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Sanderson named to freestyle staff

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State coach Cael Sanderson and Iowa coach Tom Brands have been named as volunteer U.S. Freestyle World Team Coaches for the 2014 World Wrestling Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.The men's wrestling competition is Sept. 8-9.They will work with National Freestyle Coach ...

PSU-UCF scoring summary

FIRST QUARTERPenn State 7, UCF 0: The Lions punted on third-and-8 from their own 39, but a roughing-the-kicker call on UCF's Willie Mitchell gave them new life. On the next play, Christian Hackenberg connected with DaeSean Hamilton for a 44-yard strike down to the 2. Zach Zwinak appeared to ...

WRs leap into spotlight

DUBLIN - DaeSean Hamilton is a confident young man, as all college football players are, but even in his best-case scenario, he didn't envision having such a magnificent Penn State debut."To be honest, no," the receiver said with a big smile. "I was hoping I would go out there and make the ...

UCF coach waits until second half to switch QBs

DUBLIN - Coaches can help their team win a game with good decisions, but they also can cause their team lose with bad calls, and Central Florida's George O'Leary might have done the latter Saturday.O'Leary started redshirt freshman quarterback Pete DiNovo, who looked like a deer in headlights ...

Hack’s record day shows his value

DUBLIN - One of the best compliments any athlete in any sport can receive is that he always gives his team a chance to win.It's easy to say that about a star player on a good team, one who has talent around him at every position. It's different, though, when very little is working around the ...

Lions pull out victory in Ireland in Franklin’s debut

DUBLIN - James Franklin stood at midfield after the game and screamed to his team, "Get Ficken! Where's Ficken?"Five seconds later, the kicker started running toward Franklin."Ficken!" the coach screamed as he ran over and picked up his player. "I'm so happy for you, buddy!"For the past seven ...

UCF more than just Bortles

DUBLIN - Five things to look for as the James Franklin era begins at Penn State with an intriguing matchup overseas against Central Florida in the Croke Park Classic.No. 1. Experienced foeStar quarterback Blake Bortles is gone to the NFL, so Penn State should win this game. That seems to be the ...

Windy conditions could influence game

DUBLIN - Former Purdue coach Joe Tiller didn't invent the passing game, but he is often credited for helping modernize the Big Ten by bringing a good air attack to the conference.Tiller said a few years back that only one weather condition has a major impact on the passing game. It's not rain. ...

PSU wins thriller in Dublin as Hackenberg throws for 454

DUBLIN -- Christian Hackenberg set a school record with 454 passing yards, and he led Penn State's offense down the field in the final minute to set up Sam Ficken for a game-winning field goal.Ficken drilled a 36-yard field goal as time expired to give the Nittany Lions a 26-24 win over Central ...

Penn State players get chance at making memories in Ireland

DUBLIN - Penn State's players looked like fish out of water trying to play football Thursday. But don't worry, it wasn't our football.It was Ireland's version of football. An intriguing, highly entertaining game called Gaelic football that perhaps could best be described as soccer on ...

Franklin not bothered by Central Florida game

College football coaches all face the same opening-week dilemma: Do they want to play a tough opponent right out of the chute, or ease into the season with a soft opponent that's essentially a preseason type of game?James Franklin had no input on Penn State's opener this season since it was ...

Bowling in ’14 still not reality

The final year of Penn State's bowl ban could be lifted for next season, according to a published report Wednesday, but the school does not appear to have a good chance of going to a bowl game this season.The Nittany Lions have two years remaining on their four-year bowl ban levied in 2012. ...

Lion defender puts family as focus

UNIVERSITY PARK - The annual Blue-White game is traditionally one of the highlights of the Penn State community: the return to tailgating, a rowdy Beaver Stadium, and the thought that soon enough, football will be back.The players are amped to get back on that cherished field and tease the fans ...

Coachspeak with James Franklin­

A capsule look at James Franklin's weekly news conference:Opponent: Central FloridaKickoff: Saturday 8:30 a.m., Dublin, IrelandTV: ESPN2About the Knights: They went 12-1 last year and finished season ranked No. 10 after a Fiesta Bowl win over Baylor; only loss was to South Carolina; O'Leary won ...

Lions on ‘business trip’

UNIVERSITY PARK - James Franklin doesn't want anyone on the Penn State football team to lose sight of the most important thing about playing this week's opener in Ireland."For us, this is a business trip to go play a football game, no different than if we were playing at State College High ...

Nittany Lions adjust punt return

There's a big difference between a punt catcher and a punt returner.There have been frequent instances over the years when Penn State would send a defensive back deep to catch punts, and he not only wasn't much of a threat for a big return, he often would fair catch even with room to run.Think ...

Nittany Lions taking their time on depth chart

Penn State's opening-week depth chart was not released by press time Monday, and it appears the coaching staff is taking things down to the wire with some of the position battles.The starting tailback job between Bill Belton and Zach Zwinak is basically a 1 and 1A situation, offensive ...

Unusual week begins for PSU football

This is far from a typical game week for Penn State because of the trip to Ireland, but when things get back to normal, the team will have a different practice schedule under new coach James Franklin.The Nittany Lions traditionally have been off on Sundays and practiced on Mondays, but Franklin ...

PSU still on schedule

The Iceland volcano Bardarbunga began showing signs of erupting Saturday, but the Penn State football team has not changed its travel plans to Ireland for next week's season opener against Central Florida.Even scientists disagree about what is happening with Bardarbunga, which was upgraded ...

Passionate assistants thrilled for opportunity

You want to know one of the biggest reasons to be highly optimistic about the future of Penn State football?The assistant coaches.Why?They're hungry. And appreciative.This is the opportunity they've been waiting for their entire careers. After working their way up the coaching ladder, most at ...