Neil Rudel

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 ...

Fifth-year seniors have seen it all

UNIVERSITY PARK - Kyle Carter smiled when reminded during Penn State's annual football media day that he's one of just six remaining fifth-year seniors in the program."In some ways," he said, "I feel like a dad out here."Though just 22 years old, Carter is wise beyond his years.He's seen some ...

Weaver leaves icing on local hockey legacy

Dave Weaver arrived in Altoona 16 years ago to become the news director at WRTA Radio."I really thought when I moved here I'd be here two-three years in the radio business and then try to move up to a bigger (radio) market," he was saying the other day before Tuesday night's sendoff party at ...

Dorsett visit stirs memory

Tony Dorsett had never been in Altoona, only through it a couple of times, prior to his guest appearance Thursday night with the Curve."Is Penn State near here?" he asked.In fact, yes, he was told, which led Dorsett to a story about his high school recruitment in which he ultimately picked Pitt ...

Bowling induction stirs emotions

The Altoona chapter of the United States Bowling Congress put its best foot forward Saturday night - and not just because it honored the Mirror's Scott Franco for his 12 years of coverage.Franco has carried the torch nicely following the retirement and passing of Herb Werner, who years ago ...

Hall of Fame enshrinee Bill Polian pays tribute to lesser known Paterno

When Bill Polian is enshrined in the Pro Football of Fame next month, he'll pay tribute to a name that is recognized throughout the football world: Paterno.Although he knew and respected Joe Paterno, the Paterno who most influenced Polian was George.Most Penn State fans knew George Paterno as ...

Tigers’ defection from WPIAL a gamble

The Hollidaysburg Area School District announced a little more than a week ago that the upcoming football season would be its last in the WPIAL.Beginning in 2016, the Tigers will play an independent schedule, resuming relationships with familiar opponents such as State College, DuBois, Central ...

For Webb, an ‘uplifting day’ in Duncansville

The pioneer of weight training in central Pennsylvania was the center of attention Saturday at an annual reunion held in his honor.Former and current lifters, all with pronounced builds, lined up at the Progressive Martial Arts Gym on Sixth Avenue in Altoona to greet Jake Webb, regarded as an ...

Fisher’s heart filled PSU

Penn State lost one of the most beloved pieces of its history - one who definitely merits a spot on Mount Nittany's Mount Rushmore - with the passing of Fran Fisher.The greatest ambassador the school ever had, who connected fans and helped build the Nittany Nation from the early days of Beaver ...

Early 1980s set tone for PSU’s schedule

On a day when the Mirror's topic of discussion is non-conference scheduling, it's ironic that former University of Georgia coach Vince Dooley was just in town.Dooley, who spoke at the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School Marauder Club's annual spring luncheon Friday, was on the losing end of ...

Hack back and on (NFL) track

UNIVERSITY PARK - The NFL Draft is right around the corner (April 30-May 2), and Christian Hackenberg won't be in it.But a year from now, he very well may be, as NFL draft analysts continue to slot him on top of a short list of the best quarterbacks available beginning in 2016.He's already been ...

Rudel: PSU’s Chambers deserves more time

Some random thoughts stored up over a long, cold winter:n Until Penn State's respectable showing in the Big Ten Tournament, speculation existed over the status of Patrick Chambers and whether he would be cut loose with time remaining on his contract.Though Chambers' body of work has been less ...

Coaches named for annual Mirror Classic

The coaches are set for the 10th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic, which will match the top seniors from Blair County against the best of Central Pennsylvania on Friday, March 27 at Mount Aloysius College.Bellwood-Antis' Jim Swaney and Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic's Chris Drenning will ...

Both hope rivalry game can provide momentum

As a player at Bishop Guilfoyle High School 40 years ago, Paul Hasson wasn't fortunate enough to beat Altoona.But that doesn't mean the crosstown rivalry isn't significant to him.In fact, Hasson's memories of Altoona-BG may have been the best of anyone in the large crowd that attended Tuesday ...

PSU recruiting has changed with the times

UNIVERSITY PARK - Joe Paterno used to joke that one of his first press conferences, to preview spring practice, "was probably at the Rathskeller with about three people."Suffice to say had he walked into festivities Wednesday morning on National Letter-of-Intent Day at the Lasch Football ...