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Why Was Penn State So Good in 2016? Five Players’ True Confessions: Read ’em & Weep Why Was Penn State So Good in 2016? Five Players’ True Confessions: Read ’em & Weep
by Mike Poorman

This is how you know that the Penn State football team in 2016 was special. When… Place-kickers the size of D-tackles talk about being vulnerable. Backups to one of the nation’s top players express gratitude. And defensive stalwarts who were suspended talk of redemption, not vindication. Full Story →

TGIF: State College Weekend Events for Dec. 9-11 TGIF: State College Weekend Events for Dec. 9-11

Happy Friday, Happy Valley! It's another December weekend packed with holiday events, highlighted by Bellefonte's Victorian Christmas. The Arboretum hosts its Winter Celebration, plus there are fairs and musical performances around the area to celebrate the season.

StateCollege.com - Geoff Rushton
Watch: Penn State Fan Sheds Tears of Joy after Wife Surprises Him with Rose Bowl Tickets
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Watch: Penn State Fan Sheds Tears of Joy after Wife Surprises Him with Rose Bowl Tickets

He bursts into tears of joy as his wife hugs him and tells him they are, in fact, going to the Rose Bowl in January.

StateCollege.com - Gabriela Stevenson
Penn State Football: NFL.Com Lists Trace McSorley As No. 5 Potential 2017 Heisman Candidate Penn State Football: NFL.Com Lists Trace McSorley As No. 5 Potential 2017 Heisman Candidate

Currently McSorley ranks No. 13 in passing yards and 25th in touchdowns, but more impressively is second nationally in passes of 40+ yards and third in passes of 20 and 30+ yards.

StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
Penn State Women's Volleyball Drops Sweet 16 Heartbreaker Penn State Women's Volleyball Drops Sweet 16 Heartbreaker

No. 16 seed Penn State (24-10) was a point away from sweeping the Huskers, but saw its season come to a close in the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row.

StateCollege.com - Ethan Kasales

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4-Star Receiver Commits to Penn State 4-Star Receiver Commits to Penn State
11 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Ethan Kasales
KJ Hamler became Penn State's third 2017 receiver commit Friday afternoon, picking the Nittany Lions over the likes of Michigan State, Oregon, and many others. [Read More]
Convenience Store Delivery Service GoPuff Launches in State College Convenience Store Delivery Service GoPuff Launches in State College
18 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Geoff Rushton
Hungry for a snack and need some laundry detergent? Out of cat food and your iPhone charger just stopped working? No need to leave the house now that goPuff has launched in State College. [Read More]
Spring Mills Craft Fair Features Model Railroad Layout Spring Mills Craft Fair Features Model Railroad Layout
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Sam Stitzer
The Spring Mills community will hold its annual Winter Craft Fair, featuring many locally made products, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Old Gregg School Community Center. [Read More]
Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Events Schedule Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Events Schedule
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Special to The Gazette
The annual Bellefonte Victorian Christmas celebration, which starts Friday, Dec. 9, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 11, brings a touch of Charles Dickens to Centre County. Here is the schedule of events [Read More]
Centre County High School Basketball Teams Set to Begin Play Centre County High School Basketball Teams Set to Begin Play
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Pat Rothdeutsch
Several Centre County high school basketball teams tip off the season on Friday night. [Read More]
Happy Valley LaunchBox Graduates Third Class of Startups Happy Valley LaunchBox Graduates Third Class of Startups
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - StateCollege.com staff
From a virtual reality application for education to a new kind of food delivery service, five startups joined the ranks of Happy Valley LaunchBox graduates at community graduation event on Wednesday. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Barkley Adds Silver Football To Growing List Of Honors Penn State Football: Barkley Adds Silver Football To Growing List Of Honors
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley has been named the Chicago Tribune Silver Football for the Big Ten’s Most Valuable Player to his résumé. He shares the honor with Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett. [Read More]
Police Seek Suspect in Motorcycle Damage Police Seek Suspect in Motorcycle Damage
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - StateCollege.com staff
State College Police are looking for help identifying a suspect who allegedly knocked over and damaged a motorcycle. [Read More]
Lady Lions Roll Past Holy Cross Lady Lions Roll Past Holy Cross
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Steve Connelly
The Penn State Lady Lion basketball team (7-2) traveled to Worcester, Mass., Wednesday night to take on Holy Cross. The Crusaders (1-7) took the Lady Lions to overtime when the two teams met last season, but this time Penn State cruised to a 84-48 victory at the Hart Center. [Read More]
When State High Was King of the Mat: The Homer Barr Era
Column
When State High Was King of the Mat: The Homer Barr Era
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It was a team led by an even-keeled coach who allowed himself one wacky superstition — he wore pink socks and a pink bow tie with his gray suit. And it was comprised of a bunch of professors’ kids who somehow dominated foes who typically had more muscle. [Read More]

