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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

Penn State Football: Part I, Q&A with Quarterback Christian Hackenberg
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Penn State Football: Part I, Q&A with Quarterback Christian Hackenberg
23 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
In an exclusive interview, Penn State's elite quarterback reveals the unique and characteristic fear that drives him, life as the most famous student on campus and what happened when the NCAA sanctions hit. [Read More]
Penn State Football: James Franklin Utilizes His Own Brand of David vs. Goliath
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Penn State Football: James Franklin Utilizes His Own Brand of David vs. Goliath
5 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Playing the underdog may be the perfect role for James Franklin, following the logic of author Malcolm Gladwell. The Penn State coach's tactics are often David-like in his fight against the Goliaths of a monolithic conference in a sport of colossals. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Olaniyan & Zwinak Bring Law & Order to Offseason
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Penn State Football: Olaniyan & Zwinak Bring Law & Order to Offseason
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Too often we hear about athletes who end up in the back seat of a police car. Here’s a story of two good ones from Penn State who sit in the front seat, riding shotgun. For all the right reasons. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Mondays are for Meeting of the Minds of LB Hull, D-Coordinator Shoop
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Penn State Football: Mondays are for Meeting of the Minds of LB Hull, D-Coordinator Shoop
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Under James Franklin, Mondays this fall will be an off-day for Penn State’s football players. But not for Mike Hull. That’s the day the fifth-year senior middle linebacker has a standing appointment with defensive coordinator Bob Shoop. [Read More]
James Franklin's Top 22 Tweets of His First 6 Months as Penn State Football Coach
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James Franklin's Top 22 Tweets of His First 6 Months as Penn State Football Coach
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
It's been exactly six months and 267 original Tweets since the Nittany Nation was all-Twitter over James Franklin being named Penn State's 16th head football coach. Here's a look at the social media savant's best work since then. [Read More]
Penn State AD Search: What a Big Ten Conference Athletic Director Looks Like
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Penn State AD Search: What a Big Ten Conference Athletic Director Looks Like
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The four highest-paid athletic directors in the Big Ten Conference took distinctly different paths to their current position -- Domino's CEO, career AD (Ohio State's Gene Smith, left), former head football coach and attorney. [Read More]
After Christian Hackenberg & James Franklin, Who is Penn State’s No. 3 Star?
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After Christian Hackenberg & James Franklin, Who is Penn State’s No. 3 Star?
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
After the charismatic head coach and the BMOC quarterback, when it comes to the upcoming stars of the 2014 Nittany Lions there’s a big drop-off. The Penn State Precipice, if you were. [Read More]
Week for Milestones as Frosh Begin Penn State Football, Rutgers & Maryland Enter B10
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Week for Milestones as Frosh Begin Penn State Football, Rutgers & Maryland Enter B10
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
On Tuesday, Maryland and Rutgers officially join the Big Ten Conference. On Wednesday, James Franklin’s first freshman class will be official Penn State students. And you thought the Fourth of July was the big day this week. [Read More]
Penn State Football: New PSU Athletic Director Will Be Franklin’s Fifth in Four Years
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Penn State Football: New PSU Athletic Director Will Be Franklin’s Fifth in Four Years
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Athletic directors at Maryland, Vanderbilt and Penn State have hired James Franklin to be their head coach -- or, in the case of the Terps, their head coach-in-waiting. In almost every case, they still love this guy... [Read More]
Penn State Football: Small Senior Group Carries Big Leadership Burden
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Penn State Football: Small Senior Group Carries Big Leadership Burden
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
On its 2014 roster Penn State has only 11 healthy seniors in their final year of eligibility. That's why underclassmen like Mailk Golden and Jordan Lucas (in the accompanying photo) need to take on leadership roles. [Read More]
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