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November 11, 2011
Apparently, former Florida coach Urban Meyer is not interested in working at Penn State. The TV analyst released this statement Thursday: "I am very happy with my role at ESPN. I have no plans to return to coaching at this time. " Meanwhile, in a conference call with recruits, interim coach Tom Bradley and acting athletic director Mark Sherburne said the school had begun a national search for Joe Paterno's successor.
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October 28, 2012
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Their pregame handshake was brief and perfunctory. Don't read any animosity into the on-field exchange between Bill O'Brien and Urban Meyer. These two guys are all business. With Penn State and Ohio State tied before halftime Saturday night, a smart guy in the Beaver Stadium press box pointed out, "If O'Brien doesn't beat Urban now, he may never beat him. " Given the recruiting advantages Meyer and Ohio State will hold over O'Brien and Penn State, the observation wasn't snarky, merely accurate.
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January 31, 2010 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Every recruiting trip, Sharrif Floyd got the VIP treatment. He'd earned it. After tearing apart the competition at various scouting combines, the George Washington High senior was generally rated the top defensive tackle in his class nationally. When Floyd visited one big-time football school, the defensive-line coach even carried his bags. "Don't get used to this," George Washington head coach Ron Cohen remembers telling Floyd. "If you go to this school, I wouldn't want to be you the first day. You'll pay the price, believe me. " Floyd plans to sign a letter of intent Wednesday with Florida - choosing the Gators over Ohio State, North Carolina, and South Carolina, with serious recruiting heat also coming from Southern California and Penn State, and dozens of other scholarship offers.
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January 15, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - What might be the final pass of Marcus Mariota's storied college career finished in the hands of Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple, a Voorhees native who enjoyed his ultimate experience Monday night. The interception sealed the Buckeyes' 42-20 upset of Oregon in the national championship, a resounding victory that gave Apple a title to bring back home. "This is something I dreamed of since I was 11, 12 years old," Apple said in an emotional postgame locker room. "This is something I told my friends about, and they all laughed at me. . . . I'm sure everybody's very proud.
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September 11, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday that Penn State's limit on scholarships was like "an anchor around your neck. " But the anchor proved futile in limiting Penn State. First-year coach James Franklin quickly assembled a 2015 recruiting class that is ranked in the top 10 by several recruiting services. Imagine what Franklin and his staff might be able to do now that the anchor was lifted Monday when the NCAA decided to drop the sanctions it levied in 2012 against Penn State.
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December 13, 2011 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The uncertainty over the identity of Penn State's new head football coach cost the Nittany Lions a major recruit Monday when defensive tackle Tommy Schutt, the top player in the Lions' freshman class for 2012, switched his commitment to Ohio State, according to several websites. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Schutt, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., became the first player to officially commit to Ohio State since Urban Meyer took over as head coach on Nov. 28. Schutt had orally committed to Penn State on Aug. 10. Schutt, who is ranked 42d overall by Scout.com and 52d by Rivals.com, went on an official visit to Ohio State last weekend and reportedly told Meyer before leaving Columbus that he had changed his mind in favor of the Buckeyes.
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December 30, 2005 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Temple football coach Al Golden hired his seventh assistant yesterday. Ryan Day, 26, will work with the Owls' offense, coaching either the tight ends or wide receivers. He was the offensive graduate assistant coach at Florida this season. "Ryan Day joins our staff after serving as a graduate assistant for one of the most innovative offensive minds in college football, Urban Meyer," Golden said of Day, the former New Hampshire quarterback, in a statement. "He is bright, energetic, articulate and an outstanding communicator.
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January 3, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Florida's Jaye Howard timed the snap perfectly, blew through two defenders and violently slammed Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller to the ground. "I had a lot of frustrations, man," Howard said. "Urban brought it out in me today. " Urban Meyer's future team got a good look at his former team, and the Buckeyes learned just how fast the Gators can be. Florida's defense and special teams came up big in the Gator Bowl, recording six sacks and scoring twice as the Gators beat Ohio State yesterday, 24-17.
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December 19, 2011
Noah Spence, the five-star defensive line recruit out of Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, orally committed to Ohio State on Sunday night, according to Bob Lichtenfels, the East regional recruiting manager for Scout.com. Minutes after Lichtenfels broke the news on Twitter, Spence tweeted from his personal account (@nspence94): "Ohio State buckeye nation lets go!!" Penn State had been one of the favorites to land Spence before a child sex-abuse scandal rocked the university last month.
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October 17, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's not the role James Franklin was hired for, being the underdog, but it's the one he has this week, and one Penn State's coach is familiar with and even thrived in at his previous stop. Back in the preseason, you looked at Penn State's schedule and put the Nittany Lions down for 6-0 right now. It doesn't really matter what Franklin says after any game, at 5-1 his team is behind schedule. There's a chance, of course, to immediately turn that around. Nobody realistically had the Nits at 7-0 after the Ohio State game.
