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Ex-Penn State Doctor Alleges James Franklin Made Him Clear Injured Players

Kevin Kinkead - August 26, 2019

Huh.

Well this is something.

Breaking news out of Happy Valley today, where a former Penn State team doctor filed a lawsuit against the university and head ball coach James Franklin, claiming the Langhorne native pressured him to clear injured players.

Matt Miller at Penn Live with details:

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Ten Reasons Why College Football is Better Than the NFL

Kevin Kinkead - August 21, 2019

Can you smell it? It’s the aroma of tailgate food wafting into my nostrils, overpowering the funky odor that generally hangs over the River Wards.

Autumn is just around the corner, and that means you can strap me down and inject college football directly into my veins. I want to overdose on it. I want to wake up in a daze, turn to my television, and slowly focus in on the score in the upper left corner:

West Virginia 55, Virginia Tech 0.

Give it to me. Give me Manny Diaz going 0-12 and getting himself fired. Give me Penn State vs. Pittsburgh and Temple vs. Maryland and Villanova vs. Delaware. I want it all, and I want it now, as Freddie Mercury used to say.

Here are 10 reasons why college football is better than the NFL. Don’t even think about disagreeing with me.

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Penn State Ranked 14th in Preseason Coaches Poll

Kevin Kinkead - August 1, 2019

Oh yes.

College football is just around the corner, and today the season’s first poll just dropped, even though none of these teams have played a game yet and it’s virtually impossible to project the top 25 outside of Alabama and Clemson.

The Nittany Lions start in the top 15, which you can see right here:

Temple got two votes as well, so hell yeah.

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Penn State Lands Joey Porter’s Son

Kevin Kinkead - September 11, 2018

Fresh off their 51-6 smackdown of the perennially underachieving Pittsburgh Panthers, Penn State is adding another blue chip recruit to the program.

Today Joey Porter Jr., the son of longtime Steeler Joey Porter, committed to the Nittany Lions, writing the following note on Twitter:

Porter Jr. is a 6’2″, 187 pound cornerback/safety prospect out of North Allegheny High. He also plays receiver but was recruited as a defensive backfield stud. He’s a four star recruit and chose the Lions over LSU, Nebraska, Miami, and… Pitt, which rounded out his top five schools.

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Villanova and Penn State Schedule a Football Series

Kevin Kinkead - August 31, 2018

Not anytime soon, but in a few years.

Villanova agreed to a two-game series with Penn State for 2021 and 2025, with both contests taking place in Happy Valley.

From the press release:

“We are excited about the opportunity to get Penn State on the schedule. Playing two games in one of the best atmospheres in college football will be a great experience for our team,” said (head football coach Mark) Ferrante. “I think the Nova Nation will be excited to make the trip to Happy Valley. This game makes a lot sense for us on a number of levels.”

The Wildcats and Nittany Lions have met eight previous times on the gridiron with the last match-up coming with a 20-14 Villanova victory in 1951. Penn State currently leads the series by a 3-4-1 count.”

As for this season, Nova opens up tomorrow against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field. Penn State hosts Appalachian State at Beaver Stadium.

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Penn State Football 2018 Preview: There’s Life After Saquon Barkley

Kevin Kinkead - August 30, 2018

Penn State was six points from being perfect in 2017.

All the Lions really needed was to make a few more plays at Ohio State and Michigan State, then we’re looking at 12-0 instead of 10-2, with a berth in the college football playoff.

That was pretty much it last season – a pair of single-digit Big 10 nail biters that saw the Lions fall out of the top five and instead settle for 11 wins and a Fiesta Bowl victory over a very good Washington team. That’s not a bad consolation prize, but Penn State fans and neutrals alike know just how agonizingly close this team came to running the table.

It’s a mixed bag of storylines coming into the 2018 season, which will be James Franklin’s fifth since taking over for Bill O’Brien in 2014. Franklin seemed to be on the hot seat after opening his Penn State tenure with a pair of boring 7-6 seasons before rumbling to 11 wins, a conference title, and a Rose Bowl appearance in year number three.

Along the way, he recruited extremely well and put the right assistants in place. He got Saquon Barkley to flip on his Rutgers commitment, brought in offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead from Fordham, and promoted Brent Pry to defensive coordinator after bringing him along from his previous gig at Vanderbilt. Those three moves probably guided Penn State’s success more than anything, fleshed out with a glut of impressive talent on both sides of the ball.

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Overrated?

Kevin Kinkead - August 20, 2018

James Franklin has done a nice job at Penn State.

The Lions are 22-5 over the past two seasons with a Fiesta Bowl win, a Big 10 title, and a Rose Bowl appearance on the resume. Seemingly long gone are the days of 7-6 and losses to Temple and Pitt.

They’re ranked 9th in the first 2018 coaches poll, but apparently some coaches don’t think too much of Franklin, who was voted one of the country’s most overrated at his position.

CBS Sports did an anonymous preseason poll, asking one-fifth of the 129 active FBS coaches to name their most overrated and underrated peers.

Franklin tied for first on the overrated list:

  • Willie Taggart (Florida State) – 20 percent
  • James Franklin (Penn State) – 20 percent
  • Kirk Ferentz (Iowa) – 13 percent
  • Lane Kiffin (Florida Atlantic) – 13 percent

So one-fifth of 129  coaches is 25.8. Twenty percent of that is 5.16. That means five coaches named Franklin, which isn’t a huge sample size. Maybe those five guys coach in the Big 10.

In the article, there are a couple of anonymous quotes from the coaches that named Franklin:

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Report: Temple and Penn State Discussing Future Football Series

Kevin Kinkead - July 24, 2018

Per Marc Narducci, who does literally everything at the Inquirer:

The story is behind the Philly.com paywall but says that the games would be played in 2026 and 2027. Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour confirmed Tuesday that there have been discussions with Temple officials to round out the schedule.

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