Penn State

Roll out the red carpet for this year’s mat squad

UNIVERSITY PARK — As the curtain is about to go up on another Penn State wrestling season, the goals remain the same — only the actors will be slightly different. The Nittany Lions start the season ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll as the winners of the last three NCAA ...

Franklin sees value in world knowledge

UNIVERSITY PARK — Football is not the be all, end all in life, and James Franklin made it clear Tuesday afternoon that he wants to make sure his players have a well-rounded understanding of what’s going on in the world. Around that same time, 600 miles away, South Carolina coach Will ...

Big trouble, no answers for Franklin

So, what are we to make of this mess? Penn State got destroyed Saturday at Michigan. It has lost to all three of its top challengers in the Big Ten East, two at home. The offense went from awesome to awful in the blink of an eye. Trace McSorley is clearly hurt, which is hurting the ...

Penn State’s offense fails as Michigan routs Lions

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The annihilation in Ann Arbor, take two, came as a shock to this Penn State football team — and to just about everyone else. It was stunning to watch a Penn State offense that’s been so prolific for the past two years be so awful against No. 5 Michigan Saturday ...

Embarrassment of riches back on mats

UNIVERSITY PARK — With Penn State Wrestling Media Day on tap Tuesday and the Nittany Lions’ season opener less than a week later, wrestling fans will recognize some familiar refrains. Penn State, winner of three straight NCAA championships and seven of the last eight, will start the ...

Growing pains evident within James Franklin’s coaching staff

For better or worse over its long history, but mostly for the better, Penn State football has been spoiled by the stability of its coaching staff. Even with Bill O’Brien’s two years, Penn State has only had four head coaches in the last 68 years. Of course, Joe Paterno’s 46-year ...

Franklin: McSorley is best college QB

UNIVERSITY PARK — There hasn’t been a shortage of nice things Penn State coach James Franklin has said about the team’s quarterback, Trace McSorley, this season. And why should there be for a man who has taken possession of a large number of Penn State’s records? The graduate ...

Much has happened since last PSU trip to Michigan

UNIVERSITY PARK — It’s hard to believe it’s been only two years, given everything that’s happened in the meantime, but pretty much everything was different the last time Penn State visited Michigan. You remember that game, right? Unless you’ve simply chosen to erase it from your ...

Penn State avoids home scare

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State played about as poorly as possible early against Iowa, then came the “Oh, no” moment in the opening moments of the second quarter. Trace McSorley, a tough son of a gun who has always taken a licking and kept on ticking, laid on the field injured. The most ...

Late ’60s teams laid foundation for Lions

The era that launched Joe Paterno and Penn State football to national prominence will be recognized at halftime today as the Nittany Lions of 1967-69 are staging a 50-year reunion. And make no mistake: The tradition of Beaver Stadium swelling to 107,000 started with these guys, who went ...