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Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics currently supports 31 varsity sports in the Big Ten.

In the fall, the athletic program boasts the perennial-power women’s volleyball program with legendary coach Russ Rose and the team’s seven national titles. The women’s soccer team recently claimed its first NCAA Championship in 2015, while the field hockey program, led by hall of fame coach Char Morett-Curtiss, annually contends for conference and national recognition. The men’s soccer team hopes to get back to its success during a reign of three Big Ten Tournament titles and 32 NCAA tournament appearances.

Enthusiastic Pat Chambers has the men’s basketball team playing a scrappy and exciting brand of basketball, while Coquese Washington’s Lady Lions hope to recapture their glory years of winning conference championships and making runs in the NCAA Tournament. The wrestling team remains in position to repeat as national champions, and the men’s hockey team tries to reach new heights coming off its first Big Ten Championship in 2017.

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0 Penn State Releases Additional Statements Refuting SI Story

Penn State continues to aggressively refute David Epstein’s forthcoming Sports Illustrated story that investigates its medical practices related to athletic programs, specifically the football team.
This series of statements comes on the heels of remarks last night in an effort to get ahead of the in-depth piece that hits newsstands today. Similar in nature to yesterday’s remarks, these statements harshly criticize the SI article going as far as to call some of the claims inside the 23-page story “ludicrous.”

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2 Sports Illustrated Investigates Penn State Medical Care, Joyner-Sebastianelli Relationship

In a 23-page investigative story, Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein examined the history and current state of medical care as it applies to the Penn State football program. Throughout the featured piece that is set to hit newsstands today and be released online tomorrow, Epstein is highly critical of Penn State athletic director David Joyner, mentioning a personal feud between Joyner and Wayne Sebastianelli, the long-time head physician for the Nittany Lions football team before being reassigned in late February. The article, titled “What Still Ails Penn State” quotes several named and unnamed sources including former football players, athletic department employees, and Board of Trustees members. A detailed summary of the piece can be found below.

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0 Jermaine Marshall to Forgo Senior Season

Penn State basketball just suffered a major loss, as redshirt junior guard Jermaine Marshall has decided to forgo his final season of eligibility to play professionally, per GoPSUSports.

Marshall, who will graduate this summer and was a team captain for the 2012-13 season, was second on the team with 15.3 points per game. He also led the Nittany Lions in scoring 14 times last season, which was the most on the team.

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1 Sports Illustrated Slams Penn State Athletics’ Medical Program, PSU Responds

Penn State responded to a pending Sports Illustrated article last night that sent many Penn State beat writers into a frenzy.

The article written by David Epstein reportedly slams Penn State’s medical program and administrative moves made over the past several months by Athletic Director David Joyner, who is an orthopedic surgeon himself. “Special Report: Do Athletics Still Have Too Much Power at Penn State?” is featured on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated, seemingly unrelated to the actual article but a headline that is sure to grab some attention at the news stand. It is due out Wednesday on the web.

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0 Spring Sports Continue Domination

Nittany Lion spring sports teams continue to advance and find success late in their seasons as the Women’s Track and Field Team won its seventh Big Ten title and Women’s Lacrosse advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament. No. 13 Penn State Men’s Lacrosse ended its season and fell to No. 11 Yale Lacrosse in a 10-7 battle

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3 Student Athletes Graduating in Record Numbers

Graduating weekend at Penn State is here, and student athletes will be walking across the stage and receiving diplomas in record numbers over the next few days. According to a press release, 109 student athletes from 26 different athletic programs will be taking part in this weekend’s ceremonies along with seven Penn State cheerleaders and five Lionettes.

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0 Men’s Volleyball Final Four Preview

The Penn State Men’s Volleyball team will compete in its 15th straight Final Four tonight against #1 BYU. The match will start at 11 p.m. EST in UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. Whichever team emerges victorious will face either Loyola-Chicago or UC Irvine in the National Championship on Saturday.

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5 Mr. McGloin Goes to Washington

Former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin was passed on in last weekend’s NFL Draft, but that does not mean his NFL dream has ended. On Tuesday, the Scranton signal caller announced that he would be participating in the Washington Redskins’ rookie mini-camp beginning on Thursday.

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2 Penn State Athletics Clarifies Revenue Drop

When Penn State athletics released its annual NCAA financial report earlier this week, it showed an uncharacteristic decrease in revenue that most fans attributed to the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Between a $7.9 million dip in overall revenue and an overall contribution drop of $8.8 million, many fans wondered if Penn State would need to cut anything to make up for the loss.

In response, the Penn State athletic department released a statement attempting to clarify why such a dramatic drop occurred.

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0 Confirmed: Two Players to Transfer From Penn State Basketball Program

Penn State entered the offseason oversigned by one scholarship player. Today, the scholarship situation became clearer when the names of Patrick Ackerman and Akosa Maduegbunam appeared on CBS’s Jeff Goodman’s annual transfer list. When asked about the CBS report, basketball SID Brian Siegrist told Black Shoe Diaries that there were “no official roster changes to report at this time.”

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0 Penn State, Meet Your Quidditch Team

Penn State, meet your 25th-ranked International Quidditch Association (IQA) team, which will be competing in the Quidditch World Cup this coming weekend. No, they may not have flying broomsticks or enchanted Bludgers, but the Muggles of the Penn State Quidditch club play a similar and equally impressive version of the wizarding sport of “Harry Potter.”

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