Cory Giger

Huge upset major turning point for PSU, Franklin

It wasn’t just one game. It was a game changer for the Penn State football program. Years from now, we all could be looking back on Saturday night as the turning point to Penn State’s return as a major player on the national stage. The Nittany Lions’ 24-21 win over No. 2 Ohio State ...

4-2 Lions get mostly good grades

Before getting into the midseason report card, I want to note that Sunday's opening point spread for this week's home game against No. 2 Ohio State has Penn State as a 20-point underdog.That's believed to be the largest underdog line ever at Beaver Stadium for the Nittany Lions, who are 4-2 and ...

Lions’ schedule sets up nicely

Rutgers just played one of the worst games in major college football history, a 78-0 trouncing at home to Michigan, and has been downright embarrassing this season.Iowa is proving once again that coach Kirk Ferentz only knows how to be good twice a decade, and it has a bad offense.Michigan ...

Experience for youth will pay off in future

Nineteen of the 22 players who will start for Penn State this week will be back next season -- nine of whom are either freshmen or sophomores -- plus both kickers also will return.That should be exciting to Nittany Lion fans, regardless of what happens the rest of this season.The feeling here ...

McSorley saves the day for Nittany Lions

A good win that would have been a bad loss produced a lot of positives and some negatives for Penn State, which gets to ride the emotional high of victory for a week but still has the look of a team that's teetering on a middling season.For starters, let's pinpoint exactly why the Nittany Lions ...

Giger: Running game not balancing offense

The obvious answer to this question is the defense, but all the injuries make it impossible to fully fault that group.The running game is the most disappointing aspect from this view because Penn State has a superstar-caliber tailback in Saquon Barkley, yet the entire operation has failed to ...

Calm down on firing Franklin talk

Fire James Franklin. Fire Mike Tomlin. Fire Clint Hurdle. Fire every coach who suffers an embarrassing loss or fails to win a championship.No.No.Calm down. Relax. Be patient.Sports are hard. Some situations in sports are incredibly difficult, far more so than fans of that team understand or are ...

Rout shows how far PSU is from elite teams

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Penn State had no chance to beat Michigan on Saturday because of so many injuries on defense. That's not an excuse. It's a legitimate football explanation.It's not the entire explanation, however, for why the final score was a disastrous 49-10.The explanation for that should ...

The right NFL opportunity will lure Harbaugh back

Trying to figure out what's going on inside the head of the wackiest, weirdest and maybe creepiest coach in college football is probably a futile exercise.This is Jim Harbaugh we're talking about. A magnificent coach, yet a socially awkward guy with an amazingly peculiar personality. Oh, and a ...

Should McSorley have played over Hack?

Trace McSorley completed 75 percent of his passes Saturday against Temple (18-of-24), 68 percent last week against Pitt (24-of-35) and is at 64.4 percent for the season through three games.This might sound silly to some people, but hear me out: If coach James Franklin would have benched ...

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 ...