Penn State Rumors & News

  • Penn State returning to its former tradition of nameless jerseys

    CBS Sports "We come here today to say goodbye to the names on the back of Penn State's jerseys. Penn State announced on Thursday that the names, which the school started putting on the uniforms under Bill O'Brien in 2012 "in recognition of the players' resolve and dedication to the team" won't be returning..." July 16

  • Report: Jay Paterno stumped for job on Urban Meyer's Ohio State staff

    Fox Sports - College Football "Jay Paterno, Ohio State assistant? A letter has surfaced indicating Paterno, the son of the long-time Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, wrote to Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer last winter to express interest in a job on Meyer's staff. Here is what Paterno wrote, courtesy of..." July 14

  • Jim Haslett gets ‘best of both worlds’ with Penn State job

    Washington Post "After 24 straight seasons coaching professional football, Jim Haslett was ready to take a year off. The Redskins and their former defensive coordinator parted ways in December — the team described it as a mutual agreement — and Haslett planned to do things that a lifetime of coaching had made..." June 29

  • NCAA again defends handling of Sandusky "College sports' governing body has again defended its decision to penalize Pennsylvania State University after the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal. Sandusky's abuse of children "fell squarely within" its authority, the NCAA contended in a court filing this week, saying his crimes showed "a..." June 19

  • James Franklin happy at Penn State, not a 'mess' like prior jobs

    CBS Sports "Penn State had the same head football coach for nearly 50 years, but its subsequent full-time coach, Bill O'Brien, fell a few days short of even completing two full years with the Nittany Lions. Fans in State College want to know that James Franklin is planning to stick around, to which he..." June 09

  • Pennsylvania representative wants to name bridge after Joe Paterno

    CBS Sports "One Pennsylvania lawmaker believes the time is right to once again honor Joe Paterno -- and do so by naming a major state bridge after the legendary Penn State coach. reported Friday that state Rep. Michael Regan (R) plans to introduce a bill that would christen the Pennsylvania..." May 25

  • Penn State cornerback dismissed from team after arrest "Penn State cornerback Da’Quan Davis has been dismissed from the team by head coach James Franklin in the wake of the player’s May 9 arrest by university police on drug and underage drinking charges. According to Centre County Court documents filed last Monday, Davis, 20, of Rosedale, Md., was..." May 21

  • Penn State AD sees no culture problem, positive Paterno legacy "After being at the helm of Pennsylvania State University's athletic department for less than a year, Sandy Barbour says, "every week, every day, every month" she learns more about what she sees as the overwhelmingly positive impact of football coach Joe Paterno. And she's not talking about..." May 20

  • Penn State football's biggest recruiting challenge may be time

    The Patriot News "Penn State can recruit better players, but it cannot make them older, and that may be the Lions' biggest recruiting obstacle at the moment. Head coach James Franklin, along with volleyball coach Russ Rose, basketball coach Patrick Chambers, and wrestling coach Cael Sanderson, reignited the..." May 19

  • Stanford OL Kevin Reihner Officially Joins Penn State

    Black Shoe Diaries "In news that has long been known, former Stanford Cardinal offensive lineman Kevin Reihner is officially a Nittany Lion. Reihner, who graduated from Stanford in March, broke the news himself back in February, but could not be officially added to the PSU roster until the beginning of the first..." May 19

  • Jerry Sandusky’s latest appeal claims defense abandoned him in trial

    College Football Talk "The NCAA has shown a change of heart with regard to sanctions against Penn State over the past year or so. Perhaps former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky – currently serving a sentence for 30-to-60 years (essentially a life sentence) for sexually abusing 10 boys — is hoping the judicial system..." May 07

  • NCAA President Mark Emmert on Penn State: I could’ve handled things better

    College Football Talk "In what may be one of the biggest understatements of the year, NCAA President Mark Emmert says he could have handled the Penn State sanctions differently, at least when it comes to communication. Speaking at the Associated Press Sports Editors Sport Media Commissioners meetings in New York,..." April 23

  • Is Penn State's cost of attendance stipend a recruiting advantage?

