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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

Back Home on PSU Soil, James Franklin Lauds the Nittany Lions’ “It Factor”
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Back Home on PSU Soil, James Franklin Lauds the Nittany Lions’ “It Factor”
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“The most important thing is that we have that ingredient, which is that we know how to win,” says Franklin (left, with Christian Hackenberg). “When I talk about the ingredient, ‘it’ is what I’m talking about.” [Read More]
Some Openers “Pretty Cool” & Others Not So Much for Franklin, Penn State Football
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Some Openers “Pretty Cool” & Others Not So Much for Franklin, Penn State Football
5 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
In two season-openers as East Stroudsburg's quarterback, James Franklin had 524 passing yards, five TD passes and two victories. Since then -- and including Saturday in Dublin -- the first game has often been a bit more challenging for Penn State's new head coach. [Read More]
What's in Store After Ireland for Penn State Football? The Good, The Bad & Howard
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What's in Store After Ireland for Penn State Football? The Good, The Bad & Howard
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Good: An aggregate 7-2 record for college teams playing the week after being in Ireland. Bad: Kickoff times of 8:30 a.m., noon and 8 p.m. Howard: A (very) common opponent. [Read More]
Penn State Football: You See A Lot By Watching James Franklin’s Radio Show
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Penn State Football: You See A Lot By Watching James Franklin’s Radio Show
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
For James Franklin, the headphones slid right on. And that’s not just because of his haircut. Thursday night, with #198 fans on-hand and an audience across five states, was not his first radio rodeo. [Read More]
James & The Giant Pitch: Penn State Football and The Franklin Effect
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James & The Giant Pitch: Penn State Football and The Franklin Effect
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Perhaps the most amazing quality about James Franklin is that his goals become your goals, too. Yours, as in future freshmen, fans, followers on Twitter, fellow coaches, football players, frontline staff, front-running media and fund-raisers. This guy is F’ing contagious. [Read More]
Penn State Football: James Franklin & His 7(!) Captains
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Penn State Football: James Franklin & His 7(!) Captains
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
There’s a father, a Linebacker U dad and a husband. There’s a kicker and an injured vet. There’s a self-proclaimed dollar value (left, Jesse Della Valle). And then there’s a star quarterback, the baby of the group – in age only. [Read More]
Countdown to Dublin: Cornell Honors Add to Rahne’s Cred as QB Coach
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Countdown to Dublin: Cornell Honors Add to Rahne’s Cred as QB Coach
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Ricky Rahne's Hall of Fame career at Cornell -- featuring 54 touchdown passes and 33 records by the time he graduated -- gives him unique insight to coaching the Nittany Lions' quarterbacks. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Power 5 Cost-of-Attendance Payout May Be Thousands Per Athlete
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Penn State Football: Power 5 Cost-of-Attendance Payout May Be Thousands Per Athlete
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The power the NCAA gave to the Power 5 conferences on Thursday could put an extra $2,000 to $5,000 per year in the pocket of a Penn State athlete on a full scholarship. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Opener in Ireland is Homeland Advantage for John Donovan
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Penn State Football: Opener in Ireland is Homeland Advantage for John Donovan
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
When Penn State plays in Dublin, Ireland, to open the 2014 season, Central Florida’s coach may be named George O’Leary. But it’s Nittany Lion offensive coordinator John Donovan who has a dual Irish-United States passport and a cheering section full of Irish relatives. [Read More]
From the Archives: Field Day for Joe Paterno at Penn State Football's 2009 Media Day
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From the Archives: Field Day for Joe Paterno at Penn State Football's 2009 Media Day
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Monday’s Media Day officially kicks off James Franklin’s first season as Penn State’s head football coach. For a study in contrasts with an era now twice gone by, here’s my Aug. 13, 2009, account of Penn State’s Media Day five years ago, presided over by Joe Paterno. [Read More]
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