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Most media see Lions going 7-5

UNIVERSITY PARK - With Penn State's training camp officially under way Monday, the media weighed in on how it thinks the Nittany Lions will fare this season.James Franklin's new reign still has yet to begin on the field, but media veterans of the program have found a few themes within the team ...

Coaches, players working on mutual trust

UNIVERSITY PARK - It's tough to imagine a more battled-scarred college football team in America than the one spread out by positions across the Beaver Stadium turf on a gorgeous Monday during Penn State's annual media day.James Franklin and his staff sensed those wounds in January after he ...

Lions getting ‘star’ on defense

UNIVERSITY PARK - There are some fancy ways to describe Penn State's new defensive scheme, such as 4-2-5 or explaining exactly what the much-ballyhooed "star" position will entail.There's also a simple description."It's just nickel," safety Adrian Amos said. "That's it."The goal is to get the ...

PSU lands hoops recruit

Four-star rising junior forward Joe Hampton gave a verbal commitment to Patrick Chambers' Penn State men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon.Hampton also had scholarship offers from DePaul and Xavier but had been receiving attention from colleges like Georgetown, Maryland, Miami and ...

PSU faces big questions as camp opens

An overview of the Penn State football team as it gets ready to start preseason camp Monday.By the numbers1: Starter returning on the offensive line (LT Donovan Smith). This is, without a doubt, the biggest concern entering the season and the reason why the Lions could struggle to post a ...

Men’s team sets games with Drexel

UNIVERSITY PARK - The Penn State men's basketball team begins a two-game, off-campus series with Drexel by taking on the Dragons Saturday, Dec. 20 at the soon-to-open PPL Center in Allentown, the teams announced Thursday in conjunction with the arena. The game is the first college basketball ...

Franklin enjoys versatility

So many young athletes feel the need to specialize in one sport, thinking it will improve their chances for success, but Penn State coach James Franklin prefers the opposite approach with football players."I want a kid that has played as many sports as he possibly can - football, basketball, ...

Blue band director set to retire

UNIVERSITY PARK - The director of Penn State's renowned Blue Band is retiring.O. Richard Bundy says the upcoming football season will be his last. He says he'll remain in charge through the end of the 2014-15 academic year.Bundy confirmed his retirement Thursday after Penn State posted a job ...

Lions get five-star recruit

Penn State is putting together one of the best recruiting classes in the nation for 2015.From the early returns, though, the Nittany Lions' 2016 class might even be better.As Big Ten football media days were wrapping up in Chicago and new Lion coach James Franklin was all over the interview ...

Tweets turn off Lions assistant

Few college football staffs in the country are as active on Twitter as the Penn State coaches, and one Nittany Lion coach made national news Wednesday for a strong message he wrote on the social media site.Offensive line coach Herb Hand sent out a tweet that became a hot topic when he wrote: ...

Coach is ‘comfortable’

CHICAGO - James Franklin fielded about 100 questions Tuesday, most of which were serious while two were downright silly.Coaches sit at tables spread out across a ballroom for two hours on the second day of Big Ten media days, with reporters from around the conference popping in and out to ask ...

Franklin ready for family reunion

CHICAGO - I have 2-year-old twins, and it's been emotionally difficult being away from them for a mere three days covering Big Ten football in the Windy City.James Franklin has been living apart from his wife and two daughters for seven months, which would be a nightmare for just about any ...

Running back matures, ready for big year

CHICAGO - Bill Belton admits he needed to grow up, to work harder, to not feel entitled.College football players who don't learn those lessons and try to rely solely on their talent usually fizzle out fast. And there is a long, long list of such players.Belton wasn't going to be one of those ...

Additions may be rivals

CHICAGO - The addition of Rutgers and Maryland to the Big Ten were a major focus at Monday's conference media days, and the Penn State camp believes those teams will be good rivals for years to come.The Nittany Lions will get to see Rutgers early this season as they travel there for a night ...

New PSU AD has solid hoop history

CHICAGO - One of the best things about new Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour - if you're a basketball fan - is that she has a lot of experience working at schools where basketball actually matters.Fingers crossed that she can have a big impact in helping that finally be the case at ...

Giger: Barbour odd choice for PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK - It's just a bizarre hire. A major head-scratcher in so many ways.Whether it will turn out to be good or bad, nobody knows at this point. That will take years to find out.Sandy Barbour was forced out a month ago as Cal's athletic director. They called it a resignation and ...

Franklin eager to get to know new athletic director

UNIVERSITY PARK - Football coach James Franklin had no input on Penn State's decision to hire Sandy Barbour as the new athletic director, but he said he has "tremendous faith and excitement moving forward" with his new boss.The poor graduation rate of the Cal football program during Barbour's ...

Penn State makes surprise hire as new AD

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Penn State made a surprising hire Saturday in naming Sandy Barbour as its new athletic director.Barbour was forced out as AD at California in June after 10 years on the job there. She left with the school's athletic department facing several major issues, according to ...

Penn St. reveals a ‘depth chart’

Penn State released something that looks similar to a depth chart Thursday night, but it doesn't actually reveal any answers about the Nittany Lions' depth entering preseason camp.The depth chart is broken down based entirely on seniority at every position, with upperclassmen listed first ...

PSU’s Hull honored by Athlon Sports

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State linebacker Mike Hull was selected preseason first-team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports, with four additional Nittany Lions on the second-team.Athlon also selected coach James Franklin and the Nittany Lion coaching staff as the nation's No. 9 coaching staff among the ...