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Cory Giger

Time at home now vital to PSU’s future

Penn State has a chance to enjoy a great football season this fall — if there actually is football — but a lot of what happens months from now on the field will depend on what the players do at home over the coming weeks and months. There’s no spring practice, no Blue-White Game, no ...

Giger: Sports may not return to normal for rest of year

This. Stinks. What we’re going through in this country because of the coronavirus is terrible, for tens of millions of people. And things still are expected to get worse before they get better. We're all looking for good news. For slivers of hope. For reasons to think that maybe some of ...

Pearl Washington’s shot changed my life, and I have no idea why

Today would have been the start of the magical two-day extravaganza of the first round of NCAA Tournament, the greatest sports event in our country. I love, love, love the tournament. Always have. But we won’t get to see it this year because the coronavirus has forced a nationwide shutdown ...

How to Flash forward: SFU will face future challenges

Judging a sports team or a coach can be a tricky thing. Like with anything in life, you pick the criteria you prefer and then make judgments based on that. Using one set of criteria, the good news is that a team or coach can look fantastic. Using other criteria, the bad news is that ...

Giger: Sports world sets leadership example by shutting it all down

Let’s try to catch our breath here. I mean, the world as we know it — particularly in sports — has been thrown into upheaval over the past 48 hours, as we’ve been hit with one knockout punch after another with cancelations because of the coronavirus pandemic. This thing has changed our ...

Giger: Tough to have confidence in PSU right now

UNIVERSITY PARK — Be honest: No matter how much you’ve enjoyed this Penn State season, no matter how excited you’ve been for the great possibilities, there’s always been that nagging voice in the back of your mind saying, “They’re gonna blow it.” That is incredibly unfair to the ...

Giger: Lions right ship in crucial game

UNIVERSITY PARK — Most coaches won’t admit publicly that one contest is a must-win game, even when it’s pretty obvious. Like the game Penn State played Saturday afternoon. “Was it a must win?” Patrick Chambers replied when asked. “I don’t believe in that. I believe there’s a ...

Giger: Bad week, bad signs for PSU basketball

UNIVERSITY PARK — There was a distinct sound of bricks being thrown at the basket as Penn State started Saturday’s game 0-for-12, and the end of the disappointing loss to Wisconsin brought about the sound of people starting to jump off the Nittany Lion bandwagon. Maybe that’s unfair — ...

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, ...

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 ...

Welcome back: PSU men return to top 25 for first time in 23 years

Remember 1996? That was a cool year. I graduated from college that year, so yeah, that seems like a long, long time ago. Way back in 1996, the Penn State men’s basketball team was ranked in The Associated Press Top 25. The Nittany Lions finished that season 21-7 and No. 18 in the ...

Giger: Fans should climb on PSU hoops bandwagon

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State absolutely has a great chance to make the NCAA Tournament this season. Yes, it’s true. Really. No, reeeaaallly. I know, I know, PSU hoops history has beaten down so many college basketball fans around here that you just simply will not let yourself believe ...

Giger: PSU benefits from Rahne’s departure

Old Dominion did Penn State a big favor, and gave Nittany Lion fans an early Christmas present. That may sound harsh, but let’s be clear about one thing: Losing offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne is addition by subtraction for Penn State’s offense. Rahne is a good guy. A family man. A ...

Giger: Facts simply don’t back up Penn State’s Rose Bowl snub

It takes just two words to explain Penn State getting snubbed for the Rose Bowl. 1. Bogus 2. Illinois This really isn’t complicated, and anyone who tells you otherwise is fooling themselves. That goes for the College Football Playoff selection committee, which botched this thing. It’s ...

PSU always relevant on the national stage

This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Penn State, and yet with a little bit of help, the Nittany Lions could be heading to the Rose Bowl. That’s certainly what you would call something to be thankful for. There are so many things that Penn State football fans can be thankful for, ...

Giger: Shorter in transfer portal bad look for Lions

The long and short of it is, Justin Shorter’s development and production at Penn State have been terribly disappointing. The how and why are debatable. Who’s to blame is debatable. What’s not debatable, though, is that Shorter is unhappy and apparently wants to leave Penn State. The ...

Moral victory doesn’t overshadow PSU’s poor play

Far be it for me or anybody else to tell you how to be a fan. You fan the way you want to fan. Be happy about whatever it is that makes you happy. Get upset about whatever it is that makes you upset. It doesn’t matter what other people think about your team. What YOU think about your ...

PSU defense must find ways to pressure OSU QB Fields

Penn State’s defense is not as good as everyone thought it was just a few weeks ago, which has been proven the past two games with the Nittany Lions looking inept at times against the pass. If PSU doesn’t fix that Saturday, it is going to get pounded by Ohio State. A painful reminder: The ...

Giger: Anti-social behavior: Death threats made to Clifford are appalling

We live in sad times, and there are reminders of that every single day. Now, I could go any one of 100 different directions with that setup. In this case, I’m going to stick to sports. Penn State football, specifically, and the troubling news that came out Tuesday. Nittany Lion quarterback ...