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Meet The Penn State Staff: OL Coach Herb Hand

Hometown: Westmoreland, N.Y.Family: wife, Debbie; sons Trey and Cade; daughter BaileyEducation: Bachelor's in history, Hamilton College; Master's in business administration, West Virginia WesleyanPlaying experience: played on offensive line at Hamilton CollegeCoaching experience: 1990: ...

Key fumbles not deterring Zwinak

UNIVERSITY PARK - What's the first thing that comes to mind for Penn State fans when you think of Zach Zwinak?It's probably not his four straight 100-yard games to end last season.Probably not his 563 yards rushing in those four games, compared to Bill Belton's 336 yards.Probably not that he ...

PSU lands star CB recruit from Philly

After getting a head start on future classes over the last couple of weeks, Penn State got back to the job of finishing its 2015 class on Friday by getting a surprise commitment from national top-200 cornerback John Reid.A 5-foot-10, 180-pound, four-star recruit from St. Joseph's Prep in ...

PSU to get Charlotte in Classic

UNIVERSITY PARK - The Penn State men's basketball team will open play in the 2014 Charleston Classic by taking on Charlotte at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 on ESPNU, the network announced Tuesday. The remaining teams in the field include Akron, Cornell, Drexel, Miami (Fla.), South Carolina and ...

34 Lions on NFL training camp rosters

UNIVERSITY PARK - A total of 34 Penn State football alumni are populating the training camp rosters of 22 National Football League teams.The Nittany Lions annually are among the top 20 programs nationally in producing players in the NFL.In addition, 10 former Nittany Lions are members of NFL ...

Senior Montminy breaks nose, earns scholarship

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State men's basketball coach Patrick Chambers recently said senior walk-on Kevin Montminy earned a scholarship for the 2014-15 season.Just a few minutes prior to telling the team, the Penns Valley Area product dove after a loose ball and a teammate's leg connected with ...

Carter set for bounce-back season at TE

UNIVERSITY PARK - A year ago, Kyle Carter was all the rage as he was considered Penn State's best tight end following a stellar freshman season that included 36 catches.Things are different this year, though, as Jesse James has received all the preseason hype as PSU's most promising tight end, ...

Bell, Wartman get first cracks at thin position

STATE COLLEGE - Linebacker who?Penn State's position of tradition is a position of opportunity in coach James Franklin's first year, as competition for starting spots and reserve playing time appears as open as any in recent memory.Fifth-year senior Mike Hull is moving over to middle linebacker ...

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 ...