Cory Giger

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 ...

Flash in danger of spoiling season

LORETTO - Saint Francis is blowing a golden opportunity, the kind that hasn't come around in 25 years.All is not lost, mind you, for a Red Flash squad that can beat any other team on a given day in the parity-packed Northeast Conference. No matter what happens in SFU's final two regular-season ...

‘She loved the Curve games:’ Fan who never missed home game passes

Susie Mielnik truly was in a league of her own when it comes to minor league baseball, and what she accomplished as an Altoona Curve fan for 17 seasons is one of the most incredible feats imaginable for a sports fan.Curve home games will never be the same after the passing of Mielnik, a ...

Bach’s basketball legacy still felt at Penn State

It would be difficult to make the case that John Bach was the greatest basketball coach in Penn State history.Nittany Lion basketball and greatness have rarely been synonymous as the extraordinary challenge of the job itself - for too many reasons and not the intention of today's column - has ...

Perception of season, Franklin could change

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. - A longtime and rational Penn State fan - and yes, the rational part is key - asked me this week if James Franklin will be on the hot seat entering next season.The short answer is no.The long answer is no.The really long answer, though, is more complicated and has a lot ...

Giger: Johnson, Barkley among PSU’s best pro prospects

Watching the big fella rumble 71 yards down the sideline for a game-clinching TD against San Diego State gave us a 10-second glimpse of why 325-pound defensive tackle Austin Johnson is a big-time NFL prospect.Watching the little guy leap over a defender for the first time against Buffalo showed ...

Giger: TaxSlayer Bowl pits two distracted teams

When the major story lines for not one but both teams have very little to do with the actual game, it's easy to wonder how much we're supposed to care about Penn State's bowl matchup against Georgia.PSU quarterback Christian Hackenberg is probably playing his last college game.New offensive ...

Giger: Moorhead looks like great hire for PSU

Of all the statistics I can churn out to make new Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead look impressive, one involving sacks is the most fascinating and probably the most relevant.Moorhead's Fordham team allowed 43 sacks this season. Penn State has allowed 39.But while the Nittany Lions ...

Giger: Franklin decisive, makes right move

John Donovan had to go. Everyone knew it. James Franklin would have been risking his own career had he not made the decision to fire his offensive coordinator, and Franklin is way too smart to jeopardize his future in that regard.Still, it couldn't have been easy for Franklin.We are all sports ...

Dantonio sensational for Michigan State

Since we're on the topic this week of coaches meeting - or failing to meet - expectations, let's swing the pendulum to Michigan State's Mark Dantonio.Talk about a great college football coach. (Yes, words like "great" get thrown around way too often in sports, but it's absolutely an appropriate ...

Giger: Franklin has to improve, but patience needed

There are a lot of Penn State fans out there who feel duped."Hired a used car salesman," is pretty much their rallying cry."He's all talk and no substance," others say often.This is what James Franklin is up against. Unfortunately, too, in a lot of ways, but that's the reality nevertheless.Many ...

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 ...