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August 29, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's difficult to tell whether Penn State defensive end Deion Barnes was more unhappy with his play last year or with the criticism he received for dropping below his level of performance from the previous season, when he was named Big Ten freshman of the year. There wasn't much of a commitment coming either way from Barnes earlier this month at media day for the Nittany Lions. "I'm only worrying about this year," the redshirt junior from Northeast High said. "Last year is last year.
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August 29, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Much of the excitement surrounding Penn State's 2014 season is generated from what's new, most notably first-year head coach James Franklin. While the hype is there for Franklin's inaugural campaign, injuries and departures - two aspects of football any team likes avoiding - will play a significant role in the Nittany Lions' upcoming season. And Franklin knows it. Franklin, who made Vanderbilt relevant in his 3 years as head coach before succeeding Bill O'Brien at Penn State on Jan. 11, and his team's concerns include lack of offensive line depth and the loss of Allen Robinson, one of the most prolific wide receivers in school history.
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August 29, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
DUBLIN - James Franklin hasn't seen too much of Ireland. At least, not yet. Franklin and the Nittany Lions arrived in Ireland early yesterday morning, but didn't visit Temple Bar or Dublin Castle. They did have dinner last night at the Guinness Storehouse, a top Dublin attraction. The first-year coach, ahead of his inaugural game at Penn State - a clash with Central Florida on Saturday at Dublin's Croke Park - has made it known that this is a business trip. And so far, that's what it has been for the Lions.
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August 29, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State could have its ban on postseason football lifted by next year if it receives a favorable report on how it has complied with recommendations made in the Freeh report in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal, the Sporting News reported Wednesday. The Sporting News quoted two sources within the NCAA as saying that the university would have a "strong case" to get the probation lifted if it continues to "reach and go beyond" benchmarks set in the NCAA sanctions following release of the Freeh report, which investigated Penn State's response to Sandusky's crimes.
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August 28, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Penn State traveling party to Ireland included more than 300 people, about 20,000 pounds of gear, and some lingering questions in anticipation of the Nittany Lions' season opener and head coach James Franklin's first game Saturday as the team's head coach. The questions concerned competitions for starting positions at left guard and cornerback,the number of true freshmen who will play, and how the new offensive and defensive schemes will work against an experienced Central Florida team.
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August 27, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
George O'Leary has been around long enough not to get too worried when planning for an opponent with a new head coach, and thus no filmed record of the type of offense or defense the rival coach plans to run with that team. Central Florida's 68-year-old head coach is getting the Knights, who are coming off a 12-1 season and a Fiesta Bowl victory over Baylor, ready for Saturday's season opener against Penn State and new coach James Franklin in Dublin, Ireland. There's no way of predicting what Franklin might do on offense with a quarterback as gifted as Christian Hackenberg.
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August 27, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The new president of Pennsylvania State University said Monday that the school should be "rewarded" for establishing what he said was the best compliance and sports ethics program nationwide following the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal, but stopped short of calling for a reduction of NCAA penalties. Speaking to reporters after a monthly press luncheon in Harrisburg, Eric Barron was asked whether he believed the NCAA's sanctions, including $60 million in fines, should be reviewed.
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August 27, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
If there is one thing that has impressed Penn State offensive coordinator John Donovan since he started his job in January, it's the ability of senior running back Bill Belton to fearlessly move his body into the way of a blitzing linebacker on pass plays. "He's a pretty tough kid," Donovan said Monday of Belton, a senior running back from Winslow Township High School in Camden County. "He's a good pass protector, which is something that's not always easy for a running back. "You normally wouldn't think the guy could be great at pass protection," he added, probably in reference to Belton's size of 5-foot-10 and 204 pounds.
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August 26, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
RB Silas Redd (to Southern California) - As a sophomore in 2011, Redd rushed for 1,241 yards, but the lure of USC head coach Lane Kiffin was too great after the sanctions hit. He shared the No. 1 job in his first season with the Trojans and picked up 905 yards on the ground. He underwent arthroscopic surgery in the spring of 2013 to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. After missing the first five games of the season, he played in only six contests and picked up 376 yards. He signed as a free agent with the Washington Redskins and is battling his Penn State predecessor, Evan Royster, for a backup job. QB Rob Bolden (to LSU)
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August 26, 2014
From Silas Redd to Rob Bolden, Joe Juliano tracks nine players who transferred out of Penn State. philly.com/philly/ sports/colleges/
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