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October 17, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Penn State has seen Braxton Miller only twice, both times as Ohio State's quarterback. For its coaches, its players and Nittany Nation, that was two times too many. Miller's mind-boggling combination of speed, quickness, elusiveness and decision-making was a factor in a pair of wins for the Buckeyes - 35-23 at Beaver Stadium in 2012, and, 63-14, at Ohio Stadium in 2013. In those two contests, Miller rushed for 202 yards and four touchdowns, and passed for 395 yards and four TDs. After a one-year absence when he sat out with a shoulder injury, Miller returns Saturday night for the top-ranked Buckeyes' game against Penn State as an H-back – a dual-threat runner and pass-catcher.
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October 16, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Watching Ezekiel Elliott on television or on film can be a little frightening for an opposing coach and his staff trying to figure out ways to stop Ohio State's excellent running back. The 6-foot, 225-pound junior from St. Louis can power through the defensive front or outrun the last guys in the secondary. He is capable of making a big play every time he touches the football. He's durable enough to make the clutch runs for first downs in the fourth quarter. This week, the Heisman Trophy candidate is Penn State's problem.
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October 14, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The pleasant dilemma for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer used to be how to utilize the two star quarterbacks in his offense. The fact that he appears to have finally figured it out may become an unpleasant dilemma for opponents of the nation's No. 1 team. For the first time Saturday, Meyer employed sophomore J.T. Barrett, the starter for much of last season, when the Buckeyes moved into the red zone, and Barrett responded with three touchdown runs in a 49-28 victory over Maryland. At the same time, senior Cardale Jones, the hero of last year's national championship run after Barrett sat out with an injury, enjoyed his best game of the season, completing 21 of 28 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns.
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October 4, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State and Rutgers have played each other already, but the remaining 12 teams in the Big Ten open up conference play Saturday, with all eyes being on Ohio State, with its wealth of quarterbacks and its countless streaks on the line. The Buckeyes are the only team in Big Ten history to win every regular-season conference game - make it 24 - for three straight seasons. They have only one conference title, in 2014, to show for all that success, but that year became a splendid one, ending with a national championship.
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September 27, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Things didn't go well last weekend for Southern California. The Trojans got off to a horrible start in Pac-12 play, losing, 41-31, at home to Stanford. Head coach Steve Sarkisian and defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox felt the wrath of the fans and their unmet expectations. But when Jake Olson came out Wednesday for his first practice with the team, life seemed a lot better. Olson, a freshman long snapper, is blind. A form of cancer cost him his sight at the age of 12. After snapping for his high school team in Orange County, he decided to enroll at USC, where he used to attend practices and games as the guest of former coach Pete Carroll.
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September 3, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
WHILE THE PROS are still trying to figure out their 53-man rosters, college football opens up tomorrow night. So don't mind the kid from Arkansas who is a little screwy, tell the Wolverines to put down that marsupial, and root even harder for Pittsburgh's star running back. We love the offbeat here in the annual 50 things to know about the upcoming season, so this year's version includes the debut of Attila the Hun. 1 If Persistence 101 was a class, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield would easily get an "A. " Mayfield walked on at Texas Tech and became the first true freshman without a scholarship to start a season opener for a D-I school.
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July 15, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
After picking up 16 commitments in the 2016 class, the Nittany Lions have added their first 2017 recruit, four-star quarterback Sean Clifford. He announced his decision Monday on Twitter: "Blessed and excited that I will be furthering my academic and athletic career at Penn State University!" The 6-foot-2, 203-pound quarterback from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati also received offers from Michigan State, Kentucky, Louisville, and Missouri. Clifford received a four-star rating from 247 Sports and Rivals.com.
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January 15, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THEY'RE GENIUSES, those guys. No, not Ohio State's Urban Meyer or Oregon's Mark Helfrich, or even our own Chip Kelly, who turned one of them into a sports science guru and the other into a successful head coach and then watched his influence play against itself in a wonderfully entertaining and surprising national championship game Monday night. (Wonder what that Widener football coach thought about that!) No, the geniuses were those 12 people who picked the right four teams back on Dec. 7, shaking off the shaking heads of many, myself included, who had drank the Kool-Aid about the Southeastern Conference's superiority and the relative strength of the two Big 12 teams and bought lock, stock and barrel that the Big Ten was a conference filled with pinky toes.
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January 15, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - What might be the final pass of Marcus Mariota's storied college career finished in the hands of Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple, a Voorhees native who enjoyed his ultimate experience Monday night. The interception sealed the Buckeyes' 42-20 upset of Oregon in the national championship, a resounding victory that gave Apple a title to bring back home. "This is something I dreamed of since I was 11, 12 years old," Apple said in an emotional postgame locker room. "This is something I told my friends about, and they all laughed at me. . . . I'm sure everybody's very proud.
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