Penn State news

Givens, Simpson improving

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Blair County products Kevin Givens and Zach Simpson both made strong progress this season for Penn State, and their position coaches rave about their versatility and what they bring to the team. Givens is the only player to play every position on the defensive line this ...

Reid helping team despite not playing

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — If he absolutely had to, cornerback John Reid probably could play in Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl. He won’t play, of course, but that’s how much progress Reid has made since suffering a knee injury in spring ball that wound up costing him the entire season. “I feel ...

AD has expectations

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Penn State men’s basketball team is 10-4 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten, but it’s coming off a very disappointing loss to Rider, and Patrick Chambers’ team sits at 109 in the RPI rankings. This is year seven for Chambers at PSU, and he has yet to make an NCAA ...

Pressure on QB vital for PSU defense

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The biggest challenge for Penn State in Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl against Washington could be getting pressure on Huskies quarterback Jake Browning and not letting him have time to pick apart the defense. In the Nittany Lions’ two losses this season, Ohio State’s J.T. ...

Hoops du Jour

PSU women at Michigan Tipoff: 6 p.m. Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Mich. Records: Penn State (9-4), Michigan (11-2) Coaches: Coquese Washington is 190-139 in her 10th season at Penn State and overall. Kim Barnes Arico is 122-65 in her sixth season at Michigan and 392-271 overall. Radio: ...

Barkley gets tips for Huskies game plan

Saquon Barkley and the Penn State offense will face quite a challenge against Washington’s top-ranked run defense, but Barkley was able to get a bit of a scouting report from another one of the nation’s elite running backs. “I talked to (Stanford’s) Bryce Love out in Atlanta and see ...

Bowen, Charles no longer with Nittany Lions

Junior linebacker Manny Bowen and sophomore receiver Irvin Charles have had their Penn State careers come to an end because of disciplinary reasons. A spokesperson for PSU said Tuesday that both players are off the squad because of a violation of team rules. It’s unclear what the two did to ...

Running back Sanders biding his time until moment is right

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Miles Sanders came to Penn State as the No. 1 running back recruit in the nation, but he hasn’t had many opportunities to play the past two seasons behind superstar teammate Saquon Barkley. “I just had to be patient,” Sanders ...

Former PSU football player Gress dies at 26

Former Penn State offensive lineman Adam Gress has died, the school confirmed Friday. He was 26 and would have turned 27 next Friday. Gress played for Penn State from 2009 through 2012 and developed into a starting tackle for three games his final season. He was a native of West Mifflin and ...

Lions land big one in Parsons

UNIVERSITY PARK — James Franklin looked ahead to a sandy beach, a time when he had hung up his whistle as Penn State football coach and began penning his memoirs when asked about the question central to the Nittany Lions’ 2018 recruiting class. “The book will probably be five chapters ...

OL Bates healthy for Lions

UNIVERSITY PARK — A lot of football players get hurt and have to miss playing time, but it had never happened to Penn State offensive lineman Ryan Bates in his life until this season. Bates suffered a lower leg injury at Ohio State when running back Saquon Barkley hit the back of his leg at ...

Penn State Altoona launches new website

Penn State Altoona Athletics recently announced that it is launching a new website to act as the central online presence for its varsity sports program. Penn State Altoona Athletics has partnered with PrestoSports, a Rockville, Md.-based company specializing in college sports websites, to ...

Pry still a happy camper

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Brent Pry loves it at Penn State, and James Franklin loves having him there, but at some point, Pry is widely expected to leave and become a head coach elsewhere. That time, however, is not now for the Nittany Lions’ defensive ...

PSU stopped in semis

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mikaela Foecke had 19 kills, Annika Albrecht and Briana Holman had 13 apiece and Nebraska fought off match point in the fourth set to beat Penn State in a five-set thriller in the NCAA volleyball semifinals on Thursday night. “I’m disappointed in the outcome,” PSU ...

Pry may be set to stay

It appears that defensive coordinator Brent Pry could be staying put at Penn State rather than leaving to become head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette. News broke late Thursday night that Louisiana-Lafayette offered the job and a five-year contract to Billy Napier, the offensive coordinator at ...

Final Four decorated with titles

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s difficult to call a volleyball program that has been to the Final Four eight times an underdog, especially the way Florida rallied to beat Southern California and punch its latest ticket. Yet of the four schools descending on the Sprint Center in Kansas City this ...

Quarterback Club pays tribute to Barkley

From Mirror reports UNIVERSITY PARK — Paul Hornung Award winner and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Saquon Barkley — and All-Big Ten honorees safety Marcus Allen and quarterback Trace McSorley — were among the award winners at the State College Quarterback Club’s annual banquet ...

Lady Lions advance to next round

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State women’s volleyball team recorded a sweep in the third round of the NCAA Tournament Friday, as the Lady Lions took down Missouri, 3-0, 25-17, 25-18, 25-19, at Rec Hall. With the win, Penn State advanced to its 16th NCAA regional final. Its opponent will be ...

Lineman changes his mind

A few weeks ago, it looked like Penn State would have trouble fitting a number of top prospects into its 2018 recruiting class because of a lack of scholarships. That numbers bind is easing up. The Nittany Lions are down to 20 recruits in this recruiting cycle today after Michigan offensive ...

Tomahawk will attend PSU

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Tomahawks announced Thursday that former defenseman Hunter Carrick has committed to play at Penn State University. Carrick, of Orland Park, Ill., started the season with the Tomahawks, scoring two goals and adding four assists in 16 games before being called up to ...