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Convenience Store Delivery Service GoPuff Launches in State College Convenience Store Delivery Service GoPuff Launches in State College
18 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Geoff Rushton
Hungry for a snack and need some laundry detergent? Out of cat food and your iPhone charger just stopped working? No need to leave the house now that goPuff has launched in State College. [Read More]
Spring Mills Craft Fair Features Model Railroad Layout Spring Mills Craft Fair Features Model Railroad Layout
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Sam Stitzer
The Spring Mills community will hold its annual Winter Craft Fair, featuring many locally made products, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Old Gregg School Community Center. [Read More]
Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Events Schedule Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Events Schedule
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Special to The Gazette
The annual Bellefonte Victorian Christmas celebration, which starts Friday, Dec. 9, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 11, brings a touch of Charles Dickens to Centre County. Here is the schedule of events [Read More]
When State High Was King of the Mat: The Homer Barr Era
Column
When State High Was King of the Mat: The Homer Barr Era
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It was a team led by an even-keeled coach who allowed himself one wacky superstition — he wore pink socks and a pink bow tie with his gray suit. And it was comprised of a bunch of professors’ kids who somehow dominated foes who typically had more muscle. [Read More]
Soup for the Soul
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Soup for the Soul
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Report
One Penn State organization aims to make the cold weather a bit more bearable with its free matzo ball and vegetarian soup delivery service. [Read More]
Annual State College Santa Crawl Is Coming to Town Annual State College Santa Crawl Is Coming to Town
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Patrick Cines
The 13th annual State College Santa Crawl will blanket downtown State College in a sea of red with white trimmings on Saturday. The State College Santa Crawl is a charity fundraising event benefiting to the Pat Boland Memorial Internship Award, a scholarship for students interested in broadcast jour [Read More]
Essence of Joy and Guests to Present 'Our Gift in Song' Essence of Joy and Guests to Present 'Our Gift in Song'
3 days ago - StateCollege.com
Penn State's Essence of Joy presents its annual holiday gift to the community at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Worship Hall of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the University Park campus. [Read More]
New PASCP Dancers Bring Unique Expression to ‘The Nutcracker’ New PASCP Dancers Bring Unique Expression to ‘The Nutcracker’
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Anne Walker
One of the region's most cherished traditions will return to Eisenhower Auditorium on Saturday and Sunday when the curtain opens on Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania's The Nutcracker ballet. [Read More]
Arboretum to Mark the Holiday Season with Annual Winter Celebration Arboretum to Mark the Holiday Season with Annual Winter Celebration
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - Gabriela Stevenson
As classes at Penn State begin to wind down and the community gets in the holiday spirit, The Arboretum at Penn State will host its annual Winter Celebration from 5-7 p.m. on Friday. [Read More]
Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Features a Hallmark Movie-Like Setting Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Features a Hallmark Movie-Like Setting
4 days ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Connie Cousins
Walk down the streets of Bellefonte during Victorian Christmas, being held this year Friday, Dec. 9, through Sunday, Dec. 11, and you may feel as though you have landed in a Dickens tale or a Hallmark Christmas movie setting. [Read More]

All Local & Penn State Sports

 
4-Star Receiver Commits to Penn State 4-Star Receiver Commits to Penn State
11 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Ethan Kasales
KJ Hamler became Penn State's third 2017 receiver commit Friday afternoon, picking the Nittany Lions over the likes of Michigan State, Oregon, and many others. [Read More]
Centre County High School Basketball Teams Set to Begin Play Centre County High School Basketball Teams Set to Begin Play
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Pat Rothdeutsch
Several Centre County high school basketball teams tip off the season on Friday night. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Barkley Adds Silver Football To Growing List Of Honors Penn State Football: Barkley Adds Silver Football To Growing List Of Honors
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley has been named the Chicago Tribune Silver Football for the Big Ten’s Most Valuable Player to his résumé. He shares the honor with Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett. [Read More]
Lady Lions Roll Past Holy Cross Lady Lions Roll Past Holy Cross
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Steve Connelly
The Penn State Lady Lion basketball team (7-2) traveled to Worcester, Mass., Wednesday night to take on Holy Cross. The Crusaders (1-7) took the Lady Lions to overtime when the two teams met last season, but this time Penn State cruised to a 84-48 victory at the Hart Center. [Read More]
When State High Was King of the Mat: The Homer Barr Era
Column
When State High Was King of the Mat: The Homer Barr Era
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It was a team led by an even-keeled coach who allowed himself one wacky superstition — he wore pink socks and a pink bow tie with his gray suit. And it was comprised of a bunch of professors’ kids who somehow dominated foes who typically had more muscle. [Read More]
Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Outworked En Route To 85-66 Loss To George Mason Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Outworked En Route To 85-66 Loss To George Mason
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
Penn State's winning streak ended at four games on Wednesday night as the Nittany Lions fell to George Mason [Read More]
Penn State Football: Franklin Named Sporting News Coach Of The Year Penn State Football: Franklin Named Sporting News Coach Of The Year
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
In addition to this latest award Franklin is also a finalist for the 2016 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award as presented by the Football Writers Association of America. [Read More]
Lady Lion Page Avoids Sophomore Slump to Excel in Her Second Season Lady Lion Page Avoids Sophomore Slump to Excel in Her Second Season
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - Steve Connelly
Having already bagged two Big Ten Player of the Week honors, Page has led Penn State to a 6-2 start — its best since the 2013-14 season. [Read More]
Attorney General Warns of Bowl Game Ticket Scams Attorney General Warns of Bowl Game Ticket Scams
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - Geoff Rushton
Pennsylvania Attorney General Bruce Beemer says college football fans should be on the lookout for potential bowl game ticket and travel package scams. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Watch BTN 'The Journey' Look At Big Ten Title Game
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Penn State Football: Watch BTN 'The Journey' Look At Big Ten Title Game
4 days ago - StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
The Big Ten Network was out in full force this past weekend with its award winning crew of The Journey to give everyone a look behind the scenes and from field level of Penn State's historic come from behind win over Wisconsin to win the conference championship. [Read More]

