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Hackenberg excited for Nittany Lions’ future

Christian Hackenberg loves Penn State. Unconditionally, and even when the conditions haven't been so great.Severe NCAA sanctions didn't scare the star quarterback away as a high school recruit. A coaching change after his freshman season didn't do it either."After you finally get up on campus ...

Nittany Lions lose recruit Holley

Penn State football fans worried that James Franklin would run out of scholarships for 2014 have an extra one to work with today.However, they'd have preferred to get it another way.Thomas Holley, the New York City defensive tackle, switched his verbal commitment from the Nittany Lions on ...

PSU football assistants at 7 now

Red tape usually gets in the way of finding out information, but it actually helped with regards to Penn State fans trying to find out which assistant coaches will be on James Franklin's staff.Franklin hasn't announced any hires yet, but Penn State's official online directory of students and ...

Johnson named assistant head coach at Ohio State

Larry Johnson not only will be Ohio State's new defensive line coach, he also has been named an assistant head coach for the Buckeyes. Johnson spent 18 years at Penn State but decided not to accept an offer from James Franklin to remain on the staff.Former PSU linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden ...

Penn St. players spearhead national team

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands - Penn State women's soccer freshman Brittany Basinger scored the third goal of the game and sophomore Mallory Weber added goals eight and nine on Monday night as the U.S. U-20 National Team defeated Guatemala, 10-0, to complete a perfect run through Group A play in ...

Penn State players wish Johnson well

The last few weeks have been "a little crazy" for Penn State's players, but then again, they're used to that.Things took another unusual turn Tuesday when news broke that longtime defensive line coach Larry Johnson will be going to Ohio State to fill the same role.Johnson's departure had ...

O’Brien regrets ‘Paterno people’ comments

Former Penn State coach Bill O'Brien talked about his well-publicized "Paterno people" comments Tuesday and said he regrets making those remarks, plus he spoke for the first time about his successor with the Nittany Lions.O'Brien, a guest on ESPN's "Mike & Mike," opened up about several ...

Lions land Vanderbilt commit

For the third time in three days, the Penn State football team has gotten a verbal commitment from James Franklin's old school, Vanderbilt.On Monday night, Brendan Brosnan announced that he was swtiching his commitment from the Commodores to the Nittany Lions. Brosnan is a 6-foot-6, 274-pound ...

PSU loses top recruit

Penn State football fans worried that James Franklin would run out of scholarships for 2014 have an extra one to work with today.However, they'd have preferred to get it another way.Thomas Holley, the New York City defensive tackle, switched his verbal commitment from the Nittany Lions on ...

Johnson leaving Penn State

Larry Johnson has been one of the most valuable assistant coaches in the country for many years, but his tenure at Penn State is now over - by his choice.Johnson was offered a chance to stay on as defensive line coach by new head coach James Franklin, but Johnson decided to turn down the offer. ...

Report: Larry Johnson taking job at Ohio State

Longtime Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson will take over the same job at Big Ten rival Ohio State, according to a Sports Illustrated report today.Johnson, who spent 18 years as a coach at Penn State, was the interim head coach during the recent coaching change from Bill O'Brien to ...

Franklin a busy, visible coach so far

James Franklin has been a very busy guy his first two days on the job as Penn State's football coach, and Sunday evening he got a chance to make a first impression with the players on his new team.Franklin held his first squad meeting, and all returning players were present, including ...

Commentary: Franklin confident he’ll link past, future

UNIVERSITY PARK - James Franklin is 1-0.New coaches, especially in high-profile jobs like Penn State, know it's important to win the introductory press conference, and Franklin delivered a decisive performance Saturday before a packed Beaver Stadium media room.He was dynamic, well-spoken, ...

New coach plans to dominate recruiting

There was one word that dominated new Penn State football coach James Franklin's comments when he discussed his recruiting plans with the media at Beaver Stadium on Saturday afternoon.That word was "dominate.""Our recruiting philosophy, we are going to dominate the state. We are going to ...

Franklin’s deal worth $25.5 million

UNIVERSITY PARK - James Franklin will be making a lot of money at Penn State - much more than Bill O'Brien made - but relatively speaking, it will not cost him a lot to buy out his contract if he decides to leave the job.Franklin received a six-year contract that will make him one of the top 10 ...

Franklin’s new coaching staff could have PSU flavor

University PARK - James Franklin is expected to field a 2014 Penn State coaching staff that has a strong 2013 Vanderbilt flavor, but the door seems open, though, for there to be a few faces familiar to Nittany Lion fans returning.At the top of that list are defensive line coach Larry Johnson ...

PSU men’s basketball team loses again

UNIVERSITY?PARK - Penn State nearly went from a distracted disappointment to a delightful diversion in the span of three days.But playing again without fifth-year senior point guard Tim Frazier in the final minute, the Nittany Lions dropped a 79-76 Big 10 men's basketball game to the Indiana ...

Giger: Who is James Franklin, and what can PSU fans expect from him

Who is James Franklin, how did he get to this point in his career and what makes him a good fit for the Penn State job?Franklin is expected to be introduced Saturday as the Nittany Lions' 16th head coach, and the one thing most people know about him is that he had success at Vanderbilt. Since ...

Franklin officially announced as Penn State’s new football coach

Penn State made it official this morning, announcing that James Franklin is the Nittany Lions' new football coach.Penn State's compensation committee unanimously approved Franklin's contract around 9 a.m., and at 9:06 the school released a statement confirming the hire. At the same time, ...