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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

The Blue-White Game Star a Year Later: Inside the Football Soul of Cole Chiappialle
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The Blue-White Game Star a Year Later: Inside the Football Soul of Cole Chiappialle
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The passing of his mother, two TDs in the Blue-White Game, two knee surgeries, 16 carries vs. UMass, a transfer to Shippensburg. Cole Chiappialle: “The past year was a whirlwind... I had ups and downs, but it was definitely fun. It's something I’ll always remember. It’s how life goes.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: Kicking Game is No Laughing Matter
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Penn State Football: Kicking Game is No Laughing Matter
5 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“I see you guys making fun of us on social media and in your articles, talking about how many kickers and snappers and punters is Franklin going to bring in,” kidded James Franklin on Saturday. “We’ve got about 35 of them. It’s the biggest unit on the team.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: Thy Staff Comforts James Franklin
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Penn State Football: Thy Staff Comforts James Franklin
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Nearly all of James Franklin’s staff followed their leader and made the 698.2-mile journey from Nashville to State College. In all, 13 of Franklin’s top 14 Penn State assistants were with him at Vanderbilt at some point. [Read More]
Penn State Football: James Franklin Wants Duel (Not Dual) Threat Quarterbacks
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Penn State Football: James Franklin Wants Duel (Not Dual) Threat Quarterbacks
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin is actually a pro at pro-style offenses. He does want duel threats – as in players who want to win. The dual-threat moniker that has been hung on him is somewhat of a misnomer. Proof positive: Jake Zembiec. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Can Zettel & AJ Rank Among the Top All-time DT Duos?
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Penn State Football: Can Zettel & AJ Rank Among the Top All-time DT Duos?
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Anthony Zettel and Austin Johnson are No. 98 and 99, respectively, in your program. And No. 1 in the hearts of coaches James Franklin and Sean Spencer, with lots of respect from their teammates who play across the line. [Read More]
Penn State Football Practice: Cue The Music, ‘Hey, It’s Franklin’
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Penn State Football Practice: Cue The Music, ‘Hey, It’s Franklin’
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“Hey, how did you guys like that?” James Franklin grinned after a play as he sidled up to 230 inches and 810 pounds of giggling defensive linemen named Anthony Zettel, Garrett Sickels and Carl Nassib. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Time is The Essence of James Franklin
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Penn State Football: Time is The Essence of James Franklin
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Time waits for no man. But it does allow Penn State's head football coach to ride shotgun. Says James Franklin: “That’s one of the things I think we’re doing a better job of now -- protecting my time.” [Read More]
Blue-White Game Countdown / 26 Days: Penn State’s Need For Explosive Plays & Play-makers
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Blue-White Game Countdown / 26 Days: Penn State’s Need For Explosive Plays & Play-makers
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
After practice on Saturday, James Franklin was yacking it up about freshman wide receiver DeAndre Thompkins -- who could hold the key to YACs (yards after catches) and chunk plays (over 20 yards). [Read More]
Blue-White Game Countdown: Lasch Symbolizes Big Costs to Revitalize Penn State Football
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Blue-White Game Countdown: Lasch Symbolizes Big Costs to Revitalize Penn State Football
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Lasch Building, opened as the gleaming hub of Penn State football in 1998 for about $14 million, has seen better days. An infusion of money will help renovate the complex and possibly the program. [Read More]
James Franklin Has Penn State Football Ready to Spring Forward
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James Franklin Has Penn State Football Ready to Spring Forward
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin springs hope eternal. Gushes it, in fact. And why not? It’s largely past Penn State football savings time. But there’s still much to be done, on and off the field. This week marks another big step in the right direction. [Read More]
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