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Neil Rudel’s Commentary

Middle LB 1 of 2 top priorities

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com Shaking out the notebook (yes, I still use one) from Penn State football media day: Linebacker U James Franklin’s top priority is replacing punter-kickoff man Jordan Stout, who was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round. His second ...

Clifford needs to prove he’s worthy of trust

When Sean Clifford decided to come back for a sixth season at Penn State, it seemed like a good idea both for the Nittany Lions and for him. He’s not viewed as a high-round NFL prospect, and his experience — he’s started 33 games — would presumably give the Lions their best chance to ...

Expansion leaves a green footprint

Of the Big Ten’s five expansions over the last 70 years — Michigan State in 1950, Penn State in 1990, Nebraska in 2011, Maryland and Rutgers in 2014 — Thursday’s blockbuster announcement that Southern Cal and UCLA would join the league starting in 2024 is the biggest. It converts the ...

Is Franklin’s stance falling on deaf ears?

UNIVERSITY PARK — Without mentioning names — hint, hint — there have been some former Penn State football coaches known to snap at the media every now and then. James Franklin, for the most part, hasn’t been one of them. In fact, at least in the press conferences I’ve attended ...

NCAA must manage NIL — and fast

Some recent news items in sports worthy of comment while praying for the families in Texas and wishing our nation’s leaders can better protect our children: ITEM: NIL hits home. Pitt standout receiver Jordan Addison, the 2021 recipient of the Fred Biletnikoff award, has officially ...

Pinegar aims to finish career ‘right way’

UNIVERSITY PARK — In an age where too many college athletes respond to adversity by racing to the transfer portal, may I present Jake Pinegar. Penn State’s placekicker for the better part of three years (2018-20), Pinegar was beaten out by Jordan Stout in 2021 and forced to watch ...