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Neil Rudel

Purdue coach airs out strategy, apologizes

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. --- Shaking out the cobwebs from a late night at Purdue: n There was highly questionable coaching strategy in the fourth quarter of Penn State’s 35-31 victory over the Boilermakers, and it didn’t involve James Franklin. In ...

PSU QB, defense clutch in the end

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — James Franklin called it a “character win,” and it’s tough to argue. On a season-opening night against a dangerous opponent with a great passing game, Penn State lost its momentum, then found a way when it mattered ...

For openers, a chance to restore confidence

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com There are no must-wins in Week 1, especially for a coach just a few months removed from a contract extension through 2031. But tonight, at Purdue (8 p.m., Fox), is a big game for James Franklin. Public confidence in him is not high. His body of ...

’Burg rises to meet the moment

Tonight Who: Hollidaysburg vs. Pearland, Texas When: 7 p.m. TV: ESPN At stake: Winner plays Thursday night against today’s Tennessee-Hawaii loser. By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com WILLIAMSPORT — We already know Hollidaysburg has made history by becoming the first team ...

Local team shines on grandest of stages

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com BRISTOL, Conn. — Hollidaysburg is advancing to the Little League World Series — a first for any Blair County team — and boy is it ever deserving. The little guys from the county seat punched their ticket Friday in decisive fashion by beating ...