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Penn State players mulling draft options

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State won’t have any players skipping out on the bowl game in order to start preparing for the NFL draft, but several Nittany Lions will have decisions to make after the game about possibly turning pro early. Defensive end Shareef Miller, for instance, already has ...

Duo recognized for both athletics, academics at PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — Emily Ogle and Kaleigh Riehl have been named to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America First Team, as announced by the organization Tuesday. This is the first honor for both Ogle and Riehl. In program history, 12 Nittany Lions have combined for 14 Scholar ...

PSU men’s soccer team gets seven to sign early

UNIVERSITY PARK -– Penn State men’s soccer head coach Jeff Cook announced the signing of seven student-athletes in the early signing period on Monday. The incoming class includes Liam Butts (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Michael Gaines (Oxon Hill, Md.), Kyle May (Lebanon, Pa.), Andrew Privett ...

Lions draw Kentucky in Citrus

It may not be the sexiest matchup of the bowl season, but there still will be many good story lines for Penn State’s Citrus Bowl showdown against Kentucky on New Year’s Day in Orlando. Kentucky is obviously a basketball school, but the football team has had an excellent season, finishing ...

State most likely to play Kentucky

Penn State appears destined for the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1 in Orlando, and the most likely opponent is Kentucky, based on how everything shook out in Saturday’s conference championship games. The bowl matchups will be announced this afternoon. Alabama’s 35-28 comeback win over Georgia ...

Clutch 3-point shots sink Lions on the road

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — After Jalen Smith and Bruno Fernando carried Maryland to the brink of victory, Anthony Cowan Jr. emphatically finished off Penn State. Cowan made two clutch 3-pointers in the closing minutes, and the 24th-ranked Terrapins opened Big Ten play with a 66-59 victory ...

Lions’ DB makes team

The Associated Press ROSEMONT, Ill. — Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald is the unanimous choice for Big Ten coach of the year. The conference on Tuesday announced half its postseason awards based on voting by coaches and media. Fitzgerald led the Wildcats (8-4) to the West Division title ...

Penn State report card

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 38-3 victory over Maryland on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: POSITION GRADE COMMENT Quarterback B+ Considering recent injury, McSorley played well, hitting 12-22 for 230 and 1 TD. Also ran for ...

Buckeyes carve up Michigan defense

The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — This season for Ohio State has been anything but normal, beginning with its celebrated coach suspended for three games. There have been spotty performances and troubling trends on both sides of the ball. There has been constant speculation and ...

Irish could have affect on PSU’s Franklin

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com James Franklin has stated that he plans to stay at Penn State for a long time, so does that mean the speculation about him possibly going to USC is over? Not exactly. Franklin gave a non-denial denial answer when asked about the USC speculation ...

Seniors making impact

Nearly two dozen Penn State players will take part in the final home game of their careers Saturday against Maryland, and coach James Franklin gushed over what those players have been able to accomplish. “You look at their record, the senior class, I think all things considered, maybe one ...

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 ...