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March 10, 1991 | By Jere Longman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Want a fight? Rene Portland will give you one. Try anything that even vaguely suggests her team is being treated like a second-class citizen and she will be in your face like a blocked shot. Give her players a little less respect than they deserve and she will give you an attitude adjustment. A lot of male ego has made the mistake of going toe-to-toe with Portland, only to discover too late that the head coach of the Penn State women's basketball team is used to fighting and used to winning.
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January 10, 1992 | by Mark Kram, Daily News Sports Writer
Holding up signs that proclaimed, "Save the Lesbians," an ad hoc coalition of vocal gay rights activists showed up at Temple last night in protest of Penn State women's basketball coach Rene Portland, an outspoken opponent of lesbianism in collegiate athletics. Seated behind the Penn State bench as the ninth-ranked Lions defeated Temple, 92-76, a crowd of about 35 demonstrators, members of Queer Action, assailed Portland for discriminatory comments in which she claimed that she was attempting to change the stereotype of female athletes as "dykes" and for an alleged ban of lesbians from her team in the past.
SPORTS
November 24, 2004 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Amanda Brown scored 18 points as Penn State - without head coach Rene Portland for the first time in more than 24 years - beat Duquesne, 71-55, last night. Portland took a leave of absence for undisclosed medical reasons on Monday, eight days after she fainted on the flight back from Penn State's season opener against Texas. The Lions (1-3) were coached by Annie Troyan, a former Penn State player and longtime assistant to Portland. It was the first time Troyan had been a head coach since 1987, when she led Archbishop Carroll in the Catholic League.
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December 14, 1998 | By Mel Greenberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
All is well again in Happy Valley for Penn State women's basketball. The Lions are back in the national rankings at 20th after a two-year absence and are beating national powers on a regular basis. Yesterday, coach Rene Portland's squad (7-1) defeated its third top-10 team in two weeks: Penn State beat No. 10 Old Dominion, 89-77, in the Bryce Jordan Center before a crowd of 6,245. It was the team's seventh straight win after an opening upset loss to Pittsburgh. It was the first time Penn State had beaten ODU in four meetings, the last of which came 15 seasons ago. Next stop for the Lions is at Temple, next Monday, in their first visit to Philadelphia in five seasons.
SPORTS
July 25, 1991 | By Joe Santoliquito, Special to The Inquirer
Downingtown High School point guard Tina Nicholson has given an oral commitment to attend Penn State University on a full basketball scholarship in the fall of 1992. Nicholson, The Inquirer's female player of the year last season, led the Whippets to the PIAA Class AAAA state title, averaging 21.3 points, 10.6 assists, and 6.5 steals per game in becoming the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,915 points. Nicholson, who is entering her senior year, said she chose Penn State - which was ranked nationally in the top five for most of last season - over Villanova, Rutgers, St. Joseph's and Virginia because Rene Portland, Penn State's coach, "treated me as a person, not just a basketball player.
SPORTS
February 8, 1994 | By Mel Greenberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For the third consecutive week, undefeated Penn State sits atop the women's basketball poll, but there's another obstacle in the road ahead for the Lions this weekend. Rene Portland's team travels to No. 11 Purdue on Friday, and the host Boilermakers are only a game behind the Nittany Lions (18-0) in the Big Ten standings. But should Penn State sweep Purdue and Indiana, it can virtually wrap up the league title. More important, two victories might just lock up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament next month.
SPORTS
April 23, 2007 | By Mel Greenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Notre Dame associate head women's basketball coach Coquese Washington has agreed to become Penn State's head coach, several sources familiar with the hire said last night. A Penn State spokeswoman would neither confirm nor deny the report last night, stating only that the school had nothing planned for today. If named as expected, Washington would become the first African American woman to coach the Penn State program. She would succeed Rene Portland, who hadcoached the Lions for 27 seasons before she resigned on March 21. The 54-year-old Portland's exit occurred a month after settlement of a controversial case in which a former player alleged Portland had discriminated against players in the women's basketball program who were, or were presumed to be, gay. Washington, 36, who just completed her eighth season on the staff of Notre Dame head coach Muffett McGraw, starred for the Irish from 1989 to 1993.
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April 19, 2006 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rene Portland will continue as Penn State's women's basketball coach despite yesterday's finding by university investigators that she violated school policy by creating a "hostile, intimidating, and offensive environment" around a player she allegedly believed was a lesbian. Portland, a Broomall native who has won 591 games since then-athletic director Joe Paterno hired her in 1980, will be fined $10,000. She also was ordered to undergo diversity training and warned that she would be fired if she again violated Penn State's guidelines against sex-based discrimination.
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October 13, 2005 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Penn State will review accusations of discrimination by a gay-rights advocacy group against women's basketball coach Rene Portland. "The allegations will be investigated according to university policy and practices," school president Graham Spanier said in an e-mail to the Associated Press yesterday. "Penn State has a nondiscrimination policy that is fundamental to the principles of our university. " Spanier said he received a letter of complaint from the National Center for Lesbian Rights regarding the case of Jennifer Harris, who transferred from Penn State to James Madison in the spring.
