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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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11 Hawaii An Option to Make Up for Bowl Game Ban

At the behest of Mark Emmert, Penn State football will miss the postseason, including the B1G Championship Game, for the next four seasons. This should mean that the Nittany Lions finish their season with only twelve games. However, the benevolent NCAA provides a way Penn State can play a thirteenth game — one that would be a bonus for the players.

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2 Recruiting Class Stays Strong Following Sanctions

Over the past few months, Bill O’Brien and his staff built up a ton of momentum in terms of 2013 recruiting. The general fear was that the NCAA sanctions handed down yesterday could tear apart a recruiting class that a few weeks ago was just bordering on top then in the country. Below is a roundup of everything that has unfolded including a glimpse at where each verbal commit for the Class of 2013 currently stands.

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46 Penn State Lettermen Issue Statement; Criticize Emmert and NCAA

The Penn State Football Letterman’s Club has released a statement this afternoon through club president Tim Sweeney (1989 graduate) and vice president Justin Kurpeikis (2001) graduate. They were critical of Mark Emmert’s press conference and called his remarks “careless.” Strong support for Bill O’Brien was also displayed. The full statement can be viewed below.

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0 Silas Redd Graces the Cover of PRIDE Magazine

It’s mid July, and for college football fans, a somewhat boring time period. Recruiting is relatively quiet, and summer practice does not get underway for a few more weeks. 44 days until kickoff still seems like a long way away, but luckily, there are magazines with previews and analysis to pass that time. If Phil Steele isn’t doing the job and you want more of a local fix, the Patriot News has you covered with their annual PRIDE magazine.

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21 NCAA Football Sanctions Aren’t Justified

The argument that the Penn State football team needs to be sanctioned by the NCAA to eliminate a dangerous football culture has been repeated over and over again since the Freeh report was released last week. But that culture wasn’t the issue that led to Sandusky’s continued child sexual abuse. It was the unethical actions of four men and only four men that let that happen, and that should be handled in a court of law.

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0 Annual Lift for Life Event Raises over $100,000

Welcome to the Craig Fitzgerald strength and conditioning era of Penn State Football where pushing vans is considered normal.
The tenth annual Lift for Life, the annual summer charity event to raise money for the Kidney Cancer Association through the Penn State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes, had a different format and a much more competitive feel to it.

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0 Four-Team Playoff Coming to College Football

A presidential oversight committee has officially signed off on a college football four-team playoff that will replace the current BCS championship game system. A selection committee will decide which four teams advance to the playoff, with the two semi-finals games being held at current bowl locations.

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0 Matt McGloin Named Starting Quarterback

Penn State football fans won’t have to wait until the week before the first game to find out who their quarterback is, as has been customary for the past couple seasons. Bill O’Brien promised on the Coaches Caravan tour that he would name a starting quarterback soon, and he kept his word today by announcing that Matt McGloin would be the first player off the bus on September 1 against Ohio.

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