    Sporting News - NCAAF "The winds of change are blowing in college sports, and Happy Valley appears to be the wind tunnel. Penn State will give student-athletes the largest stipend for incidental expenses among Big Ten schools, according to The stipend, known as “cost of attendance,” is to help with..." March 03

  • The Resilient Soul of Jerry Sandusky's Son

    Bleacher Report "I am staring at Matt Sandusky. Matt Sandusky is staring at me. Holding grapes. Plastic grapes. As Sandusky gazes my way, the faux produce twirls beneath the fleshy fingers of his right hand, an odd vision when one takes into account the man's size (approximately 6'0", 215 lbs) and..." March 03

  • Report: Tom Bradley 'close to being hired' as UCLA defensive coordinator

    Yahoo! Sports "Tom Bradley, the longtime Penn State defensive coordinator, could be headed to the west coast. According to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, Bradley, who spent the 2014 as an assistant at West Virginia, is “close to being hired” as the new defensive coordinator at UCLA. If the hire comes to fruition,..." February 19

  • Report: Penn State considered Bill Parcells to clean up Paterno's mess

    Fox Sports - College Football "Can you envision Bill Parcells roaming the sidelines in State College, trying to lead Penn State football out of the dark days of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and into an era of newfound light? Apparently it was considered in some corners of the university. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio..." February 18

  • Former Penn State QB O'Connor commits to playing for UBC

    TSN "University of British Columbia has landed a big transfer. Former Penn State QB and Ottawa native Michael O’Connor has committed to the Thunderbirds for the upcoming season." February 13

  • Penn State has B1G bowl revenues restored

    College Football Talk "First Penn State saw its bowl ban rescinded ahead of schedule. Now the same can be said of its conference bowl revenue as well. In a press release Thursday morning, Penn State announced that the Big Ten’s Council of Presidents/Chancellors has decided to restore the school’s share of the..." February 12

  • Penn State adds pledge from Stanford lineman, expected grad transfer, Kevin Reihner

    The Patriot News "Penn State's 2015 roster got bigger Tuesday night. Literally and figuratively. The Lions picked up their second commitment of the day on the eve of National Signing Day 2015 late Tuesday, as Scranton, Pa., native and current Stanford offensive lineman Kevin Reihner announced his intentions to..." February 04

  • Penn State projected up to 84 scholarship players in 2015

    College Football Talk "When Penn State was slammed with a significant reduction in scholarships in 2011 it was expected to take about a decade before Penn State could get back to full strength, if it ever did. Times have changed rather quickly for Penn State’s football program as the NCAA has scaled back and rescinded..." February 03

  • Just like Paterno, Bobby Bowden wants his wins back, too.

    Orlando Sentinel "After the NCAA's unthinkable decision to restore Joe Paterno's 111 victories that were rightfully stripped away during the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, Bobby Bowden says he'd like to have his 12 vacated victories back as well. "I'm all for Joe getting his hundred wins back and me..." January 20

  • Easing of Penn State sanctions leaves USC feeling ‘abused and upset’

    College Football Talk "One institution’s gain is, as it turns out, a dagger plunged further into another’s heart, at least on an emotional level. Friday brought word that the NCAA will return the 112 wins Penn State had stripped in the wake of the scandal involving Jerry Sandusky, the former Nittany Lions assistant..." January 19

  • The big picture on Joe Paterno, $60 million and Penn State

    Fox Sports - College Football "Imagine that you were sexually assaulted by a man you trusted (take your pick: coach, father, priest, rabbi, uncle, and the list goes on) when you were 10 years old. I know that for one in four of the women and one in six of the men that is simply a fact, but for the rest of you, imagine it for a..." January 19

  • NCAA proposes Paterno's wins be restored in Sandusky suit settlement

    Fox Sports "Penn State's football team would get back 112 wins wiped out during the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal and the late Joe Paterno would be restored as the winningest coach in major college football history under a proposed agreement announced Friday. The NCAA announced the proposed deal..." January 17

  • Did Penn State really face the death penalty?