SPORTS
March 22, 2007 | By Mel Greenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State women's basketball coach Rene Portland is considering stepping down, sources familiar with the situation said last night. Penn State officials and the 54-year-old coach were not available for comment last night. The news on Portland comes several months after an out-of-court settlement in a controversial case involving former player Jennifer Harris, who claimed Portland dismissed her from the squad in March 2005 because the Penn State coach perceived her to be a lesbian.
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March 25, 2012 | By Mel Greenberg, For The Inquirer
KINGSTON, R.I. - In the Kingston Regional semifinals of the women's NCAA tournament, a Philadelphia story of sorts is attached to Sunday's opening matchup between fourth-seeded Penn State (26-6) and top-seeded Connecticut (31-4) at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Two former Germantown Academy teammates will be going against each other in UConn redshirt junior point guard Caroline Doty and Lions scoring sensation Maggie Lucas. Recalling their time playing for the powerhouse in the Philadelphia suburbs, Doty said during Saturday's interview sessions at Rhode Island's Ryan Center that she and Lucas were the pranksters on the team.
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April 4, 2009 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For 27 years, Broomall native Rene Portland ran the women's basketball program at Penn State. In recent years, the coach's impressive won-lost record has been overshadowed by allegations of a punitive "no-lesbians" policy that she exercised over her teams. Training Rules, Dee Mosbacher's withering documentary, examines the personal toll that institutional intolerance can exact. The focus of the film is on Jennifer Harris, a smooth-shooting guard from Harrisburg and a former Lady Lion who filed a discrimination suit against Portland, the university, and its athletic director in 2005 after her basketball scholarship was pulled.
SPORTS
April 24, 2007 | By Mel Greenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Coquese Washington was introduced yesterday as Penn State's new women's basketball coach. She succeeds Rene Portland, who resigned last month after 27 seasons at State College. Washington is a former Notre Dame star (1989-93) who served on Muffet McGraw's staff with the Fighting Irish for eight seasons, including the last two as associate head coach. "I'm excited to be here," the 36-year-old Washington said from State College. "Penn State has so many fans and I'm looking forward to getting out in the community and meeting every one. " She becomes the first African American female head coach of any women's team at Penn State, according to university officials.
SPORTS
April 23, 2007 | By Mel Greenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Notre Dame associate head women's basketball coach Coquese Washington has agreed to become Penn State's head coach, several sources familiar with the hire said last night. A Penn State spokeswoman would neither confirm nor deny the report last night, stating only that the school had nothing planned for today. If named as expected, Washington would become the first African American woman to coach the Penn State program. She would succeed Rene Portland, who hadcoached the Lions for 27 seasons before she resigned on March 21. The 54-year-old Portland's exit occurred a month after settlement of a controversial case in which a former player alleged Portland had discriminated against players in the women's basketball program who were, or were presumed to be, gay. Washington, 36, who just completed her eighth season on the staff of Notre Dame head coach Muffett McGraw, starred for the Irish from 1989 to 1993.
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April 15, 2007 | By Don Beideman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was even better than coming out of an organic chemistry class with an A on a test. Amanda Brown left her organic chemistry class at Penn State knowing she had been drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. Before the class, the former Unionville High School standout was told by her mother that the draft was down to the final four picks. "It was a little stressful," said Brown, who was constantly trying to check her cell phone without disturbing the class. "Organic chemistry is not a class I could miss.
SPORTS
March 23, 2007
MAYBE AFTER two consecutive losing seasons, Rene Portland and Penn State University mutually decided it was time for a fresh start. Perhaps Portland's resignation yesterday as women's basketball coach after 27 seasons is solely related to the fact that the Lions have been on a slow fall from their prior position of national prominence. But while no one says her views against homosexuality were a factor in her departure, that will be part of her legacy. As recently as 2004, Penn State finished the season ranked fifth in the nation.
SPORTS
March 23, 2007 | By Mel Greenberg and Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writers
Penn State announced the resignation of women's basketball coach Rene Portland early yesterday on the university's Web site. Her decision concludes a 27-year career in State College that featured 606 wins. It was also filled with controversy involving allegations that she discriminated against lesbian players. Portland, who played on Immaculata's national champions in the early 1970s, submitted her resignation Wednesday night to Penn State athletic director Tim Curley. He said a nationwide search for a new coach would begin immediately.
SPORTS
March 22, 2007 | By Mel Greenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Penn State women's basketball coach Rene Portland is considering stepping down, sources familiar with the situation said last night. Penn State officials and the 54-year-old coach were not available for comment last night. The news on Portland comes several months after an out-of-court settlement in a controversial case involving former player Jennifer Harris, who claimed Portland dismissed her from the squad in March 2005 because the Penn State coach perceived her to be a lesbian.
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February 6, 2007 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A settlement was reached in a lawsuit filed by a former Penn State athlete who alleged she was dismissed from the women's basketball team because coach Rene Portland believed she was a lesbian, the National Center for Lesbian Rights revealed yesterday. According to an NCLR news release, Jennifer Harris "agreed to permanently withdraw and end her legal actions against all parties. " Details of the agreement were confidential. In December 2005, a month after Harris, now 22, had filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the NCLR, acting on the player's behalf, sued Portland and the university in U.S. District Court.
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