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Franklin takes time to reflect on Paterno legacy

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Today marks the five-year anniversary of Joe Paterno’s passing in 2012 at age 85, and his legacy remains a complicated and debated issue around the country. Current Penn State coach James Franklin was asked Saturday for his thoughts on the longtime ...

Purdue crushes Penn State in impressive fashion

The Associated Press WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The way it played this week, No. 21 Purdue is acting like a team that is determined to be in the race for the Big Ten championship all the way to the end of the regular season. Caleb Swanigan had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Purdue built an ...

Penn State hockey team loses shootout to OSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State men’s ice hockey team, ranked No. 1 in the country, fell to Big Ten foe Ohio State Friday night in a seven-round shootout after both teams skated to a 3-3 tie at the end of regulation at the Pegula Ice Arena. The Buckeyes get the extra point in the ...

PSU Altoona men win again

HAMBURG, N.Y. — The Penn State Altoona men’s basketball team picked up its fifth straight win Saturday, defeating Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Hilbert 87-78. Jordan Smith scored a season-high 23 points for the Lions (9-8, 8-3 AMCC) while Anton Lucas put up 20 ...

Penn State hockey makes history with ranking

From Mirror reports UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State men’s ice hockey team earned the programs first-ever No. 1 national ranking earlier Monday afternoon after receiving a program-high 30 first-place votes in the latest uscho.com poll. The Nittany Lions jumped from No. 4 last week to ...

Wilson receives honor from AMCC

Penn State Altoona senior guard Javon Wilson was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s Player of the Week in men’s basketball. Wilson had a big week to help lead the Lions to a trio of significant AMCC victories. In Penn State Altoona’s 91-70 win at Mount Aloysius, ...

Lion staying

Penn State’s Marcus Allen announced on Twitter Sunday that he would return to the Nittany Lions this fall for his senior season. “After a series of long conversations with my family, as well as those I trust, and long nights on my knees in prayer, I’ve decided to return to Happy ...

Nittany Lions hand Cornhuskers first loss of the season

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team hammered home-standing No. 6 Nebraska Sunday for its second Big Ten road victory of the weekend. Head coach Cael Sanderson’s squad won seven of 10 bouts to roll to the 27-14 win. The Nittany Lions improved to 6-0 overall and 2-0 ...

Fleck selected to bring normalcy to Golden Gophers

The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — P.J. Fleck is leaving Western Michigan to take over a Minnesota program reeling from a threatened player boycott of a bowl game and the handling of a sexual assault investigation. Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle said Friday that he was bringing in ...

Lions’ defender declares for NFL

UNIVERSITY PARK — Defensive end Garrett Sickels is giving up his final year of eligibility with the Penn State football team to enter the NFL Draft. The 2016 All-Big Ten second team selection started 24 games over the last two seasons. “This journey has been an amazing ride from my ...

Sanders patiently waiting behind Barkley

LOS ANGELES — True freshman Miles Sanders is sitting behind one of the best running backs in Penn State history, Saquon Barkley, and he’s soaking up as much as he can for the time down the road when he gets to take over as the lead tailback. “He’s been a mentor and a role model,” ...

Barbour hints at Franklin extension

LOS ANGELES — Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour wouldn’t give any details but did offer up a hint that a contract extension for coach James Franklin is in the works. “Things are moving along,” Barbour said Saturday with a little smile. Franklin’s contract runs through the ...

Barkley thinks he can improve

LOS ANGELES — Saquon Barkley could find himself in an interesting position one year from now when it comes to playing in Penn State’s bowl game or skipping it to save his body and prepare for the NFL draft. That sort of thing would have been unheard of throughout the history of college ...

Moorhead not heading to UConn

UConn fired head coach Bob Diaco on Monday, and there was immediate speculation the Huskies would go after Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead for the job. That speculation, however, was put to rest later in the afternoon by Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports, who tweeted that Moorhead ...

Penn State’s Hamilton, Gesicki overcome struggles

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — We don’t become the people we are today without going through some tough times and making mistakes. That’s true in all walks of life, and it’s no different with athletes. One difference, though, is that when an athlete makes ...

It’s a good time to be a Nittany Lion

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State has been one of the best feel-good stories in college football this season, which has everyone around campus, around town and around the Nittany Nation feeling very good. “I don’t remember the last time I’ve seen ...

Lady Lions 7-0 at home

UNIVERSITY PARK — For the third time in the Coquese Washington era, and the 14th time in program history, the Penn State women's basketball team improved to 7-0 at home to start a season with an 80-67 victory over Iona Tuesday night at the Bryce Jordan Center. The Lady Lions (10-2) shot ...

Lions’ Chambers feeling good

By Jim O’Connell The Associated Press NEW YORK — Penn State coach Patrick Chambers sounded like a coach who just watched his team play as well as it has all season. “We competed. We played hard. And it’s nice, of course, to make so many 3s,” he said. “That always ...

Assistants on December nice list

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — With renewed success, part of Penn State’s reality going forward is that the program’s top assistant coaches will be getting a lot of other job opportunities in the coming years. Or, the exact opposite of the way things were ...

MacIntyre edges Franklin for Coach of Year

BOULDER, Colo. — Mike MacIntyre has the reputation as a turnaround artist. Give him a program, any program, and he will transform it. Colorado, though, had the looks of being the sort of program that not even MacIntyre could fix. After three years that resulted in a grand total of 10 ...