    USA Today "As a lawsuit against the NCAA in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State winds its way toward trial, depositions in the case have prompted questions over the validity of NCAA president Mark Emmert's threat that a committee of university presidents was in favor of shutting down Penn..." January 16

  • NCAA said to reconsider sanctions against Paterno, Penn State "The NCAA, state officials and Pennsylvania State University are in talks to reconsider the historic punishment on the school in the wake of the Sandusky sex-abuse scandal, a step that could include restoring the 111 wins stripped from coach Joe Paterno's record, according to people familiar with..." January 13

  • Penn State's Jesse James to enter NFL draft

    Lancaster Online "Penn State junior tight end Jesse James will bypass his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft, the college announced Monday. The 2014 All-Big Ten honorable mention selection started every game the past two seasons and 31 in his career. "After serious consideration and much..." January 06

  • Penn State OL Donovan Smith to declare for draft

    ESPN "Penn State’s most experienced offensive lineman, left tackle Donovan Smith, has decided to declare early for the NFL draft. The 6-foot-5, 340-pound redshirt junior started 31 career games and was the line’s only returning starter in 2014. He graduated earlier this month. “After achieving..." December 30

  • Gamecocks await decision of QB prospect Brandon McIlwain

    The Post and Courier "South Carolina won't have to wait much longer to learn if it's won the recruiting battle for junior quarterback Brandon McIlwain of Newtown, Pa. McIlwain said he has made his decision and will announce it on Wednesday. McIlwain's final four schools were USC, Penn State, Auburn and..." December 29

  • James Franklin preaches patience; long-term plan in place at Penn State

    USA Today "As the number of healthy bodies dwindled and the challenge for James Franklin became clearer in his first season at Penn State, there was an undeniable temptation to sacrifice the long-term plan for immediate relief. Franklin, after all, learned Sept. 9 that the NCAA had rescinded its..." December 24

  • Former 4-star QB Michael O'Connor transferring from Penn State

    CBS Sports "Penn State freshman quarterback Michael O'Connor will seek a transfer from the program, the school announced on Thursday. "We thank Michael for his contributions to the program and wish him well in his future academic and athletic endeavors," coach James Franklin said in a school-released..." December 12

  • Keiser rejoins team, and more from PSU practice "After spending more than three weeks at Hershey Medical Center, one of Penn State's senior leaders has finally rejoined the team. "It was great. I haven't seen him in a while," coach James Franklin said of safety Ryan Keiser, who broke his rib and required multiple surgeries after a freak..." November 20

  • Report: Penn State nearly received the death penalty

    College Football Talk "When news of the Penn State scandal involving former coach Jerry Sandusky broke, conversations raged over the possibility of the Nittany Lions football program potentially receiving the “death penalty” due to the severity of the allegations. A Pennsylvania state court ordered the NCAA to turn..." November 15

  • Penn State OL Donovan Smith back at practice

    College Football Talk "Penn State’s offensive line has been a troubling concern for much of the season, so news out of practice on Wednesday evening should come as some encouragement for Penn State fans. Left tackle Donovan Smith is reportedly back at practice at his normal spot on the line. It looks optimistic Smith..." November 13

  • Emails show NCAA questioned right to sanction Penn State

    CBS Sports "The NCAA attempted to bluff Penn State into accepting severe sanctions in 2012 due to the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, according to internal emails recently released in a court case. The internal emails between high-ranking NCAA officials, first reported by Onward State, show that..." November 05

  • Penn State loses a pair of seniors to season-ending injuries

    College Football Talk "Careers came to an abrupt and cruel end for two Penn State seniors this week, as head coach James Franklin announced on Monday. Senior safety Ryan Keiser, a team captain, was lost for the year with an unspecified injury suffered during practice on Thursday, while senior running back Zack Zwinak..." October 28

  • Big Ten admits Ohio State should have been penalized on controversial field goal

    College Football Talk "I don’t know if Penn State head coach James Franklin has a dog, but if he does it undoubtedly got an earful about Big Ten officials last night. The Big Ten already admitted technical issues were to blame in Vonn Bell‘s interception that wasn’t but still somehow was. Now the league has said..." October 27

  • NCAA removes Pa. governor from lawsuit over PSU fine

    College Football Talk "The NCAA continues to move forward with a lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania over the distribution of fine money to be paid by Penn State. In doing so, the NCAA has removed Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale from the lawsuit. According to an..." October 22

