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Mike Poorman

Mike Poorman has covered Penn State football since 1979. He is a senior lecturer in Penn State's College of Communications and teaches a pair of classes in the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism: “Sports Writing” and “Introduction to the Sports Industry.” He created and taught for several years the Center’s course on “Joe Paterno, Communications and The Media.” Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/PSUPoorman. His views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State University.

Articles by Mike Poorman

For Starters, Penn State Football Often Isn’t in a (Field) Position to Win
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For Starters, Penn State Football Often Isn’t in a (Field) Position to Win
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“If you look at drive-start average," James Franklin said, "I think that’s been a big factor in the games.” We looked and he's right. Penn State is starting its drives 18 yards farther back than its most recent opponents -- a difference of up to 250 yards per game. [Read More]
For Franklin and Penn State, Ohio State is the Benchmark …for Better or for Worse
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For Franklin and Penn State, Ohio State is the Benchmark …for Better or for Worse
6 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State is 7-14 vs. Ohio State in the Big Ten. To have the top team in the East Division, to say nothing of the overall conference, James Franklin has to top Urban Meyer. On the football field and especially on the recruiting trail. Like right now. [Read More]
Penn State Football: The Story of The Wildcat, Bill Belton and Ohio State
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Penn State Football: The Story of The Wildcat, Bill Belton and Ohio State
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The very first carry senior Bill Belton had for Penn State was running the Wildcat against Ohio State in 2011. And running it successfully. That was then, this is now. [Read More]
Penn State Football: This Too Shall Pass …Just Not Right Now
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Penn State Football: This Too Shall Pass …Just Not Right Now
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin must manage the present and build for the future, the latter by far his more favorite. In many ways, especially with a roster that is the second-youngest in major college football, the future is playing now. [Read More]
Penn State Football: How Christian Hackenberg’s Critics Don’t Count
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Penn State Football: How Christian Hackenberg’s Critics Don’t Count
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Christian Hackenberg is 62.5% of the Penn State offense, wins at a 40-pass rate his head coach has never seen before and is at his best on the final drive of the game. How's that for a start? [Read More]
Penn State Football: For James Franklin, 5 Ways Bye-Week was a Good Buy
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Penn State Football: For James Franklin, 5 Ways Bye-Week was a Good Buy
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State coach James Franklin learned what to do with his off-weeks at his previous institution, where following bye weeks in 2012-13 his teams won at Missouri, against No. 15 Georgia and at Florida. [Read More]
From Ficken to Dickens: Great Expectations for Penn State Football
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From Ficken to Dickens: Great Expectations for Penn State Football
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin has talked up Sam Ficken to the point where the kicker's past has been buried, his present included a captaincy and his future featured a game-winning field goal in Dublin. Yet, from 2001-2014, PSU has had just seven field goals blocked. All at the toe of Ficken. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Franklin's Promise x 9 — “We Will Get This Fixed”
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Penn State Football: Franklin's Promise x 9 — “We Will Get This Fixed”
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin repeated that phrase nine times during his 10-minute, 8-second post-game press conference on Saturday. He didn’t share a timetable, but his fixation on fixing led you to think he meant days, not months. [Read More]
PSU Offense Isn’t Only Hackenberg, But 34-of-35 Stretch Proved Otherwise PSU Offense Isn’t Only Hackenberg, But 34-of-35 Stretch Proved Otherwise
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Of Penn State’s 71 plays against Northwestern, quarterback Christian Hackenberg produced 56 of them: 45 passes, 7 scrambles and 4 sacks. That’s 79%. At one point, 34 of 35 plays were all Hack Attack. [Read More]
We’ve Been Warned: James Franklin Plays ’em One Game at a Time
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We’ve Been Warned: James Franklin Plays ’em One Game at a Time
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Looking ahead? Penn State's head coach tries to focus his team, the media and fans solely on the next opponent. But to be Frank(lin) with you, he and his staff also take the long-range view. [Read More]
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