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O’Brien living his dream

PITTSBURGH - Nearly 10 years ago, when he was an assistant coach at New England under Bill Belichick, Bill O'Brien used to appreciate the respect his mentor showed for the game in general and the league's flagship franchises in particular.Tonight, in the center of the NFL universe - Monday ...

Defense, wideouts among bright spots for PSU

Penn State has gone 4-2 but easily could be 2-4 if not for last-minute comebacks against Central Florida and Rutgers.As the Nittany Lions come off their second bye in three weeks and look ahead to a daunting challenge against Ohio State, here's my midseason report card:Offensive lineLet's get ...

PSU must do 3 things rest of year

Did you see what Ohio State did to Rutgers on Saturday? A 56-17 shellacking, which means things are probably going to get worse for Penn State before they get better with the Buckeyes coming to town next week.Ohio State has scored at least 50 points in four straight games, while the Nittany ...

Shoop pleased with ‘D’

UNIVERSITY PARK - As the Nittany Lions get their final chance of rest this bye week, they're also at the midway point of their schedule.Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop gave a positive midseason evaluation of Penn State's defense on Thursday. A lot of the positivity starts with his defensive ...

Dieffenbach taking reps

UNIVERSITY PARK - As the younger players scrimmaged during Wednesday's practice, there was a familiar face taking reps.Miles Dieffenbach was mixed in with the less experienced players as part of his recovery process after suffering an ACL injury in the spring.Although Penn State coach James ...

Chambers hoping to make his point

UNIVERSITY PARK - At Penn State men's basketball media day Tuesday, Nittany Lion coach Patrick Chambers made a point of saying his team is not really hurting for a ... well ... point.That's "point" as in guard, the position that has been a hot topic among followers of the program since the ...

Franklin stays busy during bye

UNIVERSITY?PARK - Penn State coach James Franklin is spending the season's second October bye week by tempering the team's disappointment with back-to-back losses and dealing with ongoing offensive issues.The Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) are idle until an Oct. 25 home night game against No. ...

Reports: Hartsfield scholarship rescinded

The Penn State football program has decided to cut ties with New Jersey defensive back commit Myles Hartsfield in the aftermath of the Sayreville High School hazing scandal, several recruiting outlets reported on Monday.Under NCAA regulations, Penn State officials aren't permitted to comment on ...

Steelers, PSU facing big problems

When do the Pirates start up again, anyway?Man, it's depressing to be thinking about that in October, but with the way this football season is going for many fans in central PA, there's just not much to look forward to.The Steelers (3-3), one of the great organizations in American sports, no ...

Lions’ defense hung out to dry

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Penn State's defense allowed 13 points Saturday, and in today's high-scoring world of college football, that's usually going to be enough to win.But with the offense struggling yet again, the defense faces an incredibly small margin for error and has to play tremendous to ...

Michigan defense stifles Lions in second half

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - There are no easy answers for this year's Penn State football team, but there are two absolutes.The offensive line continues to put the offense - and the entire team - in a very difficult predicament."We knew we were going to have some challenges up front," coach James ...

Recruit’s status is unknown

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A Penn State official said the school is monitoring the situation surrounding sexual assault charges against members of the football team at Sayreville High School in New Jersey, but it's unclear if Nittany Lion recruit Myles Hartsfield is one of the players facing ...

Hack takes step back, and he’s getting no help

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Christian Hackenberg didn't come out to meet the media following the Nittany Lions' loss to Michigan on Saturday night, and it's tough to blame him.He's suffered enough.Penn State's decorated sophomore quarterback is bruised and beaten - "frustrated," James Franklin admitted ...

PSU-Michigan highlights-lowlights

By Neil Rudelnrudel@altoonamirror.comANN ARBOR, Mich. - Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State's 18-13 loss to Michigan on Saturday night at Michigan Stadium:Play of the game: Late in the third quarter with the Lions up 13-10 and facing third-and-4 from their own 28, ...

PSU offense fizzles in 18-13 loss to Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Penn State led by three at the half but went scoreless in the second half as Michigan rallied for an 18-13 win Saturday night at Michigan Stadium.Christian Hackenberg threw a key interception that helped Michigan tie the game with a field goal, and the Wolverines took the ...

Hand admits O-line not meeting expectations

There's no sugarcoating the struggles of Penn State's offensive line, and position coach Herb Hand didn't bother trying to do that as he made it clear the unit has not played up to expectations this season."I don't get paid to pat them on the back for things they've done right," Hand said ...

Execution key for Nittany Lion offense

Penn State's offensive problems, according to Christian Hackenberg, can be summed up in one word.It's a word the quarterback used over and over again Wednesday when discussing this week's game at Michigan."It all comes down to execution," Hackenberg said.Mentioning the word more than a ...

Accused rapist testifies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - One of four former Vanderbilt University football players accused of raping a student in a campus dormitory last year testified Wednesday that athletics officials told him he would lose his scholarship if he didn't cooperate with police investigating the case, so he felt he ...

Lions recharge batteries in week off

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State has enjoyed its time off with the bye week, but coach James Franklin is ready to get back on the field.The first-year coach said there was a lot of productivity made with the extra time off as players were able to refocus academically, spend time with their families ...

Coachspeak: James Franklin

A capsule look at James Franklin's weekly news conference:Opponent: MichiganKickoff: Saturday 7 p.m., Michigan StadiumTV: ESPN2About the Wolverines: They're having one of the worst seasons in program history at 2-4 and 0-2 in the Big Ten; lost three games before October for first time ever; ...