personally believe that members of the Penn State athletic department, including legendary coach Joe Paterno, knew enough about what former defensive coordinator and now convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky was doing but turned eyes in favor of protecting the program over the safety of children.
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September 10, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The NCAA rewarded Penn State on Monday for its efforts to change the university's culture and improve campus security following the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal by lifting two of the most onerous penalties from the football program. Based on a favorable report by former Sen. George Mitchell, the NCAA's executive committee ruled that the Nittany Lions can compete in a bowl game this postseason and will regain its full number of scholarships for next season. Mitchell, the university's athletics integrity monitor, cited progress toward implementing a new human resources system, "fostering an ethical culture," and improving security at its sports facilities.
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September 10, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers is excited to make its Big Ten Conference debut Saturday night against Penn State. But for some of the Scarlet Knights' Pennsylvania players, the opportunity is absolutely exhilarating. "I'm pretty excited about this game," fifth-year senior offensive tackle Taj Alexander, a Downingtown East graduate, said Monday. "I've been around Penn State fans my whole life. I hadn't had a chance to play that team in the four years I've been here, so it's pretty exciting to play a team you grew up around.
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September 10, 2014 | By John Stuetz, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Penn State cornerback Stephon Morris recalls July 23, 2012, the day the sanctions were laid down on the program, as if it occurred just yesterday. "I remember we were in the players' lounge, and when they announced it, you just saw so many faces look so distraught," said Morris, a senior that season. "But we were just thinking, 'How are we going to get out of this? What are we going to do to make this situation better?' " While the first two seasons of the "sanction era" under coach Bill O'Brien resulted in better finishes than many expected (a combined 15-9)
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September 10, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State football will be eligible for the postseason effective immediately, and the program will regain its full complement of scholarships next season, the NCAA announced yesterday. The Big Ten later announced that Penn State also will be eligible to compete for the conference championship this season. During the summer of 2012, the NCAA levied sanctions against Penn State stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. In making the announcement, the NCAA executive committee credited "Penn State University's significant progress toward ensuring its athletics department functions with integrity.
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September 9, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of David Hare Platt's lifelong ambitions, his family says, was to be his own boss so he could avoid wearing suits and ties. Another was to make sure all children learned to swim safely, for both competition and recreation. Mr. Platt, 66, of Holland, Bucks County, who died Thursday, Sept. 4, of cancer at Chandler Hall Hospice in Newtown, fulfilled both ambitions. From 1983 to 2013, he owned and operated the Newtown Swim Club and Newtown Day Camp. From 1972 to 2001, he opened 24 stores, golf courses, driving ranges, and mini-golf courses in three states under the Somerton Springs banner.
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September 8, 2014 | By John Stuetz, Inquirer Staff Writer
After six consecutive scoreless drives and holding a four-point lead over Akron, Penn State's offense turned to wide receiver Geno Lewis to begin its third possession of the third quarter. It picked the right guy. The redshirt sophomore jump-started the Nittany Lions' drive by nearly making an acrobatic, one-handed catch along the sideline, drawing a pass-interference penalty in the process. And on a critical third-and-25 play shortly after that, quarterback Christian Hackenberg found Lewis in stride just beyond the first-down marker for a diving reception that extended the momentum-shifting drive.
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September 8, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin raced out of the South tunnel at Beaver Stadium with his team Saturday for the first time as Penn State head coach. But he admitted after his successful debut that he was fighting back tears much earlier when he accompanied the Nittany Lions walking from their buses on Curtin Road and into Beaver Stadium through a double column of Penn State fans. "Getting off that bus and walking into the stadium . . . I'm an emotional guy, and I was fighting back my emotions the whole time," Franklin said.
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