Penn State Rumors & News

  • 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 "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    College Football Talk "First Penn State saw its bowl ban rescinded ahead of schedule.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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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

  • Injury shelves Penn State's Adam Breneman indefinitely

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Penn State is losing one of its best players for what will likely be an extended time period. The athletic department announced this morning that tight end Adam Breneman is out indefinitely with an undisclosed injury. Head coach James Franklin has a policy of not discussing injuries." August 11

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 09

  • Penn State hires Sandy Barbour "Former Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour was introduced as Penn State's new athletic director Saturday afternoon, making her the first female AD in the university's history. She resigned from Cal last month after a 10-year stint and will officially begin her Penn State tenure on Aug. 18. She..." July 29

  • Jay Paterno, Bill Kenney sue Penn State for 'improper termination'

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Jay Paterno is targeting Penn State University in another lawsuit. Mr. Paterno today filed a complaint in Philadelphia federal court, where he and fellow former assistant coach Bill Kenney are suing the university for improper termination. Mr. Paterno and Mr. Kenney were not retained as..." July 23

  • Penn State lands verbals from Irvin Charles, Miles Sanders

    The Patriot News "Penn State picked up verbal commitments early Saturday afternoon from New Jersey wide receiver Irvin Charles and Pittsburgh Woodland Hills' running back Miles Sanders, per Internet reports. Charles, from Haddonfield, N.J., will be a member of the Nittany Lions' Class of 2015, and Sanders will..." July 20

  • Penn State guard Miles Dieffenbach targeting possible late-season return from knee injury

    The Patriot News "It's a 12-game season for most Penn State football players but it's more like three or four games, best case, for Nittany Lions' senior guard Miles Dieffenbach. Dieffenbach, a returning starter and a team leader, confirmed Saturday morning that the knee injury he suffered in spring was..." July 14

  • Matt Sandusky tells Oprah Winfrey about alleged abuse by Jerry Sandusky "Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, who has said Sandusky molested him as a child, will appear in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey next week. In the interview, scheduled to air at 9 p.m. July 17 on Winfrey's OWN Network, Sandusky is expected to give a personal account of..." July 09

  • LB Ben Kline's injury a concern for PSU "Although there’s been plenty of good news on the recruiting trail for James Franklin and the Nittany Lions, injuries and depth issues sure seem to be stacking up for the program this offseason. According to a report from Lions 247, linebacker Ben Kline is the latest to succumb to a serious..." June 25

  • Arbitrator rules Jerry Sandusky should receive $4,900/month pension

    College Football Talk "A Pennsylvania arbitrator ruled that Jerry Sandusky should receive his $4,900-a-month pension payments as well as back pension payments dating back to October 2012, when he was convicted on 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys. The state of Pennsylvania ended Sandusky’s pension payments upon..." June 24

  • Pennsylvania AG report: Sandusky investigation delays not political "The Pennsylvania attorney general's office released the results of its review of the Jerry Sandusky investigation Monday, per the Associated Press. The report found that law enforcement and prosecutors had unnecessarily extended the case with "crucial missteps and inexplicable delays," but that..." June 23

  • LB Manny Bowen Commits to Penn State

    Onwardstate "James Franklin’s Class of 2015 notched commit No. 17 this evening, as three-star linebacker Manny Bowen of New Jersey announced his commitment to Penn State on Twitter. The 6-foot-2, 202-pound Bowen had offers from Alabama, Miami, Oklahoma, Florida, Oregon, Notre Dame, Michigan State, and other..." June 21

  • Dave Joyner will resign as Penn State athletics director

    The Patriot News "Though no one candidate has emerged as his successor, it appears Dave Joyner's tenure as the Penn State athletics director is about to quietly conclude, roughly concurrent with that of the president with whom he arrived. Amid reports that Northwestern AD Jim Phillips has been targeted as at..." June 17