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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

Top 10 Bowl Game Moments in Penn State Football History
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Top 10 Bowl Game Moments in Penn State Football History
10 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
From Gregg Garrity's diving catch in the 1983 Sugar Bowl to Ki-Jana Carter's touchdown burst in the 1995 Rose Bowl, here are some Penn State postseason moments -- and video clips -- to bowl you over. [Read More]
The Friday the 13th That Will Live in Infamy for Penn State, Pitt & Temple
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The Friday the 13th That Will Live in Infamy for Penn State, Pitt & Temple
4 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Over the past four seasons, "The Big Three" in Pennsylvania football have had a combined record of 76-75 record and -- with Pitt's upcoming hire -- a total of 13 head coaches. We should have seen this coming on May 13, 2011. [Read More]
Penn State’s Bob Shoop Has Resume, References for Head Coaching Job
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Penn State’s Bob Shoop Has Resume, References for Head Coaching Job
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop says he’s not looking to become a head coach again. Not right now, anyway. “Like any coach who is professionally motivated,” he said, “if it were the right opportunity and someone showed interest in me, I would listen.” [Read More]
Ranking the Top (and Bottom) 12 Penn State Quarterbacks to Transfer
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Ranking the Top (and Bottom) 12 Penn State Quarterbacks to Transfer
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Jeff Hostetler is the best QB ever to leave Penn State for another school (West Virginia). Michael O’Connor is just the latest to leave. And he did so a la Pat Devlin, who is No. 2 in the long lion of quarterbacks who have transferred from unHappy Valley. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Bowl No. 3 in Year 5 For 7 Super Seniors
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Penn State Football: Bowl No. 3 in Year 5 For 7 Super Seniors
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“I didn’t think it was going to happen,” said senior co-captain Mike Hull. “I thought we were just going to play 12 games for each other...and just live with that the rest of my career.” [Read More]
New Hire by Michigan, Bounce Back by Penn State Key to Big Ten's Future
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New Hire by Michigan, Bounce Back by Penn State Key to Big Ten's Future
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“If James Franklin can push Penn State to their previous station in the Top 10,” says Ann Arbor-based author John U. Bacon, “and Michigan can land a coach to do the same, you have one of the toughest divisions in college football.” [Read More]
Penn State: The Beginning of The End of The Sanction Error
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Penn State: The Beginning of The End of The Sanction Error
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The NCAA’s on-the-field sanctions against Penn State ended Saturday at 6:55 p.m. It coincided with the conclusion of the Nittany Lions' regular-season-ending 34-10 loss to Michigan State. But the impact of the sanctions has an expiration date still a couple years in the future. [Read More]
Penn State's Offense: Lynch & Hamilton Get 24% of the Touches, 40% of the Yards Penn State's Offense: Lynch & Hamilton Get 24% of the Touches, 40% of the Yards
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton and running back Akeel Lynch lead the Penn State offense in receiving and rushing in 2014. Together, they've accounted for almost 40% of the Nittany Lions’ yards, while getting the ball only a combined 24% of the plays. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Getting Less Defensive About Close Losses
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Penn State Football: Getting Less Defensive About Close Losses
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that at this time of the year, the way our roster is, we’re getting worn out,” says coach James Franklin (left). “Especially our defense." He's right: In crunch time, the PSU D is giving up a score just about every other possession. [Read More]
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
4 weeks 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]
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