  • Penn State fans plan ‘Joe-out’ for UMass game Saturday

    Centre Daily Times "Roll up the cuffs on your khaki pants. Put on your dark glasses. Tie on your black shoes. There’s going to be a “Joe-out.” Wait, what’s a Joe-out? Laurie Anne Stannell, a fourth-generation Penn State grad, wanted to see something happen to show support for late former head coach Joe Paterno...." September 16

  • Daiquan Kelly flips commitment from Syracuse to Penn State

    SI - College Football "Three-star athlete Daiquan Kelly, who was played on both sides of the ball at Union City (N.J.) High, announced on Twitter on Sunday that he has flipped his verbal commitment from Syracuse to Penn State. Kelly also drew scholarship offers from Michigan State, Virginia and Rutgers, among other..." September 16

  • Rutgers AD Julie Hermann issues apology to Penn State for 'regrettable actions' of some fans

    Newark Star-Ledger "Rutgers athletics director Julie Hermann apologized to Penn State AD Sandy Barbour for what she called "regrettable actions of a handful of Rutgers fans'' who had offensive signage and t-shirts related to the Jerry Sandusky pedophile case that created a firestorm on the State College, Pa., campus..." September 15

  • Penn State eligible for votes in Amway Coaches Poll

    USA Today "Penn State will be eligible once again for votes in the weekly Amway Coaches Poll, the American Football Coaches Association announced Friday. The decision follows Monday's announcement that the NCAA has restored Penn State's postseason eligibility immediately and will allow it to return to a..." September 14

  • Penn State eligible for votes in Amway Coaches Poll

    USA Today "Penn State will be eligible once again for votes in the weekly Amway Coaches Poll, the American Football Coaches Association announced Friday. The decision follows Monday's announcement that the NCAA has restored Penn State's postseason eligibility immediately and will allow it to return to a..." September 12

  • Veteran AFC scout calls PSU's Christian Hackenberg 'the top QB in college football'

    The Patriot News "Penn State sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg is not eligible for the 2015 NFL draft. If Hackenberg came out early, after his junior year, he could enter the 2016 draft. But if Hackenberg was part of the 2015 draft class, one AFC team would likely make a strong push for him ... very..." September 10

  • Nittany Lions fans, students celebrate

    ESPN "Happy Valley lived up to its name Monday night, as thousands of Penn State students converged to celebrate the football team's newfound bowl eligibility and the return of its scholarships. Students first gathered at the lawn of Old Main, the central administrative building, before running in..." September 09

  • Executive Committee restores Penn State football postseason, scholarships

    NCAA "Due to Penn State University’s significant progress toward ensuring its athletics department functions with integrity, the NCAA Executive Committee today eliminated the school’s postseason ban, effective immediately, and will return the full complement of football scholarships in 2015-16. The..." September 08

  • Penn State's $60 million fine will stay in Pennsylvania after NCAA withdraws from fight

    The Patriot News "The NCAA has filed court papers seeking to end its protracted fight against a 2013 state law requiring that $60 million in fine proceeds from Penn State are spent exclusively on child sex abuse issues within Pennsylvania. In documents made public Monday, the association - which initially wanted..." September 08

  • Bobby Bowden wants NCAA to give Joe Paterno's vacated wins back

    CBS Sports "Legendary coach Bobby Bowden appeared on the David Glenn Show, in North Carolina, this week to promote his new book, The Wisdom of Faith, and chat a little college football. Bowden talked about his family and experiences in coaching, but also had some thoughts on the NCAA vacating wins. Florida..." September 05

  • Volcano poses threat to Penn State-UCF game in Ireland

    CBS Sports "In my time watching college football I've seen games canceled or delayed due to weather, but this would be a first. Penn State and UCF are scheduled to begin their seasons Aug. 30 with a game in Ireland, but that game could be in jeopardy because of, get this: volcanoes. Yes, it seems that..." August 20

  • Christian Hackenberg named 1st sophomore captain PSU history

    ESPN "The season hasn’t yet started for Penn State, but Christian Hackenberg is already making program history. The second-year quarterback was announced as a team captain Wednesday morning, making him the first sophomore to earn the honor in the team’s 128-year history. Injured senior guard Miles..." August 13

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