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Defense facing concerns

Penn State’s offense bailed out the defense a number of times last season, and once again this year, the Nittany Lions should be able to score a ton of points. “We have weapons from top to bottom at almost every single position,” receiver DaeSean Hamilton said. “For us to drop 40 ...

Julius off the team

Joey Julius, college football’s most recognized kicker-tackler last year, will not be a member of the Penn State football team this season. The news broke Monday during Big Ten media days in Chicago, and a PSU spokesperson confirmed it to the Mirror. “Joe will not be on the roster this ...

Nittany Lions lock up Sanderson

While details are still being worked out on a new contract for football coach James Franklin, Penn State has signed wrestling coach Cael Sanderson to a long-term deal. Athletic director Sandy Barbour revealed that news Tuesday at Big Ten media days in Chicago. Barbour did not discuss details ...

Meyer says Big Ten even with SEC

Meyer says Big 10 even with SEC CHICAGO — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer doesn’t just believe the Big Ten has closed the gap with the more heralded Southeastern Conference. He is convinced the race is a dead heat already. “I don’t think there’s a gap at all,” Meyer said Monday ...

Ferentz now the dean of subdivision coaches

CHICAGO — Kirk Ferentz enters his 19th season at Iowa as the longest tenured Bowl Subdivision coach in the country. But just because it’s so doesn’t mean he is dwelling much on his longevity. “I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about it,” Ferentz said Monday at Big Ten ...

Barkley, McSorley on Walter Camp list

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State junior running back Saquon Barkley and junior quarterback Trace McSorley each earned a spot on the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award watch list recently. It was Barkley’s third watch list appearance (Maxwell Award and Walker Award), while it is the fifth ...

Embracing expectations

UNIVERSITY PARK — There was always hope at Penn State. Even during the seemingly darkest of times following the sanctions, players and fans alike had hope that the program once again could rise to prominence. There was hope going into last season. Hope that the Nittany Lions could have a ...

Nelson now has new perspective

UNIVERSITY PARK — Andrew Nelson’s perspective on what’s important in college football is as enlightened and refreshing as you’ll hear. It’s unfortunate that Nelson has missed significant playing time in his Penn State career because of various injuries, but not being able to play ...

Barkley on watch list

UNIVERSITY PARK — Junior running back Saquon Barkley is among the candidates selected to the Doak Walker Award watch list for the nation’s top running back. This is Barkley’s second watch list appearance this summer with a berth on the Maxwell Award list. Penn State’s lone Doak Walker ...

Safety picks Lions

There was chatter Monday that Maryland offensive tackle Rasheed Walker might announce his commitment to Penn State, beating Imhotep Charter free safety Isheem Young to the punch to bring the Nittany Lions’ 2018 recruiting class to 20 at a small press conference at his school on Tuesday ...

Penn State Lift for Life raises $95K

UNIVERSITY PARK — The 15th annual Penn State Uplifting Athletes Lift for Life was considered a big success on Saturday. The preliminary fundraising total for the 2017 event is more than $95,000 to benefit Uplifting Athletes and its commitment to life skills development, patient focused ...

PSU, Pitt to meet in New York

UNIVERSITY PARK — A pair of rivalries highlight the semifinals schedule for the 11th-annual Legends Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., as announced by event organizers on Monday. The Penn State men’s basketball team will meet Pittsburgh in the second game of a doubleheader ...

Nittany Lions get plenty of results from ‘Lasch Bash’

Penn State’s annual “Lasch Bash” recruiting gathering on Saturday paid immediate dividends as the Nittany Lions found a big, athletic quarterback from the Northeast to replace decommitted Justin Fields in their 2018 class and nailed down pledges from a couple of highly-rated receivers who ...

Barkley one of the top early candidates …

UNIVERSITY PARK — Ever since he jumped over a would-be tackler against Buffalo during his first college game in 2015, it was clear Saquon Barkley had a chance to do very special things for Penn State. There are so many situations in sports when hype and expectations never materialize into ...

… But don’t overlook McSorley in the race

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State could have a Heisman Trophy winner this season, but don’t just assume it would be Saquon Barkley. As good as the stellar running back was last season, the view here is that quarterback Trace McSorley was more deserving of Heisman consideration. I vote for ...

Fla. DT commits to Lions

On the cusp of one of its biggest recruiting dates of the year, the Penn State football team on Friday got a jump by securing the verbal commitment of another recruit from outside its traditional recruiting footprint. Judge Culpepper, a 6-foot-5, 256-pound three-star defensive tackle from ...

PSU men open with Campbell

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State men’s basketball program released its 13-game nonconference schedule on Wednesday, and the team will open the 2017-18 season with Campbell on Friday, Nov. 10. The opener will be followed by home games with Fairleigh Dickinson Sunday, Nov. 12, Montana ...

Four get early attention

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State football had total of four players on the preseason watch lists for the Maxwell Award and the Bednarik Award, which were revealed Monday. Junior running back Saquon Barkley and junior quarterback Trace McSorley are among the candidates for the Maxwell Award for ...

Penn State lands four-star Florida cornerback

As Florida four-star cornerback prospect Jordan Miner was streaming his college commitment on a local television broadcast through social media, the feed froze up. It made Penn State football fans wait a few more minutes to learn the Wiregrass Ranch standout was going to be the newest Nittany ...

Paternos drop suit vs. NCAA

By Mark Scolforo The Associated Press HARRISBURG — Late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno’s family dropped a lawsuit Friday against the NCAA over its use of a report in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal to punish Paterno and the university. Paterno’s estate, his son ...