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O’Brien left Franklin with bare cupboard

December 6, 2015 Maybe I will be proven wrong, but given what James Franklin inherited — especially the woeful offensive line and receivers that just can’t seem to get separation — it is unrealistic to expect him to... more »»

Hack character outshines performance

November 29, 2015 As someone who holds to the larger ideals that Penn State has long represented, my favorite things about Christian Hackenberg are: 1) As a highly prized recruit, he kept to his commitment to enroll... more »»

Parents should support coaches

November 22, 2015 I’ve been wanting to write this letter for many years. As a parent of two former scholar-athletes, I feel that now is the time. more »»

Great coaches win close games

November 15, 2015 It’s too bad Penn State’s game with Northwestern had to come down to the 35 vs. 9 seconds. There were plenty of other missed opportunities. Somehow the great coaches seem to win these. more »»

Sunday Sports Mailbag

November 8, 2015 Even though the Pirates didn’t make the World Series, I still watched it this year. more »»

Soccer ref exits with mixed emotions

November 1, 2015 I’ve spent 32 years as a volunteer, in several capacities, for the Altoona American Youth Soccer Organization, Region 452. For 29 of those years, I officiated soccer matches of youth ages 12 to 19. more »»

Wiberg was more than a coach

October 25, 2015 I was extremely disappointed to learn of the recent passing of John Wiberg in Jim Lane’s tribute article in Tuesday’s Mirror. Wiberg was everything good that was mentioned in that article. more »»

Hartsock captures Pirates’ season

October 18, 2015 John Hartsock wrote another incredible, detailed summary of the Pirate season with all its wonderful highs and heartbreaking low. more »»

Franklin needs time to build program

October 11, 2015 This year is the great unknown at Penn State, with lots of new players, a staff in its second year and a fan base that can finally breath. more »»

Nittany Lions must be more disciplined

October 4, 2015 I noticed in multiple situations against Rutgers what I thought signaled a lack of focus or discipline by Penn State. more »»

Can Franklin improve Hackenberg?

September 27, 2015 I read in the Mirror this past week that Penn State plans to polish quarterback Christian Hackenberg’s skills. more »»

Paterno had program in ‘good condition’

September 20, 2015 I was enjoying Neil Rudel’s commentary entitled, “Paterno faced crossroads,” last Saturday until I read this line: “Because of scandal-related circumstances, Paterno did not leave the program in th... more »»

PSU fundamentals lacking under Franklin

September 13, 2015 The Penn State game against Temple on Sept. 5 was the most pathetic display of football coaching I have ever witnessed. more »»

Steelers scrape bottom by adding Vick

September 6, 2015 It was very disappointing to see the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team I have respected, scraping the bottom of the character barrel in signing Michael Vick. more »»

‘Souped-up’ bats are recipe for injury

August 30, 2015 I am one of the many who enjoys watching the Little League games on ESPN this time of year. more »»

Refs admit mistakes; can Franklin?

August 22, 2015 I read Cory Giger’s article on James Franklin a couple of Sundays ago. more »»

PSU season awaits, so do questions

August 16, 2015 I love James Franklin. We’ve seen how dynamic and energetic he can be on the recruiting trail and as a representative of Penn State. more »»

Names on PSU jerseys helpful

August 2, 2015 My husband is 92 years old, and I am 84. We have always been big fans of Penn State football. When former coach Bill O’Brien had players’ names added to their shirts, it made an amazing differen. more »»

Meeting Rose a lifetime highlight

July 26, 2015 I would like to comment on the article John Mehno had the nerve to print in the Altoona Mirror on Sunday, June 28 about the visit of Pete Rose to the Wild Things Stadium in Washington, PA. more »»

Meredith was PSU ambassador

July 5, 2015 I enjoyed Neil Rudel’s column on retiring Penn State ticket manager Bud Meredith. I’d like to share a few interactions from the old days. more »»

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