September 2, 2012 |
Matt Barkley turned and shoved the ball into Silas Redd's hands, and Redd ran forward, charging between his new teammates on a field 2,800 miles away from his old ones. He picked up eight yards, churning his thick legs like a locomotive powering uphill, before two defenders brought him down. Redd's first carry in a cardinal-and-gold uniform Saturday in the USC's 49-10 win against Hawaii was tough, each yard a struggle. But when he picked himself up, applause from a sun-splashed Coliseum crowd washed over him. The junior left behind Penn State, where he rushed for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns last season, in the aftermath of NCAA sanctions handed down after a child sex abuse scandal.
September 1, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The chant was persistent and pervasive. It started outside Beaver Stadium before noon and continued inside throughout the game. It cut through months of pent-up pain and jaw-dropping allegations and court trials and NCAA sanctions. "We are … Penn State!" Another harsh reality, though, dropped in on Happy Valley as the football team and community tried to move forward from a poisonous past year. They are … 0-1. The first Penn State game since 1949 played without Joe Paterno on staff played out excitedly and beautifully - for Ohio, which defeated Penn State, 24-14, before a less-than-capacity crowd of 97,186.
September 1, 2012 |
There was no storybook start for Bill O'Brien in his debut as Penn State's football coach. The Nittany Lions were shut out in the second half by Ohio on Saturday and lost, 24-14. Before a capacity crowd of more than 97,000 at Beaver Stadium, Penn State jumped out to a 14-3 lead at the half. But in the end the Nittany Lions were done in by three turnovers -- and Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton. PHOTOS: Penn State opens new era Tettleton completed 31 of 41 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns.
August 31, 2012 |
— Nothing seemed too different in Happy Valley on Friday, the day before the season opener. The counter girl at The Creamery scooped out large mounds of "Peachy Paterno" ice cream and said it remained, by far, the most popular flavor. A simple placard hung on the front door at the late Joe Paterno's house on 830 McKee St. read, "Proud to Support Penn State Football. " Fans camped in tents outside Beaver Stadium in advance of Saturday's opener against Ohio. The campus buzzed with activity as students crisscrossed sidewalks and lawns on a spectacularly bright and warm last day of August.
August 28, 2012 |
Good times won't feel quite as good for Penn State football fans this season. Among the many changes around Beaver Stadium this fall, one of the most talked about - in the last 24 hours at least - has been the removal of Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" from the game-day playlist. The Altoona Mirror first reported the decision Monday, buried deep in an article about all the changes taking place at the start of the post-Joe Paterno, post-Jerry Sandusky scandal era for the Nittany Lions.
May 30, 2012 |
BASEBALL URBAN LEGEND : A Penn State baseball player came up with the "Nittany Lion" mascot at a baseball game as a response to taunts from fans of another team. As I have detailed in a number of legends over the years (like this tale of the Georgetown mascot that was a war hero), college fans and players have always taken a great deal of pride from their school mascots. What do you do, then, when your school does not have a mascot? That was the situation that a Penn State baseball player found himself in in 1904 when he managed to invent the Nittany Lion out of whole cloth as an answer to taunts from Princeton baseball supporters.