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Tweets turn off Lions assistant

Few college football staffs in the country are as active on Twitter as the Penn State coaches, and one Nittany Lion coach made national news Wednesday for a strong message he wrote on the social media site.Offensive line coach Herb Hand sent out a tweet that became a hot topic when he wrote: ...

Coach is ‘comfortable’

CHICAGO - James Franklin fielded about 100 questions Tuesday, most of which were serious while two were downright silly.Coaches sit at tables spread out across a ballroom for two hours on the second day of Big Ten media days, with reporters from around the conference popping in and out to ask ...

Franklin ready for family reunion

CHICAGO - I have 2-year-old twins, and it's been emotionally difficult being away from them for a mere three days covering Big Ten football in the Windy City.James Franklin has been living apart from his wife and two daughters for seven months, which would be a nightmare for just about any ...

Running back matures, ready for big year

CHICAGO - Bill Belton admits he needed to grow up, to work harder, to not feel entitled.College football players who don't learn those lessons and try to rely solely on their talent usually fizzle out fast. And there is a long, long list of such players.Belton wasn't going to be one of those ...

Additions may be rivals

CHICAGO - The addition of Rutgers and Maryland to the Big Ten were a major focus at Monday's conference media days, and the Penn State camp believes those teams will be good rivals for years to come.The Nittany Lions will get to see Rutgers early this season as they travel there for a night ...

New PSU AD has solid hoop history

CHICAGO - One of the best things about new Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour - if you're a basketball fan - is that she has a lot of experience working at schools where basketball actually matters.Fingers crossed that she can have a big impact in helping that finally be the case at ...

Giger: Barbour odd choice for PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK - It's just a bizarre hire. A major head-scratcher in so many ways.Whether it will turn out to be good or bad, nobody knows at this point. That will take years to find out.Sandy Barbour was forced out a month ago as Cal's athletic director. They called it a resignation and ...

Franklin eager to get to know new athletic director

UNIVERSITY PARK - Football coach James Franklin had no input on Penn State's decision to hire Sandy Barbour as the new athletic director, but he said he has "tremendous faith and excitement moving forward" with his new boss.The poor graduation rate of the Cal football program during Barbour's ...

Penn State makes surprise hire as new AD

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Penn State made a surprising hire Saturday in naming Sandy Barbour as its new athletic director.Barbour was forced out as AD at California in June after 10 years on the job there. She left with the school's athletic department facing several major issues, according to ...

Penn St. reveals a ‘depth chart’

Penn State released something that looks similar to a depth chart Thursday night, but it doesn't actually reveal any answers about the Nittany Lions' depth entering preseason camp.The depth chart is broken down based entirely on seniority at every position, with upperclassmen listed first ...

Nittany Lions add wideout Charles to ’15 class

Penn State got closer to completing its 2015 football recruiting class on Saturday.The Nittany Lions also got a jump on 2016.New Jersey rising senior receiver Irvin Charles and Woodland Hills junior-to-be running back Miles Sanders both gave verbal commitments while at Penn State, which had a ...

PSU WR Lewis ‘excited for season’

UNIVERSITY PARK - When Geno Lewis arrived at Penn State in 2012, Allen Robinson took him under his wing and served as his mentor.At the time, no one knew Robinson was about to explode, since he had caught only three passes the year before as a freshman. Then A-Rob set a school record with 77 ...

Healthy Hull matters greatly for PSU football team

UNIVERSITY PARK - Mike Hull couldn't give his full focus to making big plays last year, not after suffering a knee injury in the opener and dealing with it all season."There's a point where you're just out there trying to survive rather than play your best and focus on what's ahead of you," ...

Helmet number rumor causes stir

The possibility of Penn State's helmets featuring numbers on the sides popped up Monday when a Nittany Lion player posted a picture on Instagram of a helmet with the number 24 on it.Coach James Franklin squashed the rumor late Monday night, though, when he told statecollege.com that the helmet ...

James expects big year

UNIVERSITY PARK - He's affectionally called a freak, which is appropriate when considering his immense size, strength and athletic ability.Penn State tight end Jesse James is a tremendous physical specimen at 6-foot-7 and a chiseled 272 pounds. He's also incredibly strong, bench pressing 225 ...

Injured Dieffenbach hoping to play this season

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State's offensive line suffered a major blow in the spring when guard Miles Dieffenbach went down with a knee injury, but he said Saturday he hopes to come back and play near the end of his senior season."Knee's feeling really good, and I'm definitely hopeful to get ready ...

PSU tackle Smith on preseason list

UNIVERSITY PARK - The Outland Trophy is awarded to the nation's top interior lineman, and Penn State junior left tackle Donovan Smith earned a spot on the award's 64-person preseason watch list entering the 2014 campaign.Smith enters his junior campaign as one of the Nittany Lions' most ...

James honored by magazine

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State tight end Jesse James has been selected preseason All-Big Ten by Sporting News, which selected one all-conference team.James enters his junior campaign as the team's leading returnee in receptions and receiving yards. The former South Allegheny High School standout ...

Hackenberg, Lucas on preseason lists

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg and junior cornerback Jordan Lucas were selected to the Maxwell Award and Bednarik Award Watch Lists, respectively, presented by the Maxwell Football Club.Penn State is tied for the national lead among all colleges and ...

Corbett denies ever condemning Paterno

HARRISBURG - Gov. Tom Corbett said Thursday he has never condemned the late Penn State coach Joe Paterno for his actions regarding now-convicted child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky, and he "never will," citing what he called the "unusual circumstances" surrounding what happened.The Republican ...