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November 6, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick and Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writers
In the chaotic aftermath of Jerry Sandusky's 2012 arrest on child-molestation charges, the NCAA apparently was so intent on punishing Pennsylvania State University that it overlooked questions about its authority to do so, according to e-mails from the organization made public Wednesday. "I know we are banking on the fact that the school is so embarrassed they will do anything, but I am not sure about that," Kevin Lennon, the NCAA vice president for academic and membership affairs, said in a July 2012 message to the NCAA's then-director of enforcement, Julie Roe Lach.
SPORTS
November 4, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - On Sept. 9, the streets of downtown State College were swarmed with chanting and smiling students, celebrating the lifting of Penn State's bowl ban. Over the next couple weeks, the Nittany Lions channeled that energy and came away with two victories, pushing their record to a spotless 4-0. The first 4 weeks of the 2014 season jolted the Penn State community with buzzing hope. But since then, the mood at Penn State - and the play on the gridiron - has taken a 180. Four consecutive losses since starting undefeated have the Lions in a precarious position; the last time a Penn State team went four games without a win was in 2004, when the Lions finished 4-7. After losing 20-19 in sloppy fashion to Maryland on Saturday, the Lions (4-4, 1-4 Big Ten)
NEWS
November 2, 2014 | By John Stuetz, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Christian Hackenberg came up empty in diving for a fumbled snap on fourth and 1 and the game on the line. The quarterback stood up slowly before forcefully unsnapping his chin strap, and Maryland's players celebrated a clinched victory following his third turnover of the game. Hackenberg started the game with five straight completions to lead a field-goal drive but subsequently completed just 13 of his next 37 attempts in the Lions' 20-19 loss to the Terrapins Saturday.
SPORTS
November 2, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The officiating controversies and the unexpected fourth-quarter comeback by Penn State in last week's loss to Ohio State overshadowed a shuffling act on the Nittany Lions' offensive line that would have pleased any magician. The key figure in those rearrangements was fourth-year junior center Angelo Mangiro. When starting left tackle Donovan Smith went down with an undisclosed injury in the fourth quarter, the 6-foot-3, 309-pound Mangiro moved to right tackle, and right tackle Andrew Nelson moved to the left side.
SPORTS
November 2, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Frustrated over not having won a football game in six weeks, Penn State tried to keep its focus Saturday after Maryland stood up its captains by refusing to shake their hands at the coin toss. The defense and kicker Sam Ficken did a good job of following through, but the offense and the punt team once again did not, and the Terrapins gladly ended their long streak of bad luck against the Nittany Lions with a 20-19 victory on Brad Craddock's 43-yard field goal with 51 seconds remaining.
SPORTS
November 2, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - It's probably safe to say that quarterback Christian Hackenberg might be the most frustrated player in the Penn State locker room, and that degree of disappointment resulted in some loud conversations with his receivers and his coaches Saturday. After one early interception, when DaeSean Hamilton ran a post pattern instead of going outside, where Hackenberg expected him to go, Hackenberg's anger was evident as he spoke with offensive coordinator John Donovan and on the phone with quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne.
SPORTS
November 1, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State and Maryland are in border states. Their teams have met on the football field 37 times. So when they face each other Saturday at Beaver Stadium for the first time since 1993, it means the rebirth of a rivalry, right? Uh, it depends on whom you ask. Maryland coach Randy Edsall looks forward to making this a rivalry. As for Penn State's James Franklin, not so much. "This is a Big Ten game for us and we're excited about playing a Big Ten game," Franklin said after practice Wednesday.
SPORTS
November 1, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State-Maryland isn't a rivalry by any stretch of the imagination, but it has potential. The Nittany Lions and the Terrapins play in bordering states, compete for the much of the same recruits, have past connections on each coaching staff, and now will play each other every year in the Big Ten's East Division. But one thing is holding this pairing back from becoming a game worth looking forward to: winning on both sides. And for that, don't blame Penn State.
SPORTS
October 31, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The news that reached Happy Valley earlier this week was a real head-shaker, perhaps even worse than the officiating crew's blowing two vital calls in Penn State's loss to Ohio State a couple of nights before. Fifth-year senior Mike Hull, the 6-foot, 235-pound heart and soul of the Nittany Lions defense and arguably the Big Ten's best at his position, was left off the list of 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award given to the nation's No. 1 linebacker. How could that be? Maybe his 19-tackle performance against the Buckeyes came after the selection committee had chosen the semifinalists.
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