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NCAA offers outline to bring sports back

The Associated Press The NCAA released a long and detailed plan Friday to help schools bring back athletes to campus during a pandemic. While schools will need to have testing and surveillance plans in place, the guidance does not recommend testing all athletes upon arrival for ...

Moratorium lifted on football, hoops

The Associated Press The NCAA Division I Council voted Wednesday to lift a moratorium on voluntary workouts by football and basketball players effective June 1 as a growing number of college leaders expressed confidence that fall sports will be possible in some form despite concerns about the ...

PSU basketball lands recruit over 12 others

Penn State picked up a basketball recruit Monday night with the verbal commitment of TaQuan Woodley of Camden, N.J. for the 2021-2022 season. Multiple websites reported Woodley picked the Nittany Lions over a dozen schools, including Rutgers, Temple, Georgia, North Carolina State, South ...

PSU football: Franklin’s hope is to ‘save this season’

As the coronavirus casts a pall of uncertainty over the sports world, James Franklin is keeping an open mind on how the potential 2020 football season may take shape. “I’m a believer in science and listening to the experts,” he told a zoom call of Penn State reporters on Wednesday. ...

Big Ten football facing big questions

The Associated Press Less than four months before the scheduled kickoff of the college football season, not one of the 14 schools in the Big Ten Conference can say for sure it will have students back on campus this fall — a crucial step for sports. Uncertainty about how the coronavirus ...

It’s a fun time revisiting Penn State football’s finest hour

With live sports on hold due to the coronavirus, many media outlets, including the Mirror, are digging into their archives to provide meaningful content and filling up newspaper pages and TV time slots. Penn State fans got a treat the other night when NBCSN (NBC Sports Network) replayed the ...

Sports at a glance

No Big Ten until June 1 The Big Ten Conference has announced it will extend the suspension of organized team activities through June 1 and re-evaluate then. The conference previously announced a moratorium on all on- and off-campus recruiting activities. No date for that to end has been ...

PSU football gets heralded recruits

From Mirror reports Penn State added four-star quarterback Christian Veilleux to its list of 2021 commitment class Wednesday afternoon. The Canada native, who will play his senior season of high school at The Bullis School in Maryland, is a 6-foot-3-inch quarterback. He picked the Nittany ...

No lawsuit against PSU’s Franklin, others

From Mirror reports A lawsuit filed by a former Penn State team doctor against Nittany Lion coach James Franklin, two athletic directors and the university was dismissed Wednesday. Dr. Scott Lynch missed the 180-day deadline by three days in filing a whistleblower suit alleging he was fired ...

Three more Nits selected

From Mirror reports UNIVERSITY PARK — Three more Penn State football players were selected in the NFL draft on Saturday to bring the total to five picked in the 2020 three-day event. Penn State cornerback John Reid went in the fourth round, 141st overall, to the Houston Texans), ...

Two Nittany Lions picked in round 2

The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers continued to address their defensive needs on day two of the NFL draft, selecting Yetur Gross-Matos from Penn State with the sixth pick in the second round Friday night. The 6-foot-5, 266-pound Gross-Matos had 35 tackles for a ...

Lions still release depth chart for season

Penn State didn’t get to play its annual Blue-White Game as scheduled Saturday because of the coronavirus, but the football program did release a spring depth chart. Actually, it released two depth charts within a span of a few hours, with the second providing two big changes. On the ...

Hockey program honored

From Mirror reports UNIVERSITY PARK — Senior Nate Sucese and junior Cole Hults recently became Penn State’s first-ever All-Americans for the school’s ice hockey program. Sucese and Hults landed on the Second-Team West. Sucese, who inked a one-year, entry-level contract with the ...

Ex-PSU WR ready for Brady

The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — Chris Godwin isn’t making any bold predictions about what’s on the horizon for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Pro Bowl receiver is excited about the signing of Tom Brady and eager to begin working with the six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback. ...

Seasonal honors for PSU Altoona

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference recently released its All-Sportsmanship teams for winter and spring sports and Penn State Altoona had several recipients. Between winter and spring sports, a total of nine Penn State Altoona student-athletes were selected as representatives to ...

Smith can relate to three levels

What’s the difference between high school football, college and the NFL from a pure, altruistic standpoint? Penn State assistant coach Terry Smith tackled that subject and gave some interesting insight during a video call with reporters Wednesday morning. Smith once was head coach at ...

Penn State men adding high-scoring guard from upstate NY

From Mirror reports UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State men’s basketball coach Patrick Chambers announced the addition of 6-0, 190-lb guard Sam Sessoms to the Nittany Lion roster on Wednesday. A high-scoring guard, Sessoms, from Philadelphia, is transferring after two seasons at Division I ...

Brown big part of stacked backfield

Journey Brown looked like one of the best running backs in the country the last time Penn State took the field, obliterating Memphis’ defense for a PSU-bowl record 202 yards rushing in the Cotton Bowl. Brown’s best highlight that day in Dallas has been described as “beast mode,” as he ...

Big-time recruits landed: Twins among four 2021 commitments

Penn State has enjoyed a banner couple of days on the recruiting front, getting commitments from four players for the class of 2021. Three of the four players are four-star recruits, while the other is a three-star recruit. Perhaps even more interesting than even the recruiting rankings is ...

New OC will play chef with offense

Penn State will have a new offense under Kirk Ciarrocca, and here’s what it will not be: n It will not be Joe Moorhead’s offense. n It will not be Ricky Rahne’s offense. n It will not be Minnesota’s offense. Ciarrocca will try to “blend” components of all those systems ...