PSU notebook: Franklin lauds versatility of new assistant coaches

Now with a coaching staff full of successful college quarterbacks, James Franklin is still claiming the title of the best small-school signal-caller in the group. Sort of. “Well, yeah, it’s clear that James Franklin is the best small college quarterback on the staff,” Franklin deadpanned Wednesday. “I mean, there’s no argument there. But that’s because […]

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Lions add blue-chip tackle Rasheed Walker to 2018 class

Penn State had offered Rasheed Walker a scholarship 20 months ago. What was another hour to wait on his college decision? The winter storm that hit the region Wednesday was enough for Penn State to cancel classes, as well as its scheduled signing day festivities. Down in southern Maryland, it put schools on delay, pushing […]

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Penn State set to close out 2018 recruiting class on Wednesday

Penn State managed to land two high-profile recruits at the start of the last signing window. The Nittany Lions have a shot to repeat the feat on Wednesday. A pair of four-star prospects — Maryland tackle Rasheed Walker and Arizona receiver Solomon Enis — are the top targets left on Penn State’s board heading into […]

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Penn State hires Ja’Juan Seider as running backs coach in staffing shift

Penn State needed a strong recruiter to replace Josh Gattis on its coaching staff. The Nittany Lions got one of the most well-regarded recruiters in Florida. The Nittany Lions needed someone with some diverse geographical ties. They got a Palm Beach County native who also played and coached at West Virginia. They needed a wide […]

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Nittany Lions linked to Florida assistant to fill coaching vacancy

Josh Gattis officially said goodbye on Wednesday. Penn State could soon be saying hello to his replacement. Calling it one of the hardest decisions in life, Gattis took to Twitter in the late morning to thank the Nittany Lions and coach James Franklin as he starts his new job at defending national champion Alabama, where […]

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PSU lookahead: Nittany Lions’ difficult climb to the top resumes in 2018

There was still a bowl game to play — the 2017 season wasn’t over yet. But James Franklin already had 2018 and beyond on his mind. Moments after closing out a second-straight 10-2 regular season with a demolition of Maryland, the Penn State coach was focused on the next step. “I’m proud of the progress […]

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Penn State hires David Corley as new running backs coach

Speaking this week on a panel at the annual AFCA Convention, James Franklin laid out his process for making a new hire for his staff. “Your resume means nothing,” the Penn State coach said, according to Football Scoop. “I’ve never looked at a resume — ever. Your references mean nothing. I’m not calling your references, […]

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PSU notebook: Lions finish No. 8 in polls, listed among favorites for 2018 title

Two very different routes ended up landing Penn State at roughly the same spot in the polls. Though the 2017 season didn’t play out as dramatically as 2016 for the Nittany Lions, their Fiesta Bowl victory over Washington earned them their second straight top-10 finish with an 11-2 record. Penn State checked in at No. […]

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NFL-bound Saquon Barkley leaves a lasting legacy at Penn State

PHOENIX — His NFL announcement was still 24 hours away, but Saquon Barkley knew this was it. After he helped lead Penn State to a narrow Fiesta Bowl victory on Saturday, after he celebrated with teammates and after the party had died down on the field, Barkley made his way toward the stands. “To show […]

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Penn State’s Saquon Barkley makes it official, declares for NFL draft

PHOENIX — It may indeed have been a tough decision for Saquon Barkley, as he said all along. But with his junior season now in the books, it was the only one he could truly make. With nothing left to prove in college football and millions of dollars awaiting him and his family as a […]

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