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April 21, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
If there is one thing that Vance Watson, Steve Shisler, Chris Mills and Randy Moore have in common besides competing on the Penn State 4x800-meter relay team that holds the Penn Relays record, it's their amazement that the mark has survived 30 years. It was a sunny and pleasant Saturday at Franklin Field in 1985 when the Nittany Lions outran some of the nation's top middle-distance teams, including Villanova, Georgetown, and Arizona State, and broke the tape in 7 minutes, 11.17 seconds after Moore's 1:45.5 anchor leg, fastest in carnival history at the time.
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April 20, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State's annual Blue-White Game on Saturday featured a lot of sunshine, which was good, and a lot of Christian Hackenberg, which wasn't necessarily good. With backup quarterback Trace McSorley out with an undisclosed injury, Hackenberg had to carry a disproportionate share of the load for the Blue team, a collection of starters and key reserves, against the White, made up of players on the second and third teams, and beyond. As a result, with McSorley out and only two other quarterbacks dressed, Hackenberg took 49 snaps in the Blue's 17-7 victory, many more than coach James Franklin expected.
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April 19, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the 2015 men's lacrosse season opened, optimism abounded at Penn State. Not only were the Nittany Lions making their debut in the Big Ten, but they began the season ranked 14th in the 2015 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division 1 preseason coaches' poll. But the Lions' season has not gone as planned. Headed into Sunday's game vs. Rutgers, the Nittany Lions are 3-8 overall and winless (0-3) in the Big Ten. The 2015 campaign started smoothly enough, with a season-opening 15-8 victory over Vermont.
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April 19, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The way James Franklin saw Penn State's second spring practice as the head football coach, he has found it virtually impossible to compare the sessions with his first spring practice. "To me, when you talk about comparing something, you compare things that are similar," Franklin said earlier this week. "This is like night and day. " The Nittany Lions' spring ends Saturday with the Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium. While Franklin said there is still "a lot of work to do . . . a lot of progress we need to make" before his team visits Lincoln Financial Field for its Sept.
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April 18, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
There couldn't have been a sophomore quarterback in the nation with more on his plate in 2014 than Penn State's Christian Hackenberg. Learning a new offensive system for the second straight season, the talented Hackenberg had to find a way to magically provide points for a team with young wide receivers and a thin and porous offensive line, a combination that resulted in 44 sacks and dozens more knockdowns. However, through all this frustration, Hackenberg answered the call as a leader of the offense, a responsibility that he has embraced more strongly this spring going into the Blue-White Game Saturday at Beaver Stadium.
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April 16, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Akeel Lynch has waited a long time to be Penn State's featured running back. The junior-to-be redshirted his first season with the Nittany Lions and didn't start a single game until the 10th contest of the 2014 season against Temple. Now, Lynch, who finished as Penn State's leading rusher last year with 678 yards despite averaging fewer than 12 rushes per game, has seized the starting role in spring practice and doesn't plan to let go any time soon. "For me individually, it's just establishing myself as the No. 1 running back," he said Tuesday.
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April 15, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State will open the 2015 Big Ten season Sept. 19 against Rutgers in a night game at Beaver Stadium, the Big Ten Network announced Monday. Game time will be set at a later date. The two teams began their Big Ten schedules last year on the third Saturday of their seasons under the lights at High Point Solutions Stadium, with the Nittany Lions rallying from a 10-point deficit to win, 13-10, on Bill Belton's touchdown run with 1 minute, 13 seconds to play. The victory gave the Lions a 23-2 advantage in the series that began in 1918.
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April 13, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
April 11, 2015 | By Ben Finley and Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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April 9, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, For The Inquirer
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.
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