Cory Giger

West could make big impact

HUNTINGDON - Doug West shook hands with his assistant coaches, high-fived some players and walked off the court seemingly as just another basketball coach who had won a game.But walking behind West on the way to the locker room, it was easy to see he's not just another Division III basketball ...

Franklin has areas to improve

This is an important time for James Franklin as he figures out who he is as a head coach and who he's not, plus determine who can help him and who can't when it comes to taking the next crucial steps with the Penn State football program.Franklin is far more of a project than a finished product ...

Enjoy Shoop, Pry while you can PSU fans

UCLA plays on national TV a lot, and it's always a little odd seeing the frequent shots of defensive coordinator Tom Bradley on the sideline.There was a time not long ago when Penn State assistant coaches never left, and Bradley - a PSU lifer if ever there was one - seemed destined to retire in ...

Giger: PSU lost to a good Owls team

I want to explore a theory about this year's Penn State team that involves Temple and the gigantic overreaction that took place from everyone - most notably PSU's coaches, fans and media - after the season-opening 27-10 loss.This theory requires you to accept one simple premise. If you don't ...

Giger: PSU defense finally facing normal offense

One of the great things about college football - and why it's one of the most unique sports - is that teams have to be prepared to play against all kinds of different styles from week to week.There's nothing particularly sexy about Penn State's opponent this week, Illinois, which plays a pretty ...

Giger: OC Donovan calls good game in Penn State’s victory

Looking back on Saturday and ahead to this week and beyond for the Penn State football team.Looking backn 5 things to like1. John Donovan: The offensive coordinator has been an easy target for a season and a half, but he had a big impact on Saturday's 31-30 win over Maryland by continuing to ...

Hack not a good fit for this ‘O’

James Franklin would never publicly admit this, but you just know that as he watched Ohio State's J.T. Barrett gash his defense Saturday night, he was thinking to himself, "I can't wait until I have a quarterback like that."Christian Hackenberg is a fine young man, and him sticking with Penn ...

Is criticism of Donovan appropriate?

No coach on the Penn State staff draws more criticism and downright anger from the fan base than offensive coordinator John Donovan, who says he simply doesn't pay any attention to it."No, I stay in my bubble here," Donovan said.That's smart on his part. If Donovan googled his name or read ...

Taking the good with the bad

There are a lot of interesting topics for local sports fans right now, so let's tackle them with some good news and bad news.Penn StateGood news: The Nittany Lions are 5-1, and Saturday's impressive 29-7 win over Indiana provided more reason to be optimistic about the team than at any point so ...

There’s a gameplan to beating Arrieta

Get up there and hack away. Swing early and often - at strikes. Be aggressive at the start of at-bats. Don't fall behind in the count.That's the best recipe, in my opinion, for the Pirates to get to Cubs ace Jake Arrieta in tonight's National League wild-card game.It might not work. In fact, ...

PSU’s Franklin positively needs better offense

Let's recap the last week for the Penn State football program.Trent Dilfer says Christian Hackenberg is in a bad situation.Hackenberg and the offense look bad in Saturday's 20-14 win over Army.James Franklin exclaims he will stay positive regardless of the pesky media or disgruntled fans or ...

Injuries a huge concern for Lions

Looking back on Saturday and ahead to this week and beyond for the Penn State football team. We'll start with what not to like this week because there's just no overlooking the significance of so many injuries.Looking backn 5 things not to like1. Injuries piling up: It's ridiculous how many ...

Like the line, but worried about Hack

Looking back on Saturday and ahead to this week and beyond for the Penn State football team.Looking backn 5 things to like1. Offensive line: For anyone reading this - no matter your athletic ability - you might have been able to run for 20 yards through the gaping hole that allowed Akeel Lynch ...

Barkley solid, but Lynch should start

Looking back on Saturday and ahead to this week and beyond for the Penn State football team.Looking backn 5 things to like1. RB Saquon Barkley: The true freshman was obviously terrific, gaining 115 yards on only 12 carries and turning in one of the most exciting plays of the entire day in ...

Curve counting on strong starting pitching

Fate is on Chad Kuhl's side this year, which could be a good omen for the Curve as they begin their quest for an Eastern League championship tonight.Kuhl, the Curve's pitcher of the year, will be the club's starter against Bowie in game 1 of the Western Division series at Peoples Natural Gas ...

Can Penn State adjust to Hackenberg?

There's plenty of blame to go around for Penn State's humiliating offensive performance in Saturday's 10-sack, 27-10 loss to Temple.There's also one very important question.Does James Franklin's offense, led by coordinator John Donovan, have any idea how to use Christian Hackenberg?Any football ...

Huff hopes Lions will be ‘special’ this year

UNIVERSITY PARK - Charles Huff is a really smart guy and a really good football coach, but he learned a valuable lesson last year about how not to talk the talk unless you can walk the walk.Going into the 2014 season, Penn State's special teams coordinator made all sorts of presumptive ...

Future looks bright for PSU hoops

TIPTON - There's more to be excited about regarding the future of Penn State basketball than there has been in a long time.The key word in that sentence is "future."The present, as in the upcoming season this fall, might not be so great, not after losing scoring machine D.J. Newbill.So fans ...

Departures hurt, but season a big success

This had the makings of a very special season for the Curve, until the Pirates moved a bunch of the team's best players up to Triple-A.It stinks from a local, micro viewpoint, because at their best, the Curve looked like a championship team.But the Pirates were totally justified in making all ...

Franklin on right path to succeed

CHICAGO - Make a checklist of everything you'd want in a college football coach for the modern era, and consider how Penn State's James Franklin stacks up.Elite recruiter? That's easy. It's Franklin's specialty. Check.Leadership? Another easy one. Check.Charisma? Way too easy. Politicians wish ...