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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 10th annual Lift for Life event, which involves over eighty members of the Penn State Football team, is set to take place Friday night from 5-7 pm at the lacrosse field across from Holuba Hall. There should be a few key differences from the previous nine years.
Fresh off the heels of Zach Bradshaw’s commitment on Wednesday, Bill O’Brien has added another linebacker to the 2013 recruiting class. This one is a bit closer to State College.
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.
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.
Bill O’Brien announced today that the September 15th football game at Beaver Stadium between Penn State and Navy will be Military Appreciation day.
With the first pick, and the last pick, coming and going, another NFL Draft comes to a close. There will be 12 former Nittany Lions that will be part of football teams over the summer, however, as they joined pro teams this weekend. Four were drafted, and the other eight were signed as free agents after the draft was completed.
The next time Devon Still suits up for a football game, he’ll be wearing orange and black instead of white and blue. The former Penn State All-American defensive tackle was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 53rd overall pick in the NFL Draft last night
A few Penn State football players will wait for their names to be called during the National Football League Draft, which begins this Thursday and ends on Saturday. Here’s what to expect from your Nittany Lion hopefuls as they end their careers in Happy Valley and look toward the pros.
Looking to make something happen right away, Matt McGloin dropped back and aired a ball down the left sideline in the direction of Allen Robinson. Floating through the air, the pass looked good before hitting the ground a few yards ahead of Robinson as he couldn’t quite catch up to it. That right there was the first play of the Blue-White game and went on to symbolize the game as a whole.