Penn State Rumors & News

  • Penn State dismisses tight end Brent Wilkerson

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Penn State officially dismissed a tight end from the football team today after State College police charged him on March 8 with misdemeanor indecent assault and a summary count of harassment. The team had suspended Brent Wilkerson, 21, of Clinton, Md., indefinitely March 15. The redshirt senior..." April 28

  • Christian Hackenberg denies blaming James Franklin to NFL teams

    CBS Sports "Former Penn State standout quarterback Christian Hackenberg took a lot of heat recently when he reportedly threw his former coach James Franklin under the bus. Hackenberg thrived under Bill O'Brien in his freshman year at Penn State but struggled after Franklin took over the next two years. He..." April 21

  • Penn State lands 2 Blue-White day commitments: Guard CJ Thorpe, tackle Rob Martin pick PSU

    The Patriot News "Penn State has secured two class of 2017 verbal commitments before Saturday's Blue-White game, as Pittsburgh Central Catholic four-star guard C.J. Thorpe and Montvale, N.J., St. Joe's three-star tackle Rob Martin have both picked the Lions. Both Thorpe and Martin are at University Park for..." April 16

  • Christian Hackenberg reportedly blaming James Franklin for struggles during interviews

    Larry Brown Sports "Former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is reportedly throwing coach James Franklin under the bus over his regression, and NFL teams don’t think much of that. Hackenberg was brought to Penn State by Bill O’Brien and had a great freshman year under the current Texans coach. But..." March 27

  • Penn State TE Brent Wilkerson suspended, charged with assault

    Philly.com "Penn State tight end Brent Wilkerson has been suspended from the football team indefinitely after being charged with assaulting a woman. "We are aware of the charges against Mr. Wilkerson," the Penn State Athletic Department said in a statement. "He has been suspended indefinitely from all..." March 16

  • Penn State receiver Gregg Garrity awarded scholarship for final season

    The Patriot News "Penn State recruited two scholarship specialists in the class of 2016, and it gave long snapper Tyler Yazujian a scholarship in March. It meant the Lions were going to go into 2016 with a scholarship player at kicker, punter, and long snapper for the first time in years. But now, it could have..." February 25

  • Penn State the latest to offer generic football jerseys for sale

    The Comeback "It used to be at Penn State you could walk into the Student Book Store on a gameday and do some shopping to pick up a football jersey with your favorite player’s number on it. Penn State has traditionally not worn names on their uniforms, but you knew in 1994 if you were buying a jersey with the..." February 12

  • Damar Hamlin Commits to Pitt Over Penn State and Ohio State

    Black Shoe Diaries "As expected, former Penn State recruiting target decided to commit to Pittsburgh over the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Ohio State Buckeyes. While it was technically still a race between the Panthers and Buckeyes, it's been pretty common knowledge that Hamlin would choose the Panthers. Penn..." February 02

  • Penn State prefers renovations over tearing down Beaver Stadium

    The Score "Penn State is trying to address how it plans to go about renovations to most of its athletic facilities, but one of the most pressing matters is what to do with the aging Beaver Stadium. The 107,000-seat stadium was built in 1960 and is in dire need of renovations, or simply being torn down and..." January 30

  • Wide Receiver Jake Kiley To Transfer From Penn State

    Onwardstate "Another rising fifth-year senior has opted to transfer away from the program as redshirt senior wide receiver Jake Kiley will play his final season of eligibility elsewhere. Kiley joins a staggering list of rising redshirt freshmen to transfer away from the program due to playing time concerns..." January 30

  • Nation’s No. 1 K, Quinn Nordin, Has De-Committed From Penn State

    College Spun "Quinn Nordin, the No. 1 kicker in the 2016 class, has de-committed from Penn State. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound prospect out of Rockford, Mich., had been committed to the Nittany Lions since July. " January 28

  • Penn State's Akeel Lynch will transfer after spring semester

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Penn State’s backfield is loaded with young talent, notably Saquon Barkley who rushed for 1,076 yards and seven touchdowns this past season as a freshman. With a verbal pledge from Woodland Hills running back Miles Sanders in the 2016 recruiting class and former Bishop McDevitt standout Andre..." January 14

  • Penn State offensive line coach Herb Hand headed to Auburn

    USA Today "Herb Hand, who has been James Franklin's offensive line coach at both Vanderbilt and Penn State, is headed toward a deal with Auburn according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke with USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the deal was not final. The..." January 11

  • Penn State receiver Geno Lewis will transfer to Oklahoma to finish college career

    The Patriot News "Penn State's new quarterback will have one less receiver to throw to in 2016. Former Wyoming Valley West quarterback and Lions' redshirt junior receiver Geno Lewis has announced that he will grad transfer out of the program and finish his college career at Oklahoma. "This was not an easy..." January 11

  • Penn State's Adam Breneman is giving up football; tight end's career cut short due to injuries

    Penn Live "Penn State tight end Adam Breneman's playing career is over as a result of complications related to an earlier left knee injury. Penn State athletics issued a release Thursday morning on Breneman's decision. Breneman, a 6-4, 245-pound redshirt sophomore from Cedar Cliff, arrived in State..." January 07

  • Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg declares for NFL draft

    Yahoo! Sports "Another highly regarded underclassman quarterback is headed to the NFL. After Penn State fell to Georgia Saturday in the TaxSlayer Bowl, Nittany Lions junior Christian Hackenberg told reporters that he will forgo his senior season and declare for the 2016 NFL draft. Hackenberg left..." January 03

  • Penn State defensive tackle Austin Johnson to forgo senior season, enter NFL Draft

    Centre Daily Times "Penn State junior defensive tackle Austin Johnson told a scrum of reporters that he had elected to forgo his final season in college and enter the 2016 NFL Draft. The announcement came after Saturday’s 24-17 TaxSlayer Bowl loss to Georgia, and after Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg..." January 03

  • Christian Hackenberg knocked out of TaxSlayer Bowl

    NFL.com "Quarterback Christian Hackenberg's Penn State career might end with an injury. Hackenberg left the field in the second quarter of Saturday's TaxSlayer Bowl and has been ruled out for the rest of the contest. Hackenberg fell hard on his right shoulder at the end of a run earlier in the..." January 02

  • Penn State walk-on Carl Nassib takes home Rotary Lombardi Award

    Houston Chronicle "Carl Nassib held the Rotary Lombardi Award in his left arm and hugged his mother with his right. "I'm just a walk-on. What am I doing here?" he asked as Mary Nassib fought back happy tears. "I feel like I just stole his thing." There was no robbery on Wednesday night. Instead, the Penn State..." December 10

  • Penn State relieves OC John Donovan of his duties

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF - Dr. Saturday "Penn State offensive coordinator and tight ends coach John Donovan has been fired, the school announced Sunday. Donovan had been a member of coach James Franklin’s staff for five seasons, including three at Vanderbilt, but came under fire this year after the Nittany Lions' offense ranked 82nd..." November 30

  • King CB Lavert Hill decommits from PSU; Harbaugh visits

    Detroit Free Press "Despite being a Penn State 2016 commit, Detroit King cornerback Lavert Hill has spent his share of time in Ann Arbor this fall. Apparently that's no longer a conflict. Hill, a four-star prospect whose brother Delano Hill is currently a U-M safety, announced his Penn State decommitment on..." November 30

  • Christian Hackenberg not thinking about NFL just yet

    College Football Talk "This weekend Penn State will play its final home game of the season against Jim Harbaugh, Jabrill Peppers and the surging Michigan Wolverines. As is typically the case around college football, the last home game of the year will see a proper sendoff to Penn State’s seniors, the first class signed..." November 18

  • Jordan Lucas to Miss Remainder of the Season Due to Injury, Penn State Career Comes to a Close

    Black Shoe Diaries "In depressing news, Penn State starting safety Jordan Lucas will miss the remainder of the 2015 season due to injury. Unfortunately, this also means that Lucas' Penn State career is over, because it is his senior season. It's an impossibly tough blow for the team, but even tougher for..." November 12

  • Jerry Sandusky Could Have More Charges Against Him For Sexual Abuse

    NESN "Jerry Sandusky could be in jail a little longer. The former Penn State assistant football coach accused of sexually abusing 10 boys over the course of several years already is serving a 30-to-60-year prison sentence, but a new break in the case could benefit one man previously denied the..." October 29

  • Did Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi just fire shots at Penn State?

    ESPN "The jab was subtle, but the message was received loud and clear in Happy Valley. Without using names or universities, Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi implied Monday that Penn State's play-calling has negatively impacted quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Narduzzi offered this interesting aside during a..." October 20

  • Penn State actually buried the Temple game tape with a shovel

    CBS Sports "Teams and players have talked about burning or burying game film before; usually statement like this are a metaphor for moving past a bad performance. But after Penn State lost to Temple for the first time since 1941, the performance was so bad that the Nittany Lions' captains actually buried the..." September 08

  • Joe Paterno beer selling quickly as brewer tries 'to keep up with demand'

    ESPN "Sales of beer with Joe Paterno's name on it are so brisk that the company that makes it, Duquesne Brewing, is gearing up for a second run after just a week on the shelves. "We've sold close to a million cans," said Mark Dudash, owner of Duquesne out of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. "We're just trying..." August 31

  • PA DT Karamo Dioubate Commits to Penn State

    Black Shoe Diaries "One of the biggest and most mysterious fish in Pennsylvania commits to the Nittany Lions. But he's better than a normal fish. He's a fish that can play football. When it comes to Dioubate, there really isn't much of a tale to tell. Much like Penn State targets Christian Wilkins and Alex Boosker..." August 17

  • Daiquan Kelly, dismissed from Penn State on Saturday, will sign with UMass

    NewJersey.com "Just 72 hours after being dismissed from the football program at Penn State University, former Union City standout Daiquan Kelly has already found a new home. Moments ago, Soaring Eagles' head coach Wil Valdez informed NJ.com that his 2015 graduate will head to the University of Massachusetts...." August 12

  • Report: Freshman Linebacker Daiquan Kelly Dismissed From Penn State Football

    Black Shoe Diaries "A member of Penn State football's 2015 recruiting class is no longer with the program. Daiquan Kelly, a three-/four-star linebacker out of New Jersey, was dismissed for a violation of team rules, according to a press release sent out by Penn State. Kelly came to State College by way of Union..." August 08

  • 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

    Philly.com "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. PennLive.com 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

    Philly.com "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

    Philly.com "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 PennLive.com. 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