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Penn State reporting no positive cases

While some college football teams have reported double-figure results of players testing positive for the coronavirus, it’s been so far, so good for Penn State. Athletic Director Sandy Barbour met the media via Zoom on Wednesday and said of the 102 student-athletes tested upon their return ...

PSU’s Franklin paying big price this season

As the cloud of the coronavirus darkens the entire sports world with uncertainty, James Franklin is planning a major sacrifice. He confirmed earlier his week that he will coach the football season without his family in State College. In an interview with Bryant Gumbel of HBO Sports, ...

Sports at a glance

Light leaving PSU for IUP Tyrone graduate Denver Light, who was listed as a third-team linebacker for Penn State when the team released its spring depth chart, announced Tuesday on Twitter that he will transfer to IUP. “After a couple weeks in the portal I’ve decided to commit to ...

Kieger brings in 10 for her program

From Mirror reports UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State women’s basketball head coach Carolyn Kieger has announced the addition of five newcomers, two transfers and three incoming freshmen, who will join the Lady Lions ahead of the 2020-21 season. Niya Beverley will join the team after playing ...

PSU men invited to play in HOF invitational

From Mirror reports BROOKLYN, New York — The Penn State men’s basketball team will play Florida on Sunday, Dec. 13, at Barclays Center in the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational. The game between the Nittany Lions and Gators is part of a quadruple-header with Purdue vs. West Virginia, ...

Nittany Lions easing back into workouts

Penn State football players have been cleared by the university for voluntary workouts, and the key word is voluntary. Two of the team’s top players, linebacker Micah Parsons and tailback Noah Cain, were made available to the media via Zoom the last two days. Parsons is not yet back on ...

Three PSU stars up for Hall of Fame honor

From Mirror, wire reports Penn State football stars D.J. Dozier, Bobby Engram and Steve Wisniewski were selected on Tuesday as a part of the national ballot for the National Football Foundation’s College Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021. A total of 78 players and seven coaches from FBS are ...

Iowa fires assistant coach

The Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa athletic director Gary Barta gave a vote of confidence to longtime football coach Kirk Ferentz on Monday after deciding to cut ties with a strength coach accused of mistreating African American players. Ferentz has dealt seriously in addressing ...

PSU backup QB set to transfer

Penn State is losing one of its backup quarterbacks. Redshirt freshman Michael Johnson Jr. has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal, Lions 247 Sports is reporting. Johnson, a four-star prospect from Oregon, was in the running for the third-team spot, along with fellow redshirt frosh Ta’Quan ...

Hawkeyes voice their unity during coaching controversy

By Eric Olson The Associated Press Iowa players returned to campus Monday to prepare for voluntary workouts amid an uproar after former Hawkeyes alleged systemic racism and other mistreatment in the program, the team’s strength coach — Chris Doyle — was placed on administrative ...

PSU football reports Monday

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State football players are returning to campus Monday. The university announced Thursday night it will begin a phased approach to return to campus beginning with 75 players along with other student groups who may also require access to specialized ...

PSU players aim to ‘change culture’

The slaying of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, last week in Minneapolis by an armed white police officer has triggered raw emotions throughout the country. Including within the Penn State football community. James Franklin issued a passionate statement on Twitter over the weekend, ...

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 ...

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 ...