Neil Rudel

For Hack, clock about to strike midnight

JACKSONVILLE - The biggest question concerning the Penn State football program - whether Christian Hackenberg is in fact playing his final game today and will move on to the NFL - has yet to be answered.At least verbally.Hackenberg read a prepared statement in August politely requesting the ...

PSU’s Garrity upholding family legacy

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. - The irony is not lost on Gregg Garrity.His father, Gregg, made the most famous catch in Penn State history, a diving gem in the end zone from Todd Blackledge in the 1982 Sugar Bowl that clinched the first national championship for the Nittany Lions and Joe Paterno.The ...

Penn State welcomes Moorhead

UNIVERSITY PARK - James Franklin wasn't his typical "awesome" self on Wednesday.Oh, Franklin still thanked everyone for coming, but he was a bit more subdued than usual while introducing Joe Moorhead, the Nittany Lions' new offensive coordinator.And he admitted why. Moorhead's arrival, while ...

Flash, Dukes turn back clock

JOHNSTOWN - It's not an easy decision to play arguably your most attractive non-conference game at a neutral site.But that's exactly what Rob Krimmel and the Saint Francis men's basketball program were willing to do in hosting Duquesne at the Cambria County War Memorial here Saturday ...

Baron still thriving as underdog

Jim Baron is back in central Pennsylvania tonight, some 28-plus years and 450 victories since he landed on Aldrich Avenue in Altoona as a 33-year-old head coach at Saint Francis.Baron has coached against Penn State before, splitting a pair of games in 2009 while guiding Rhode Island, including ...

Nittany Lions can’t hang with upper tier

EAST LANSING, Mich. - As the turnovers mounted and Michigan State worked its way toward naming its final score, there was a striking image along the Penn State sidelines Saturday at Spartan Stadium.Striking, at least, to me, having now watched parts of five decades of Nittany Lion football.I'm ...

Rudel: Franklin’s patience, loyalty being tested

Through two years, James Franklin has learned much about Penn State and its fans and vice versa.We've seen an excellent representative who embraces the many good qualities on which Penn State has prided itself over the years such as academic integrity and positive community involvement.And ...

Penn State wastes too many opportunities

UNIVERSITY PARK - Since Penn State started playing Big Ten football 22 years ago, there has been no opponent that the Nittany Lion camp has felt benefitted more from questionable officiating than Michigan.Witness: The 2002 game after which Joe Paterno called for a re-evaluation of conference ...

Signature victory available today

UNIVERSITY PARK - James Franklin has purposely avoided a couple of direct questions about what a signature victory would do for the growth of his Nittany Lion program.That's because his two-year Penn State tenure to this point doesn't include one.Rather than admit motivational speeches aren't ...

Timeout! Franklin squanders Lions’ last chance

EVANSTON, Ill. - James Franklin typically opens his post-game press conference by thanking the media for making the trip.He diverted the usual custom Saturday, with good reason, because he had other things on his mind - such as his role in Penn State's 23-21 loss to Northwestern at Ryan ...

Hack triggers PSU resurgence

UNIVERSITY PARK - James Franklin joked that Christian Hackenberg is becoming a triple threat."Some guys are pro-style passers, some guys are dual-threat passers, and then some guys hurt you in all three phases, and that's Hack," Franklin said after the Nittany Lions defeated Illinois, 39-0, ...

Rossi’s life was devoted to the game

Dean Rossi was laid to rest Monday, and it's difficult to fathom someone so full of life being gone, even at 79 years old.Serving as a high school athletic director is not an easy job, and yet Rossi could not get enough of it.Shortly after his retirement from full-time duties at Hollidaysburg ...

After slow start, defense breaks ice

BALTIMORE - Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop apparently knows how to motivate the Nittany Lions: He gives his unit candy."Icebreakers," All-American tackle Anthony Zettel said. "Coach Shoop gave us Icebreakers before the game, and we got five turnovers."It took a long time for the ...

Offense takes steps toward its potential

UNIVERSITY PARK - The statistics will show that Penn State had one of its better offensive showings of the season and of James Franklin's now 19-game tenure.The Nittany Lions rolled up 420 yards and got their vertical passing game going better than they have all year.Christian Hackenberg threw ...

New stadium? PSU can’t rush to digest feedback

UNIVERSITY PARK - When Penn State introduced plans to move old Beaver Field from near Rec Hall across campus to its current Beaver Stadium location in 1960, Joe Paterno implored Rip Engle to voice concern to the administration that "it's going to ruin Penn State football.""Shows you what I ...

Lions still trying to ‘put pedal to metal’

UNIVERSITY PARK - Most 16-point victories should make the home team feel good.Saturday was the exception for Penn State.The Nittany Lions beat San Diego State, 37-21, running their modest win streak to three games, but the bottom line was clearly clouded by an uneven, injury-filled performance ...

Rutgers just what doctor ordered

UNIVERSITY PARK - There haven't been many occasions against Big Ten competition in the last two years that Penn State has put the game away by halftime.In fact, there haven't been any.Saturday night brought a needed golden opportunity for a breather in the presence of Rutgers, and the Nittany ...

Lions take step toward fixing ‘O’

UNIVERSITY PARK - None of the major lightning rods in the Penn State program were brought to the media room Saturday.Not offensive coordinator John Donovan. Not offensive line coach Herb Hand.Not even one of the offensive linemen who contributed to the Nittany Lions allowing 10 sacks a week ago ...

Stunningly, Lions stink up the Linc

PHILADELPHIA - Houston, we have a problem.Temple spotted Penn State an early 10-0 lead and then absolutely dominated the Nittany Lions en route to a stunningly easy 27-10 victory, ruining an otherwise glorious Saturday afternoon before 69,176 at Lincoln Financial Field.The Lions' record says ...

Saint Francis adds chapter to its history

LORETTO - Tyrone's Nick Leasure looked out at the full house at the John F. Kennedy Center and quickly summed up the feelings of those honored."It's a humbling experience to be in front of all the Saint Francis greats," he said.Those fortunate enough to attend the Hall of Fame induction ...