September 23, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Some pigskin pundits are obsessed with establishing a running game and controlling the clock. They say those are the keys to victory. But that approach is rarely a key against a hard-to-run-on team like Penn State. Houston, in last season's TicketCity Bowl, and Ohio, in this season's opener, displayed a blueprint to beat the Nittany Lions. Temple might want to consider the formula in Saturday's game at Beaver Stadium. Both teams spread the field, sped up the game, and attacked Penn State's secondary.
September 14, 2012 |
Shawney Kersey had carried on a somewhat strange relationship with Penn State ever since he was recruited out of Woodbury High School by Joe Paterno's staff. After a redshirt year and two rather idle seasons on the Paterno-coached Nittany Lions, maybe Kersey thought he would enjoy a rebirth with new coach Bill O'Brien after a good spring and preseason, and starts in the first two games of 2012. But any good feelings were short-lived. O'Brien announced Wednesday, via Penn State football's Twitter feed, that Kersey had left the team for personal reasons.
January 6, 2012 |
When Penn State acting athletic director Dave Joyner last met with the team's beat reporters during TicketCity Bowl week, he was asked whether he needed to hire a "home-run candidate" to replace iconic Joe Paterno as the Nittany Lions' head football coach. "It depends on how you judge a home run," Joyner said. "I judge it by getting the person that has those qualities that we're used to in the university. I think if we get somebody that reflects the values at this university for a long time and the football program in particular, then I feel like we hit a home run. " So whether Joyner, chairman of the search committee, believes he has that home-run candidate in New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien isn't known, because he passed on two opportunities - going into and coming out of a meeting with the current coaching staff at the Lasch Football Building at Penn State - to speak on the subject Friday.
July 24, 2012 |
THE JACKHAMMERS did their work quickly, by all accounts. The cement that moored the Joe Paterno statue to its foundation broke easily. It had to come down, and on a summer Sunday morning it did come down, and there really should not have been a debate; false idols, etc. If only the rest were that easy. The NCAA comes on Monday. An organization that has most often stood for all that was good and holy and profitable in college athletics — and not necessarily in that order — is set to pronounce sentence on the Penn State football program.
January 2, 2012
DALLAS - A season of tragedy and upheaval finally came to an end for Penn State football Monday in a third-rate bowl game played in a half-empty stadium that has also seen much better days. There wasn't much of a final reward for the Nittany Lions players who endured the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal this season. They very nearly voted to turn down this invitation from the TicketCity Bowl after being bypassed by several bowls farther up the pecking order. The better bowls with Big Ten conference affiliation thought Penn State's distressing season would keep its normally loyal fans from traveling, and they were apparently right.
November 28, 2011 |
The questions abound for Penn State during an anxious week of waiting. Will the Nittany Lions get into a bowl game? And if so, how far will they fall as they go down the order of games affiliated with the Big Ten? As they prepare to announce matchups on Sunday, bowl committees are faced with a dilemma they never encountered in the years when Penn State was a solid commodity. One with a large traveling fan base and the iconic Joe Paterno, known for graduating his players and running his program the right way, heading the team.
December 30, 2011 |
DALLAS - Joe Paterno usually got to spend time around Christmas and New Year's Day in warmer climates, having led Penn State to 37 bowl games in his 45 full seasons as the head coach. But Paterno is back in the cold and snow of State College this holiday season, battling lung cancer, recovering from a broken pelvis, and possibly reflecting on a series of shocking events that swept him out of the position that made him into one of the most familiar figures in college football history.
November 27, 2011
MADISON, Wis. - So Big Ten honchos can breathe a sigh of relief now that their inaugural Stagg (NoPa) Trophy, awarded to the conference title-game victor, won't be handed next week to Penn State. Obviously, not the association the conference wanted to have right now. Are you supposed to blame them if they were silently rooting for a Wisconsin-Michigan State rematch? There have been suggestions that Penn State, 9-3 after Saturday's 45-7 disaster at Wisconsin, should be done now - no bowl game.
December 20, 2011 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Anyone wondering whether quarterback Matt McGloin would be made available Monday during Penn State's bowl media day to discuss his role in a post-practice fight that left him hospitalized was surprised when McGloin stepped in to answer questions as soon as the session began. "It shouldn't have happened. I should have walked away," McGloin said of a fight Saturday with teammate Curtis Drake that resulted in the quarterback's being knocked unconscious when he hit his head on the floor and went into a seizure before being taken to a hospital.
October 6, 2012 |
Kain Colter is a quarterback, a running back, and a wide receiver, and that's fitting because opposing defenses swear they are chasing three guys whenever he's on the field. Colter is not a big man at 6 feet and 190 pounds, but the Northwestern junior has become one of the ultimate weapons in the Big Ten Conference, able to make a big play at any time at any of the three positions. When the 24th-ranked Wildcats meet Penn State on Saturday at Beaver Stadium, the Nittany Lions will have to identify where No. 2 is at all times in their opponent's up-tempo offense.