Penn State

Franklin changed outlook, career with simple advice

UNIVERSITY PARK —James Franklin often talks about building strong personal relationships and connecting with his players that it can come as a surprise to know he wasn’t always like that as a coach. Penn State hosts Kent State this week, and Golden Flashes coach Sean Lewis, 32, is the ...

Pitt’s failures masked PSU’s troubled spots

Through two weeks, I still have no idea if Penn State is a really good football team. And the next two weeks won’t tell us much, either. We’re all just going to have to wait until Ohio State visits on Sept. 29 to find out. The Nittany Lions barely won their opener in overtime against ...

Pitt-iful

PITTSBURGH — A lot of people waited a long time for the return of the Penn State-Pitt rivalry. But after the humiliating debacle that unfolded Saturday night, the ending of this series renewal might not come quickly enough for many fans. The Nittany Lions played OK. Just OK. They made a lot ...

Panthers collapse on the biggest stage

PITTSBURGH — Pat Narduzzi entered the final scheduled home game between these two old eastern foes making no bones about the fact that the Penn State rivalry has extra meaning to his program. Maybe, in fact, it means too much. Pitt rolled out the most decorated of its incredibly ...

PSU defense needs to reverse trend

Through the last couple of seasons, during its rise from the post-sanctions era and establishment of James Franklin’s tenure to Big Ten champion and annual league contender, it’s become apparent that Penn State’s success is largely tied to having to score 40 points in order to ...

Rivalry or no, stakes high for No. 13 Penn State

PITTSBURGH (AP) — It took Pat Narduzzi three years to finally embrace the obvious. No more hiding behind coachspeak. No more cliches about treating all 12 of Pittsburgh’s opponents the same. It just doesn’t work that way when it comes to the Panthers and No. 13 Penn State. “Anybody ...

PSU’s Hamler leaves no doubt about his health

UNIVERSITY PARK — It was a story that needed more than a year to start unfolding, but when it did, Penn State wide receiver K.J. Hamler made every bit of it count in just the first chapter. After redshirting his freshman year to heal from a leg injury he suffered in high school, Hamler ...

Lions bond despite poor fourth

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State opened its season with a wildly-entertaining 45-38 overtime victory Saturday over Appalachian State that anyone who witnessed had to enjoy. Well, almost anyone. “I started the game at 46 years old,” James Franklin said afterward. “I ended it at ...

Lions avoid upset, escape with victory

UNIVERSITY PARK — Teams like Appalachian State make sports fun. And unpredictably zany. Eleven years to the day after pulling off one of the biggest upsets in college football history, the small school from the mountains of Boone, N.C., nearly shocked the football world again ...

PSU secondary not discouraged

UNIVERSITY PARK (AP) — As Appalachian State lined up to try and match his team’s touchdown in overtime Saturday, Penn State coach James Franklin bounded up and down the sideline, gesturing wildly for more than 105,000 fans to make noise. Franklin knew it would take everything for the No. ...