All Penn State News

 
Happy Valley LaunchBox Graduates Third Class of Startups Happy Valley LaunchBox Graduates Third Class of Startups
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - StateCollege.com staff
From a virtual reality application for education to a new kind of food delivery service, five startups joined the ranks of Happy Valley LaunchBox graduates at community graduation event on Wednesday. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Barkley Adds Silver Football To Growing List Of Honors Penn State Football: Barkley Adds Silver Football To Growing List Of Honors
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley has been named the Chicago Tribune Silver Football for the Big Ten’s Most Valuable Player to his résumé. He shares the honor with Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett. [Read More]
An Open Letter to the Rioters
Letters
An Open Letter to the Rioters
2 days ago - StateCollege.com
I want to say I get it. I want to be able to say I understand, that we've all been there. Except we haven't. Most of us haven't rioted for no reason. Most of us haven't destroyed public and private property because we wanted to celebrate. [Read More]
Soup for the Soul
Video
Soup for the Soul
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Report
One Penn State organization aims to make the cold weather a bit more bearable with its free matzo ball and vegetarian soup delivery service. [Read More]
Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Outworked En Route To 85-66 Loss To George Mason Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Outworked En Route To 85-66 Loss To George Mason
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
Penn State's winning streak ended at four games on Wednesday night as the Nittany Lions fell to George Mason [Read More]
Penn State Football: Franklin Named Sporting News Coach Of The Year Penn State Football: Franklin Named Sporting News Coach Of The Year
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
In addition to this latest award Franklin is also a finalist for the 2016 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award as presented by the Football Writers Association of America. [Read More]
TechCelerator Awards $10,000 Prize, Graduates 11th Class of Startups TechCelerator Awards $10,000 Prize, Graduates 11th Class of Startups
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - StateCollege.com staff
A Penn State startup that developed patented technology to better identify and treat cancer was awarded $10,000 from Ben Franklin Technology Partners as the TechCelerator@State College program graduated its 11th class. [Read More]
If You’re Happy and You Know It, Trash the Town
Column
If You’re Happy and You Know It, Trash the Town
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
What you find in a violent crowd, author Bill Buford says, is 'the dark satisfactions' of nothingness. 'Nothingness in its beauty, its simplicity, its nihilistic purity.' [Read More]
Essence of Joy and Guests to Present 'Our Gift in Song' Essence of Joy and Guests to Present 'Our Gift in Song'
3 days ago - StateCollege.com
Penn State's Essence of Joy presents its annual holiday gift to the community at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Worship Hall of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the University Park campus. [Read More]
Arboretum to Mark the Holiday Season with Annual Winter Celebration Arboretum to Mark the Holiday Season with Annual Winter Celebration
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - Gabriela Stevenson
As classes at Penn State begin to wind down and the community gets in the holiday spirit, The Arboretum at Penn State will host its annual Winter Celebration from 5-7 p.m. on Friday. [Read More]
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Mike Poorman

Why Was Penn State So Good in 2016? Five Players’ True Confessions: Read ’em & Weep

This is how you know that the Penn State football team in 2016 was special. When… Place-kickers the size of D-tackles talk about being vulnerable. Backups to one of the nation’s top players express gratitude. And defensive stalwarts who were suspended talk of redemption, not vindication.

Bill Horlacher

When State High Was King of the Mat: The Homer Barr Era

It was a team led by an even-keeled coach who allowed himself one wacky superstition — he wore pink socks and a pink bow tie with his gray suit. And it was comprised of a bunch of professors’ kids who somehow dominated foes who typically had more muscle.

If You’re Happy and You Know It, Trash the TownRussell Frank

What you find in a violent crowd, author Bill Buford says, is 'the dark satisfactions' of nothingness. 'Nothingness in its beauty, its simplicity, its nihilistic purity.'

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