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With two national titles and four Big Ten Championships to its name, the Penn State Nittany Lions football program is coming off a year where it captured its first conference title under James Franklin. Known for tradition, Beaver Stadium, and Joe Paterno, the program is a point of pride in the community after the team persevered following harsh NCAA sanctions that eliminated wins and placed scholarship reductions on the program. The team will try to make even more strides with Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley leading the charge for the 2017 season.

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0 10 Questions With Nittanyville Pres. Allen Sheffield

Allen Sheffield (@allen_sheffield), a junior in the College of Communications, was recently elected as the President of Nittanyville. You may think the tents outside of Gate A just appear out of thin air, but there is actually a lot that of work that goes into Nittanyville to make sure everything runs smoothly and all traditions are continued.

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0 Former Penn State All-American Dave Robinson Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former Penn State All-American offensive and defensive end Dave Robinson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, the sixth Penn Stater to ever attain that status. Robinson, a 1962 All-American for Rip Engle’s Nittany Lions, was a three-year letterwinner at Penn State. Joe Paterno was also an assistant coach that year. Robinson was drafted in the first round (14th overall) in the 1963 NFL draft and enjoyed a 12-year career as a linebacker for the Packers and the Redskins.

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7 Michael Mauti REALLY Wants to Play in the NFL

It’s no secret that Michael Mauti wants to become an NFL linebacker. But how bad does he want it? According to NFL Network’s (and Penn State graduate) Kimberly Jones, Mauti sent handwritten notes to all 32 NFL general managers explaining how much football means to him. According to Jones, “they’re impressed.”

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0 10 Questions with Christian Hackenberg

Meet Christian Hackenberg, senior quarterback at Fork Union Military Academy who committed to Penn State as of February 29th, 2012 over schools Alabama, Miami, Connecticut, and Virginia. Recruited by Charles London, Hackenberg holds the number one spot on both of ESPN150’s Top 100 Quarterbacks and Top Virginia Recruits database. Hackenberg is expected to officially sign his talent over to the Nittany Lions in February, leading to his quarterback stardom in the fall.

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3 Stephon Morris Goes HAM on Twitter

Anyone who was around the Penn State football team last season, particularly the media, knows how entertaining former cornerback Stephon Morris can be. Morris’ senior day postgame interview was the most emotional out of any of his teammates and he was never one to worry about being politically correct.

Morris was Penn State through and through and he didn’t care who knew it. Now no longer under the leash of the sports PR department or his former coaches’ watchful eyes, it came as little surprise that Morris would be the one to go off on some of his less loyal former teammates on Twitter.

Sit back and enjoy — it was pure Twitter beauty.

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0 Bowman and Stupar Super Bowl Bound

Former Penn State linebackers NaVorro Bowman and Nate Stupar will represent the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens. This marks the 42nd time that a Penn State alum will appear on Super Bowl Sunday, and 35 former players have rings. While he did not attend Penn State, Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, coached in Happy Valley for seven years on Joe Paterno’s staff as quarterbacks coach for the Nittany Lions. For Bowman, breaking up a 4th down pass that halted the Atlanta Falcons drive with a minute to go was the pinnacle of a three year progression that has seen him go from a promising 3rd round draft selection to a Pro Bowl linebacker that finished second in the regular season with 149 tackles.

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5 New Job, Same Style for John Butler

John Butler’s job title is changing. His style is not. Penn State’s new defensive coordinator following the departure of Ted Roof to his alma mater Georgia Tech will have increased responsibility after serving as the Nittany Lions’ secondary coach this past season, but Butler still plans to be the same high-energy, emotional guy as he steps into the spotlight.

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0 Five Student Athletes Begin College Journey

For most Penn State students, today is just a typical first day of class returning from winter break for another semester, but for five football players, it is the beginning of their academic careers at Penn State. For some, the trip to Happy Valley is simply a short drive while one comes to State College from across the country.

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57 The Man Who Saved Penn State Football

The “Thank You Terry” blog was named because of Pegula’s $102 million gift to bring Division One hockey to Happy Valley. The $1.3 million Terry Pegula promised yesterday is only a a little over one percent of that total, but in the end, it might turn out to be just as important.

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6 Assessing the Bill O’Brien NFL Rumors

If you’re like me, it’s been a nerve racking few days to be a Penn State fan. With timid-yet-reliable rumors about Bill O’Brien’s potential interest in an NFL head coaching job swirling around national media circles, the reaction has been predictably bipolar. Let’s take a look at what has transpired since Sunday.

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2 Penn State Football Attendance Ranks Fifth

The 2012 Penn State football season endured a lot of changes from programs of the past: new coaches, new uniforms, new plays. But at least one thing remained the same — a passionate fan base packing Beaver Stadium every Saturday. According to a release, Penn State ranked 5th in attendance last year of all NCAA teams, with an average of 96,730 fans per game.

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