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Neil Rudel’s Commentary

Zordich will turn back the clock for Lions’ fan base

Penn State will honor its 1982 national championship team at halftime today, and for Mike Zordich, the timing couldn’t be better. Zordich is the defensive backs coach for today’s opponent, Central Michigan. Forty years ago, as a true freshman, the Youngstown native started three games ...

Do you agree with James Franklin’s stance on non-conference scheduling?

Auburn series, SEC foe benefit Lions’ program By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com The entire Nittany Nation seemed to love the two-year series with Auburn — the outcomes, the interaction with War Eagle fans and visiting their outstanding venue. Except, that is, the one person ...

Nittany Lions’ victory is reason to dance

James Franklin has seen too many coaches who live their lives in misery regardless of the outcome. That’s why he often says he and the Nittany Lions “are going to enjoy winning.” That was definitely the case Saturday as Penn State went into Auburn and came away with a convincing ...

Rudel’s Highs and Lows for Auburn

Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 41-12 victory over Auburn on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium: Play of the game: Leading 24-6, Nittany Lion safety Ji’Ayir Brown intercepted Auburn quarterback TJ Finley and returned it 27 yards (plus 15 more on a late hit out ...

Franklin not shying away from tough decisions

PSU at Auburn When Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Line: Auburn is 2.5-point underdog TV: CBS Radio: TOONA 1430-AM & 99.7-FM By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com It’s pretty obvious the last two seasons didn’t sit well with James Franklin. Nor should they. As the Nittany Lions ...

Through two games, what is your top concern for Penn State?

Defensive line needs to establish its presence By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com Penn State is averaging 40 points per game and has allowed just one touchdown in the last five quarters so today’s question is a bit of an exercise in splitting hairs. But even at 2-0 with a nice ...