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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 Odd Couple of Penn State Football: James Franklin & John Donovan
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The Odd Couple of Penn State Football: James Franklin & John Donovan
3 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The two Penn State coaches have been together for 11 years. And counting. If anyone is Franklin’s work spouse, it’s Donovan, who says: “We find a happy medium in there somewhere.” [Read More]
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Penn State Football: James Franklin's First 100 Days
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Penn State Football: James Franklin's First 100 Days
4 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
In his first semester at Penn State, Franklin has dominated everything from the national recruiting landscape to the selfies in Pegula. He's been everywhere, man. [Read More]
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Penn State Football: Lack of Depth Can Have Its Advantages
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Penn State Football: Lack of Depth Can Have Its Advantages
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Fewer scholarships, thinner depth charts, shiftier positioning, mounting injuries – they all may mean more PT for certain PSU football players. And that’s A-OK with them. [Read More]
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Penn State Football: No Longer a Stand-up, Zettel is Still Funny
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Penn State Football: No Longer a Stand-up, Zettel is Still Funny
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
As much as Penn State's newest defensive tackle loves the sport, he is quietly delighted when someone’s being played. He’s one of those people who literally is his name – definitely more Zettel than Anthony. [Read More]
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Penn State Football: James Franklin Wins The Day in a Shutout
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Penn State Football: James Franklin Wins The Day in a Shutout
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
For James Franklin, the game is never over. And that’s even after every single one of the 72,000 or so fans who showed up for Saturday's annual Blue-White Game had left Beaver Stadium. [Read More]
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Penn Staters in National Media, on College Football Beats Weigh in on James Franklin
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Penn Staters in National Media, on College Football Beats Weigh in on James Franklin
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
We polled five Penn State grads who cover sports for a living for their take on PSU football. They're from national platforms like USA Today, 247Sports and ESPN.com, and on college football beats covering Indiana, Syracuse and Notre Dame. [Read More]
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James Franklin's 62% Solution for Penn State Football
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James Franklin's 62% Solution for Penn State Football
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“...you’ve got the history, the tradition and the facility...,” James Franklin says. "It’s the other things we’ve got to get going -- because although this place has got an unbelievable tradition and history, if you look at the last 10 years, that hasn’t been the case.” [Read More]
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Penn State Football: For James Franklin & Staff, It’s Academic
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Penn State Football: For James Franklin & Staff, It’s Academic
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
New system, new coaches, new freshmen. Coaching at PSU is part (bachelor of) arts, part (bachelor of) science. Says James Franklin of his staff, which holds 23 college degrees: “We have great teachers." [Read More]
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Penn State Football: James Franklin’s Friends & Framily Plan Penn State Football: James Franklin’s Friends & Framily Plan
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Here’s a sampling of Holuba Hall visitors on Saturday: The coaching staff from Pittsburgh’s fabled North Allegheny High School, student leaders from Nittanyville, a run-on player's dad and nearly 50 media members, from the Lehigh Valley to Lancaster to Lions247. [Read More]
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Penn State Football: Whatever Happened to the Supa Six?
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Penn State Football: Whatever Happened to the Supa Six?
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Deion Barnes yearns for the Six Old Days, as he shared the other day on Twitter with the 6,387 followers of his @DBarnes_18. “Just thinking back.. never forgot them guys.. #supasix.” [Read More]
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