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Mike Poorman

Mike Poorman has covered Penn State football since 1979 -- the past seven seasons for StateCollege.com. His column appears on Mondays and Fridays. 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

Football Camps Show Off Arms of Former QBs on Penn State Coaching Staff
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Football Camps Show Off Arms of Former QBs on Penn State Coaching Staff
4 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The Nittany Lion coaching staff features six former quarterbacks and four head coaches, past and present. Ex-QBs include head coach James Franklin and offensive coordinator John Donovan (left). [Read More]
For James Franklin and Penn State, Why Hiring Jim Haslett is a Low-Cost Win-Win
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For James Franklin and Penn State, Why Hiring Jim Haslett is a Low-Cost Win-Win
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Hiring Jim Haslett as a consultant for the Penn State football team makes a lot of sense for coach James Franklin – as it does for Haslett himself. And, likely, doesn’t cost many dollars. At least not for Penn State. [Read More]
Camping With James Franklin and Penn State Football on Father’s Day
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Camping With James Franklin and Penn State Football on Father’s Day
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State’s head coach was High Octane James, funny and engaging. But he was also frank. He gave great advice to the dads – and moms, grandparents and coaches – of the 93.5% of the campers who aren’t going to play college football. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Franklin Working Hard for His Money
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Penn State Football: Franklin Working Hard for His Money
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
For $4.4 million a year, James Franklin not only has to rebuild Penn State football and bring the university together, he has to win big -- and eventually better. A rebuild victory-wise won’t be enough. Over the past 15 years, Penn State’s average record in Big Ten play has been 4.5 wins and 3.5 [Read More]
Penn State 3rd in Big Ten With 31 Players on NFL Camp Rosters
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Penn State 3rd in Big Ten With 31 Players on NFL Camp Rosters
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State is tied with Wisconsin for third among the 14 Big Ten schools, with Wisconsin. Ohio State ranks first, with 42 former players on NFL rosters. Iowa is a close second, with 40. Almost a third of the Nittany Lions are linebackers, while seven are offensive linemen. [Read More]
Penn State Football Players Score Big in the Community; Kids' Lift For Life Next Up
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Penn State Football Players Score Big in the Community; Kids' Lift For Life Next Up
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Saturday’s “A Field Day Inspired By Lift For Life” at State College’s Circleville Park is part of a massive community service effort by Penn State football that has delivered over 2,300 hours across 71 events since last July. [Read More]
Penn State Football: The Big Ten East is Even More Lopsided Than You Think
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Penn State Football: The Big Ten East is Even More Lopsided Than You Think
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Utilizing almost every measurable there is, the Big Ten’s East division is far superior to the West – in conference titles, short- and long-term records, Top 3 league finishes, quality of head coaches, quality of recruits and overall home attendance. [Read More]
Why Penn State Has 5 Consecutive Home Football Games in ’15
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Why Penn State Has 5 Consecutive Home Football Games in ’15
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Blame it on the Big Ten. And the need for seven games in Beaver Stadium so the sanction-strapped Penn State athletic department could pay its bills, as well the recent revolving door of head football coaches and athletic directors. [Read More]
Penn State Football: More Touchdowns, Not Just Julius The Secret to Replacing Ficken
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Penn State Football: More Touchdowns, Not Just Julius The Secret to Replacing Ficken
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
If Sam Ficken hadn’t been so successful in 2014, Penn State would have been shut out of a bowl game and could have gone 5-7 or even 4-8. As it was, the Nittany Lions attempted more field goals (29, 18% of all possessions) than its offense scored touchdowns (26, 16%). [Read More]
The 11 Head Coaches Who Molded Penn State’s James Franklin
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The 11 Head Coaches Who Molded Penn State’s James Franklin
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Answer: John Chaump, Denny Douds, Al Leonzi, John Lawson, Alex Wood, Mike Price, Larry Lewis, Ron Vanderlinden, Ralph Friedgen, Mike Sherman and Ron Prince. Question: Name the head coaches James Franklin played for and/or coached under. [Read More]
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