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Penn State hires new offensive line coach

Penn State has hired Boston College offensive line coach Phil Trautwein to fill the same position on the Nittany Lion staff. Trautwein’s name emerged as a leading candidate early Friday in a report by Yahoo Sports, and PSU announced the hiring later in the evening. He replaces Matt ...

Moorhead fired by MSU

Mississippi State fired Joe Moorhead after just two seasons Friday, making the unusual decision to dismiss a coach after a bowl game. The Bulldogs went 14-12 under Moorhead, who was previously the offensive coordinator at Penn State. He was hired after the 2017 season when Dan Mullen left ...

Hamler heading to NFL

KJ Hamler wasn’t just Penn State’s best wide receiver the past two seasons, his production dwarfed that of every other wideout on the squad. The Nittany Lions could have a difficult time replacing Hamler, who on Tuesday night announced that he’s giving up his final two years of college ...

Limegrover won’t return at PSU

Penn State is looking for a new offensive line coach after announcing Tuesday that Matt Limegrover’s contract will not be renewed. Limegrover spent the past four seasons with the Nittany Lions after joining the program from Minnesota. “We appreciate all of Matt’s contributions to our ...

Watkins leads Nittany Lions

UNIVERSITY PARK — The smile on Mike Watkins’ face was nearly as large as the slam dunk Penn State’s big man had just thrown down. Watkins capped off the nonconference schedule with another highlight-worthy dunk — a powerful first-half alley-oop — and had 19 points and 10 rebounds ...

Running away with it: Brown’s 202 yards carries Lions to win

DALLAS — Penn State ran all over Memphis in a wild and wacky Deep South shootout at the Cotton Bowl. Journey Brown, who once ran for a staggering 722 yards in a high school game, gashed the Tigers’ defense with the biggest rushing effort in PSU bowl history. Brown’s journey to the ...

Penn State puts bow on year, ‘trending up’

DALLAS — After the Gatorade dousing of James Franklin and all the colorful confetti had fallen to celebrate Penn State’s 53-39 Cotton Bowl victory over Memphis, the Nittany Lions staged a mini-dance party in their locker room. Yes, they regretted the two losses this season, especially at ...

PSU-Memphis highlights, lowlights

DALLAS — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 53-39 victory over Memphis on Saturday in the Cotton Bowl game at AT&T Stadium: Play of the game: On third-and-8 from the Memphis 24, Micah Parsons pressured Memphis quarterback Brady White, whose attempt at a flip ...

Penn State-Memphis notebook

Parsons sensational for PSU DALLAS — The scary thing, for Penn State opponents, is that Micah Parsons can only get better. The consensus first-team All-American put on a show in Saturday’s Cotton Bowl, making one big play after another and dominating about as much as a linebacker ...

Memphis has impressive showing in defeat

DALLAS — How about a tip of the cap — or cowboy hat given where the game was played — to the Memphis Tigers. To be honest, I thought they were on the verge of getting blown out. Memphis started out well, but once Penn State figured out it could run at will and grabbed a 28-13 lead, ...

PSU scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER Memphis 3, Penn State 0: The Tigers moved right down the field on their first possession, ignited by a 40-yard pass play from Brady White to Damonte Coxie to the PSU 48. A 15-yard run by Patrick Taylor Jr. moved them to the PSU 20. But LB Micah Parsons blew up the next play for ...

Keep your head in the game: Lions will need right mindset against Memphis

DALLAS — The bowl season, especially the non-College Football Playoff games, can be littered with duds. Witness the 14-0 (lack of) effort Miami — the U, not of Ohio — mailed in during Thursday’s Independence Bowl loss to Louisana Tech that resulted in the Hurricanes’ offensive ...

Nittany Lions in familiar situation for Cotton Bowl

DALLAS — Five things to look for as Penn State plays in its third New Year’s Six bowl game in four years against a Memphis team looking to make a big splash against a marquee opponent. No. 1: Strength vs. strength Penn State has an excellent defense. Memphis has an excellent offense. ...

Barbour talking shop

DALLAS — Major renovations to Beaver Stadium are still “years away,” Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said Friday, but the athletic department is committed to keeping up with the Joneses when it comes to spending on sports programs. Barbour addressed numerous topics during her ...

PSU hires new OC

James Franklin found another Pennsylvania boy with a Penn State heart to be the Nittany Lions’ new offensive coordinator. Franklin hired Kirk Ciarrocca away from Minnesota, where he had been offensive coordinator the past three seasons. Ciarrocca has a wealth of experience at the position, ...

Coordinator needs freedom to make changes

This is exactly the kind of hire James Franklin should have made for the offensive coordinator job. The key word there is “kind.” I cannot sit here and tell you Kirk Ciarrocca is a home run hire who will do Joe Moorhead type of things for Penn State’s offense. No one can predict the ...

Lions claim seven titles during Wilkes Open

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team (3-1, 0-0 B1G) sent 22 wrestlers, both attached and unattached, to the Wilkes Open in Wilkes-Barre on Sunday. The Lions came away with seven titles at the open tournament. The tourney was not a team scoring event. Penn State had ...

Lady Lions close non-conference on top

UNIVERSITY PARK — A full-team effort and balanced offensive attack led the Penn State women’s basketball team to a dominant 88-65 win over Sacred Heart Sunday in the Lady Lions’ non-conference finale at the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State got out to a fast 17-0 start and never looked ...

QB Clifford healthy again for bowl game

UNIVERSITY PARK — The grind of taking hit after hit finally got to quarterback Sean Clifford at the end of the regular season, but he should be back to 100 percent when Penn State plays Memphis in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday. “I feel good,” Clifford said Friday. “Definitely near the ...