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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 Penn State Fans, It Ain’t Been Easy Being Blue The Past 15 Years
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For Penn State Fans, It Ain’t Been Easy Being Blue The Past 15 Years
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Over the past decade-and-a-half, Penn State football fans have been STEPed on, Joe Must Go’d, coached from the press box, scandaled, fired, sanctioned, vacated, poached, scholar-stripped, parking passed, no bowled, bowled over and Houston Texaned. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Big Ten TD Tally is Offense 8, Defense 1 Penn State Football: Big Ten TD Tally is Offense 8, Defense 1
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
CHAMPAIGN, ILL. -- Touchdown drives are where it’s at. Drives ending in FGs are OK, but sometimes they yield nothing out of what should have been something – like Sam Ficken’s aborted Gulla-washer of a 20-yard attempt against Illinois on Saturday. [Read More]
Penn State Football Shows Groundhog Day in Final Minutes vs. Illinois
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Penn State Football Shows Groundhog Day in Final Minutes vs. Illinois
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
CHAMPAIGN, ILL. -- James Franklin’s birthday is on Feb. 2. That's Groundhog Day. The latter came 11 weeks early on Saturday. Which probably took years off the life of the former. Unfortunately for the Nittany Lions, it was deja blew all over again. [Read More]
 Popping Champaign: Penn State’s Record Ranks No. 43 Since Mauti’s Pick
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Popping Champaign: Penn State’s Record Ranks No. 43 Since Mauti’s Pick
5 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
On Saturday, the Nittany Lions return to the scene of the sublime – where they beat their mortal enemy, Tim Beckman, and the Illini, 35-7, back in 2012. It was a statement game and one that set the tenor for the next three seasons. [Read More]
Penn State Players Offer Compliments for Complementary Football
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Penn State Players Offer Compliments for Complementary Football
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State had a 15-minute burst in the second half against Temple that produced its best overall football of the season and a 30-13 victory. “That’s where the momentum changed,” said defensive tackle Anthony Zettel. “We really rode the train on that one." [Read More]
Penn State Football: It Took Miles, But Offensive Line Finally Adds Up Penn State Football: It Took Miles, But Offensive Line Finally Adds Up
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
With Miles Dieffenbach and Donovan Smith playing side-by-side for the first time in 350 days, the Nittany Lions ran 46 times for 254 yards against Temple, their most rushing yardage in a dozen games. [Read More]
Tallying Up Bowl Ban Shows How Deep Sanctions Have Hit Penn State Football
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Tallying Up Bowl Ban Shows How Deep Sanctions Have Hit Penn State Football
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Big Ten bowl revenues of $18 million, a roster with only 18 players who have bowl experience, 30 lost practices. Unfortunately for Penn State those kind of numbers add up. [Read More]
Penn State Football: The Right Shoop Brother Landed in Lasch
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Penn State Football: The Right Shoop Brother Landed in Lasch
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
At one point, there was a very outside shot that defensive coordinator Bob wouldn’t be the first Shoop from Oakmont, Pa., to work in Lasch. John, his younger brother by three years, had a resume that caught the eye of a PSU search committee a few offseasons ago. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Coach James Franklin, Meet Andy The Sports Stats Prof
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Penn State Football: Coach James Franklin, Meet Andy The Sports Stats Prof
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State statistics lecturer Andy Wiesner says he could’ve predicted the Nittany Lions' penultimate drive against Maryland last Saturday would fail. Really. And in real time, as things were happening in Beaver Stadium. [Read More]
Penn State’s Stretch Run for Bowl Bid Could Get Sacked
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Penn State’s Stretch Run for Bowl Bid Could Get Sacked
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State has not won in 44 days...and counting. And Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg has been sacked 30 times...and counting. If those numbers don't change, and soon, the Nittany Lions could miss out on the postseason. [Read More]
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