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December 30, 2011 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
December 29, 2011 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
Mike Munchak, a former Penn State All-America offensive lineman, said yesterday he is not interested in become the Nittany Lions' next head coach. Munchak is in his first year as head coach of the Tennessee Titans. "I have a great deal of respect for Penn State and I hope they find a great coach there, but I am happy where I'm at," Munchak told The Tennessean newspaper of Nashville. "I love my alma mater, but I have no interest in being the head coach at Penn State. I never want to leave Tennessee.
SPORTS
December 29, 2011 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
DALLAS - Penn State punter-kicker Anthony Fera encountered a travel hiccup on his way home to Texas for the holidays after a flight delay in State College, Pa., caused him to miss his connection in Philadelphia. No problem. Fera just went into the city and stayed overnight with his aunt, one of more than a dozen relatives of his from in and around Philadelphia. "We had a good visit," said Fera, a sophomore from the Houston suburb of Cypress. "I got a cheesesteak. That was nice.
SPORTS
December 28, 2011 | By Kevin Long, For The Inquirer
DALLAS - The bystanders at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas who were checking out Penn State's practice didn't have to wait long to get a glimpse of the interim head coach. Tom Bradley was the first person on the field for his team's workout Tuesday morning. Bradley immediately started walking around the track next to graduate assistant Gus Felder, affably exclaiming to those within earshot, "Hey, I've got to be matched up against someone I can keep up with, kind of like when I was playing.
NEWS
December 27, 2011 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Penn State wide receiver Curtis Drake has endured a year of accomplishments and disappointments in 2011 with injuries, academic issues, Wildcat quarterback play that led to a victory, and being caught up in the storm that followed the indictment of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. But it was a locker-room altercation with quarterback Matt McGloin on Dec. 17, an incident that sent McGloin to the hospital with a concussion, that led Drake to think that he ought to step away from football for a while.
SPORTS
December 27, 2011 | By Kevin Long, For The Inquirer
DALLAS - Penn State interim coach Tom Bradley strolled in the front of the Dallas Hyatt Regency on Monday afternoon looking and acting, for all the world, like a presidential candidate on the campaign trail. He was dapperly attired in a splendid black pin-striped suit with a sparkling red tie and carried himself with a smile and demeanor that were equally as impressive as he gets ready to lead his team against Houston (12-1) on Jan. 2 in the TicketCity Bowl. "Coach, I'm Marvin Trexler, Class of '78, we went to school all four years together," said a fan dressed in Penn State garb as Bradley walked through the lobby.
SPORTS
December 22, 2011 | BY BERNARD FERNANDEZ, fernanb@phillynews.com
SOME OF THE more wildly optimistic projections have been scaled back, but representatives of Penn State and the TicketCity Bowl remain confident the school will be well-represented by blue-clad fans when the Nittany Lions take on Houston on Jan. 2 in Dallas. A few days after the pairing of the 9-3 Lions and 12-1 Cougars was announced on Dec. 4, an ecstatic Tom Starr, president and CEO of the second-year TicketCity Bowl, predicted a turnout of 55,000-plus in the historic, 92,000-seat Cotton Bowl, a significant uptick from the 38,274 who showed up for the inaugural event, in which Texas Tech outlasted Northwestern, 45-38.
SPORTS
December 20, 2011 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
December 19, 2011 | BY BERNARD FERNANDEZ, fernanb@phillynews.com
PENN STATE linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden was unsmiling and tight-lipped as he emerged from a 10-minute emergency team meeting late Saturday afternoon at the Lasch Football Building. "It's good to be a Nittany Lion," Vanderlinden said, as he hurried past reporters who were hoping to get some insight into the latest incident that has turned the school's hallowed football program into an ongoing soap opera. Already reeling from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the shocking firing of iconic coach Joe Paterno on Nov. 9 and the drawn-out process of selecting a permanent successor to Paterno, Penn State was jolted by a postpractice fistfight between starting quarterback Matt McGloin and wide receiver Curtis Drake, which reportedly began on the field as an argument over who was responsible for a busted pass play and escalated once it reached the locker room.
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