May 8, 2014 |
The Penn State football recruiting express continues to roll along with the Nittany Lions holding down the No. 2 spot in the Class of 2015 rankings by a consensus of recruiting websites. First-year coach James Franklin picked up his 14th and 15th oral commitments Tuesday night in offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins of Pittsburgh and quarterback Brandon Wimbush of Jersey City, N.J. The 6-foot-8, 305-pound Jenkins, from Baldwin High School, is ranked by 247 Sports as the top high school football player in Pennsylvania.
April 30, 2014 |
The hardest part of St. Joseph's Hawks basketball practices under Jack Ramsay? Don DiJulia said it was being selected to play one-on-one. With Ramsay. "If you won - 'OK, we're playing again,' " said DiJulia, former Ramsay player, longtime St. Joe's athletic director. "If you won again - 'OK, we're playing again.' " Jack Ramsay, who died Monday at age 89, was nearing 40 when DiJulia joined his team. Not that age ever meant anything with Ramsay. This man goes down as Philadelphia's greatest contribution to basketball coaching, or maybe the coaching of any sport.
April 26, 2014 |
After each high-jump attempt, Megan McCloskey looked toward the bleachers. There, a couple of rows up at sun-splashed Franklin Field, her father was shouting encouragement and, with hand signals, giving instruction for future tries. "It's helpful, because he knows what he's doing," the Germantown Academy senior said about the former football star. "He's been coaching me since I was in fourth or fifth grade. " With a mark of 5 feet, 71/4 inches, McCloskey tied for fourth place in the girls' high jump championship Thursday afternoon at the Penn Relays.
April 24, 2014
Penn State and new Big Ten rival Rutgers will open the 2014 conference season under the lights on Sept. 13 in Piscataway, N.J. The game will kick off at 8 p.m. at High Point Solutions Stadium and be televised on the Big Ten Network. This will be not only the first conference game for the two teams, it also will be the first Big Ten contest of the season. Rutgers officially will become a member of the Big Ten on July 1. The Scarlet Knights will be playing in the East Division, meaning they will compete against the Nittany Lions annually.
April 21, 2014 |
Penn State has a problem. I'm sorry to tell you that it involves football. Also, an alleged sexual assault. After a Florida State University freshman reported she had been raped in December 2012, the prime suspect was identified as star quarterback Jameis Winston, who went on to win the Heisman Trophy and lead the Seminoles to a national championship. Winston was never charged. The police claim it was due to lack of evidence, though there was plenty, including DNA, witnesses, and a secretly recorded video of a portion of the incident.
April 16, 2014 |
Former Penn State star Maggie Lucas saw her basketball career come full circle on Monday night when the Phoenix Mercury selected her with the 21st pick in the WNBA draft. Phoenix finished 19-15 last season, good for third in the Western Conference. A second-round pick, Lucas was the second player selected by the Mercury, which used the 17th overall pick on Tiffany Bias of Oklahoma State. The two-time Big Ten player of the year, Lucas scored 2,510 points in her career, second all-time at Penn State and fourth overall in the Big Ten. She averaged 21.0 points last season.
April 15, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Cole Chiappialle wakes up, rolls out of bed and looks down. A neon green rubber band wraps his right wrist. On it reads in bold letters, "Prove People Wrong. " A former walk-on and rising sophomore running back at Penn State, Chiappialle has worn that wristband since his high school days. It reminds him of his doubters. With little college interest coming out of Blackhawk High in Beaver Falls, coupled with an oft-mispronounced last name, it has been hard for Chiappialle to get noticed.
April 14, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin failed to reach his first attendance quota as Penn State's head football coach, but he came close. He wanted more than 80,000 to attend the Nittany Lions' annual Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage Saturday, and 72,000 fans filled Beaver Stadium. The game counted as Penn State's 15th and final spring practice. Franklin wasn't demoralized - he joked that his personal counter tallied 82,000. Regardless of the total, the coach fired up the Penn State faithful with his active coaching style.
April 14, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Despite an economic downturn and a blistering child sex-abuse scandal, Pennsylvania State University exceeded its $2 billion capital campaign goal - several months ahead of schedule. The university said it raised $2.158 billion during the seven-year campaign - $158 million over its goal and the largest amount raised in school history. The university announced the results of "For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students" on Saturday evening amid a weekend of celebration with donors.
April 12, 2014 |
When Penn State begins playing football games for real, nothing will be more important to the Nittany Lions than keeping sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg upright and healthy. If the season opener were tomorrow, however, with all the questions about the offensive line, new coach James Franklin would have some major issues. Fortunately for Penn State, which plays its Blue-White spring game Saturday in State College, the real games don't begin for five months. "The guys we have I believe are going to do a good job for us," Franklin said Thursday in a conference call.