Cory Giger

Offense, not defense, wins championships now

In the past 12 college football championship games - either the BCS or College Football Playoff - the winning team scored at least 30 points in nine of those contests.Last year, Clemson scored 40 points in the title game - and lost, to Alabama, 45-40.Ohio State scored 42 points in the ...

Plenty of good and bad news for Penn State

The psyche of the sports fan is a fascinating thing as one walks the tightrope of emotions during a game.For Penn State fans, there had to be a lot of maddening moments early in Saturday's game at Pitt when you were absolutely disgusted at what you were watching and wondering how much heat ...

Narduzzi needs to cash in on his big chance

If Pat Narduzzi and Pitt can't beat Penn State this season, they might not be able to do so during this four-year renewal of the storied rivalry.The Panthers have all the advantages here. The game is at home, PSU is coming off the sanctions, plus the Nittany Lions have a new quarterback, ...

PSU must play better to beat Pitt

Welcome to Penn State vs. Pitt week, a statewide celebration of trash talk 16 long years in the making.Hopefully you'll enjoy our special section in today's paper taking a look back at the series history and where it will be going in the future.Here are some things to consider for the upcoming ...

Entertaining offense should be first step

Sports are entertainment, and if fans are going to watch a team or follow it closely, the least they should expect for their time and financial commitment is to be entertained.Penn State's offense was so abysmally unentertaining the past two years that it was hard to watch the team most weeks. ...

Salary dump should not have included McGuire

There's no mistaking exactly what this really is: A salary dump.The Pirates needed to get rid of Francisco Liriano's huge salary, so they actually gave up more than they should have to entice a team to take him. The Toronto Blue Jays took the deal.The Bucs traded not one, but two of their top ...

Barbour’s concerns justified, but might fall on deaf ears

In a perfect sports world of friendly, always respectful competitors, as well as patient, realistic fans, Sandy Barbour would not have had to make the comments she did about some of the issues facing the Penn State football program.Barbour told a handful of reporters Wednesday about her disdain ...

Curve valuable to area

Most of us take the simplest things for granted, such as having a comfortable bed to sleep in at night.Not all kids have that, however, which is why an event that took place following Sunday's Curve game was cool to see.One of many cool things to see, mind you, on the day at Peoples Natural Gas ...

Minor leaguers deserve more money

The overall salary structure in minor league baseball is an absolute joke, and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred doesn't appear to have any intention of helping out thousands of young players around the country who don't even make a livable wage.The minimum salary for a first-year Double-A player is ...

Giger: Young prospects spark Bucs

What a breath of fresh air these terrific young prospects have been for the Buccos, and it's not a coincidence the team has rebounded the past few weeks since they've arrived.Josh Bell's pinch-hit grand slam Saturday night was a thing of beauty, one of the Pirates' biggest highlights of the ...

Giger: Meadows could make ’Cutch expendable

W hat makes Austin Meadows the most important player in the Pirates' minor league system has plenty to do with him, but even more to do with Andrew McCutchen.When all is said and done in a few years, only one of them figures to be in the Pirates' outfield. And it probably will be Meadows.What ...

Mehno: Champion Pens ready for time off

PITTSBURGH - The Stanley Cup parade rolls this morning at 11:30, which means a lot of the Penguins players should be scattering this evening.Who can blame them?They reported to training camp in mid-September, and played their season opener on Oct. 8. They made four trips to the Pacific time ...

Giger: Hackenberg’s draft spot not easy to determine

It wouldn't be shocking to see Christian Hackenberg drafted at the end of the first round tonight, nor would it be shocking if he falls as far as the fourth round.Analyzing Hackenberg has to be as much of a head scratcher as it gets for NFL scouts. There's very little to like about his film the ...

Allie proving he’s deserving of more opportunities

Stetson Allie, who faced a crossroads in his career, deserves a lot of credit for how he's handled the adversity.The way minor league baseball works is, if you're a high draft pick, you're given a lot of money and every opportunity to succeed. For a while. But if things don't work out for a ...

SFU coach leads team to historic win over PSU

LORETTO - Saint Francis recorded the school's best win - in any sport - in 25 years Thursday night, pulling off a true David vs. Goliath upset with a men's volleyball EIVA conference tournament victory over Penn State at Rec Hall.The Red Flash ended PSU's 17-year run as EIVA champion and beat ...

Receivers can benefit in new ‘O’

Trace McSorley didn't throw many passes off target during his fantastic Blue-White Game performance Saturday, but one in particular actually gave someone else a chance to make an impressive play.McSorley had Saeed Blacknall open in the front right of the end zone for an easy TD opportunity - if ...

Don’t count on coach winning at lowly TCU

Full disclosure: As a Syracuse fan, I'm glad to see Jamie Dixon leave Pitt. He's always owned the Orange, figuring out their vaunted 2-3 zone better than any coach around.As a huge college basketball fan who follows the game extensively on a national level, I'll also say Dixon is nuts for ...

Giger: Madness would be norm if little guys got to host games

One of the main reasons why all the upsets in the NCAA Tournament are so surprising is because college basketball is egregiously rigged against the little guys throughout the regular season.Did you ever wonder what would happen if Duke trekked to Nacogdoches, Texas, in the regular season for a ...

Hack helps himself with strong pro day

UNIVERSITY PARK - Football scouting is a lot of guess work. Sure, scouts will say it's a finely tuned skill, but come on, there have been enough high draft picks who flopped to tell us sometimes all the number crunching and analysis can be way overblown.As much as any player in the upcoming NFL ...

Flash fold at the worst time

TEANECK, N.J. - What should be maddeningly frustrating to Saint Francis is a realization that every member of the basketball program certainly has, which is: This Red Flash team was good enough to have been the Northeast Conference's representative in the NCAA Tournament.But there's simply no ...