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.
January 3, 2012 |
DALLAS - Penn State players and coaches chose not to point to the events of the last two months - a horrible scandal, three bowl snubs, a fight that sidelined its starting quarterback and the interminable search for a new head coach - as a reason for a lackluster performance Monday in the TicketCity Bowl. But the Nittany Lions played the first quarter against Houston as if they left their focus back at the hotel or in State College. And the offense, without junior Matt McGloin, never found a footing the entire game with sophomore Rob Bolden at the controls.
January 3, 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 also has 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 further 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 apparently were right.
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.