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Franklin addresses USC rumors

The USC debate Check out a video online of Cory Giger and Neil Rudel discussing all the elements that go into speculation about James Franklin and a potential USC job. Go to YouTube.com/AltoonaMirror. By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com James Franklin surely knew the question was ...

UCF finds its way into committee’s top 10 ranking

The Associated Press Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan were at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night, marking the first time in the five-year history of the postseason system that the same teams held the first four spots for three straight weeks. Unlike last ...

Simpson to finish up against Maryland

Zach Simpson has one more year of college eligibility remaining at Penn State, but the Hollidaysburg Area High School product apparently is forgoing his senior season and will play his final home game Saturday against Maryland. Penn State will recognize its seniors and other underclassmen ...

PSU Altoona benefit set for Nov. 30

Penn State Altoona’s club ice hockey and College Hockey East have teamed up with the Mario Lemieux Foundation, The Griffith Family Foundation and THON for the College Hockey Combats Cancer campaign. Purple Puck Night will take place Friday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. when the Nittany Lions host the ...

USC could be interested in Franklin, but would he go?

This is the final week of the regular season, so the silly season is already starting up. The rumor mill and speculation season with regards to coaching moves. If I had to guess, I’d say James Franklin will be Penn State’s coach for 10 more years. At least. He’s not going to the ...

No messing around: Lions need to put Rutgers away early

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Five things to look for as Penn State plays at Rutgers in what has become by far the easiest win on the Big Ten schedule each year. No. 1: Cut to the chase Rutgers is awful. This should be an easy win. Just show up and play. No. 2: OK, real ...

Rudel: LB Parsons making mark as team’s top tackler

There are several choices on offense — receiver/returner KJ Hamler, tight end Pat Freiermuth, kicker Jake Pinegar — and Cory likes offense. You may have heard that. I’ll take linebacker Micah Parsons, in part for the sake of this week’s topic and in bigger part because I think you can ...

Giger: Hamler’s production helps offset awful year for WRs

It’s staggering how bad Penn State’s wide receivers have been this season. Except one. I shudder to think what the Nittany Lions’ offense would look like without KJ Hamler, a very impressive redshirt freshman. We all thought veterans Juwan Johnson and DeAndre Thompkins would be ...

Franklin gives Mountain Lion grad some love

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com It’s tough for a defensive tackle to compile gaudy statistics, simply because of the nature of the position, so it’s often difficult to analyze the overall performance of those big space eaters in the middle of the line. Our eyes are trained to ...

PSU hoping Badgers are cure-all

Five things to look for as Penn State looks to bounce back from last week’s 42-7 drubbing at Michigan against a Wisconsin team that’s very capable of pulling off the upset. No. 1: To QB or not QB By all accounts, Trace McSorley is expected to start at quarterback for Penn State. But ...

Legendary Triplett remembered for historic contributions

The Associated Press DETROIT — Wally Triplett, the trailblazing running back who was one of the first African-Americans drafted by an NFL team, has died. He was 92. The Detroit Lions and Penn State announced Triplett’s death Thursday. Triplett was the third African-American selected in ...

Franklin sees value in knowledge

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Football is not the be all, end all in life, and James Franklin made it clear Tuesday afternoon that he wants to make sure his players have a well-rounded understanding of what’s going on in the world. Around that same time, 600 miles away, South ...

Nittany Lions need someone to start making plays

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Wisconsin (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten) Kickoff: Saturday, noon, Beaver Stadium TV: ABC About the Badgers: They’ve been a disappointment at 6-3, losing to BYU, Michigan and Northwestern. … Veteran QB Alex Hornibrook is ...

Giger: PSU has some big problems that will be hard to solve

So, what are we to make of this mess? Penn State got destroyed Saturday at Michigan, 42-7. It has lost to all three of its top challengers in the Big Ten East, including at home to Ohio State and Michigan State. The offense went from awesome to awful in the blink of an eye. Trace McSorley ...

PSU left stunned by blowout loss

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The annihilation in Ann Arbor, take two, came as a shock to this Penn State football team — and to just about everyone else. It was stunning to watch a PSU offense that’s been so prolific for the past two years be so awful against No. 5 Michigan before 111,747 fans ...

Game in 2016 was turning point for Penn State

It’s hard to believe it’s been only two years, given everything that’s happened in the meantime, but pretty much everything was different the last time Penn State visited Michigan. You remember that game, right? Unless you’ve simply chosen to erase it from your memory ...

Freshman linebacker Parsons wants to do it all at Penn State

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Michigan (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) Kickoff: Saturday, 3:45 p.m., Michigan Stadium TV: ESPN About the Wolverines: They are No. 5 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, released Tuesday night, making them the ...

‘They thought we were Penn’: 1967-69 teams laid PSU cornerstone

The era that launched Joe Paterno and Penn State football to national prominence will be recognized at halftime today as the Nittany Lions of 1967-69 are staging a 50-year reunion. And make no mistake: The tradition of Beaver Stadium swelling to 107,000 started with these guys, who went ...

Teams to play physical battle in rain

Five things to look for as Penn State battles Iowa in what should be a tough, physical game in the rain. No. 1: Let’s get physical Iowa is going to punch Penn State in the mouth. That’s a given. The Hawkeyes are always tough, even when they’re not overly talented, and they force you ...

Franklin: McSorley could use some help

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com No matter how things would have played out, there was always going to be a heavy reliance on Trace McSorley to carry Penn State’s offense this season. But perhaps no one could have expected just how much burden the quarterback would bear in doing ...