Penn State Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Arrested lineman one of four players leaving Penn State

    College Football Talk "The pruning and downsizing of rosters all across the country continues this weekend as Penn State has seen a total of four players leave James Franklin‘s football program. The two most notable departures are offensive lineman Anthony Alosi and wide receiver Richy Anderson. Alosi was arrested..." June 15

  • James Franklin, Penn State pore over football blueprint

    USA Today "Penn State's football office goes where James Franklin goes, tagging along with the first-year coach as he zigzags and caravans his way through York, Hershey, King of Prussia, Williamsport and Wilkes-Barre, the nearby towns and cities overflowing with fans and alumni loyal to the Nittany Lions'..." May 27

  • Camp Franklin will give Penn State staff chance to bond

    The Patriot News "Think of it as a pre-camp camp for James Franklin and his coaches. Franklin, Penn State's first-year head coach, said Friday that he will take his staff somewhere in Pennsylvania just prior to August camp in an effort to get "on the same page". It's something Franklin has done before and he..." May 25

  • Penn State lands another - four-star prospect Brandon Wimbush

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Four-star quarterback Brandon Wimbush of Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep, Ohio State's top quarterback target in the 2015 class, announced his commitment to Penn State on Tuesday night. Rated by the No. 6 quarterback in the 2015 class, Wimbush chose Penn State over the Buckeyes,..." May 07

  • Joe Paterno Statue Planned for Downtown

    Onwardstate "A bronze statue of Joe Paterno seated on a bench is planned for installation outside the Tavern Restaurant in November 2015. The statue, designed by sculptor Zenos Frudakis, is in response to Rodney Erickson’s decision to remove Joe Paterno’s statue from Porter Road in July 2012. “There’s been..." April 23

  • Assault charges filed against Penn State OL Anthony Alosi

    Pride Of Detroit "Assault charges filed this week against a Penn State offensive lineman stem from a January incident in which police say he kicked another man in the head on the street in State College, sending the victim to the hospital. Anthony Alosi, a redshirt junior, is charged with simple assault and..." April 08

  • Turn on the lights! Michigan will host Penn State in primetime

    College Football Talk "Michigan has confirmed they will play a night game against Penn State this season. Just days ago Michigan athletics director Dave Brandon hinted at the possibility of scheduling the October 11, 2014 home game against Penn State for a primetime kickoff, but now it has officially been announced. It..." April 07

  • Lions lose Dieffenbach to injury

    247 Sports "In a spring in which Penn State could not afford injuries up front, the Nittany Lions will be without its most experienced offensive lineman for the foreseeable future. Multiple sources have indicated that senior guard Miles Dieffenbach will miss significant time with a serious knee injury..." March 31

  • Bill O’Brien still not happy with Penn State bowl ban

    College Football Talk "Former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien is no longer under the governance of the NCAA, so he is as free as he has ever been to speak his mind about the situation Penn State’s football program is in. Speaking with NFL media at the NFL meetings in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, O’Brien said it is..." March 26

  • Penn State trustee says he regrets Paterno vote, resigns "Penn State University Board of Trustees member Alvin Clemens announced his resignation Friday, the Associated Press reported, saying that the Board's 2011 decision to fire Joe Paterno represented a "rush to injustice." "We had no advance notice and little opportunity to discuss and consider the..." March 09

  • Mike McQueary says he was abused "A former assistant football coach and key prosecution witness in the upcoming conspiracy trial of three former Penn State leaders accused of covering up Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse crimes told his players during a November 2011 closed-door meeting that he, too, was sexually abused as a boy,..." March 04

  • Big Ten not keen on Friday night football

    Chicago Sun-Times "“Friday Night Lights” is not coming to the Big Ten any time soon. Social media was abuzz Thursday regarding various reports the Big Ten was looking into playing football games on Friday night. The Big Ten’s 10-year broadcast contract for regular-season games with ABC and ESPN is up in 2017...." March 01

  • 'Wanting to be great' in NFL drives former St. Mary's star Allen Robinson

    Detroit News "Michigan hardly recruited Allen Robinson, and Michigan State wanted to turn him into a defensive back. So the former Orchard Lake St. Mary’s star settled on Penn State, and after becoming a first-team All-Big Ten wide receiver the last two seasons, Robinson will likely be taken in the first two..." March 01

  • Is James Franklin waking a sleeping giant at Penn State?

    College Football Talk "Dominate the state. That is the motto new Penn State head coach James Franklin has been selling since his first press conference in Happy Valley. After putting together a solid Class of 2014 in his short time at Penn State, Franklin and his coaching staff have already lined up five of the top 15..." March 01

  • Sue Paterno hospitalized after on-campus fall "Per the Associated Press, Joe Paterno's widow Sue Paterno has been hospitalized after a fall on the Penn State campus. Family spokesman Dan McGinn confirmed to the AP that Paterno fell while visiting a campus memorial service Thursday and was subsquently hospitalized for observation. McGinn said..." February 28

  • New Penn State OL coach ready to battle child sex abuse "The only time the life of a college football assistant coach can be even more nerve-wracking than in-season is in the weeks after the season. That's when the Silly Season heats up and where families often get uprooted as the coaching carousel kicks into high gear. Herb Hand was on his seventh..." February 25

  • Jay Paterno confirms he's running for lieutenant governor

    The Patriot News "Jay Paterno, the son of legendary Penn State football head coach Joe Paterno, said Thursday he is running for lieutenant governor. The confirmation came after Paterno said “someone found” his unfinished campaign website Thursday morning and began sharing it. The site is expected to be fully..." February 21

  • Penn State's Franklin reels in 20 recruits "For his first recruiting class as the head coach at Penn State, James Franklin leaned on the relationships he developed with the recruits he had attracted both at his current job and at his former position at Vanderbilt. The result was a full class of 20 players, including a final commitment on..." February 07