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Mike Poorman

Mike Poorman has covered Penn State football since 1979 -- the past seven seasons for StateCollege.com. His column appears on Mondays and Fridays. 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

Four Friends & Fran Fisher: A Glimpse Beyond the Mic
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Four Friends & Fran Fisher: A Glimpse Beyond the Mic
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
A different look at the late Fran Fisher, from a trio of dear, decades-long dear friends plus a recent grad, who represents the scores of young reporters who Fran supported for a half-century. [Read More]
Fran Fisher’s Biggest Fans Were Bill O’Brien and James Franklin… And the Feeling Was Mutual
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Fran Fisher’s Biggest Fans Were Bill O’Brien and James Franklin… And the Feeling Was Mutual
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Fran Fisher spent the last four years of his legendary Nittany Lion life with a ringside seat watching Joe Paterno’s able successors with a glint in his eye that signified relief, happiness and hope. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Coaching is a Family Calling for Brent Pry
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Penn State Football: Coaching is a Family Calling for Brent Pry
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“I may be home, but I may in the driveway on the phone for an hour,” Pry said. “...You may come in, tuck them in and read the (kids) a book or two. Then you’re back on the phone. When that four-star calls and wants to talk, you’re going to take the phone call.” [Read More]
Why It’s James and Not Jim Franklin: The Roots of the Story
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Why It’s James and Not Jim Franklin: The Roots of the Story
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Simple question, long answer: Life with a single mom, spent in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh; the influence of many aunts, well-educated despite their cotton-pickin’ childhood; and a family tree rooted in Rocky Mount, N.C. [Read More]
Penn State Football: The Offseason Is Half Over, But The Real Transition Continues
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Penn State Football: The Offseason Is Half Over, But The Real Transition Continues
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin has the task of rehabbing the facilities, reemphasizing (but not redoing) the core brand, recruiting much deeper and earlier, refocusing the national media and returning Penn State to seasons of double-digit victories. (The last time that happened? 11-2 in 2009.) [Read More]
Penn State’s Best NFL Draft Class Ever – 1987 or 2003? Ranking the All-time Top 10
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Penn State’s Best NFL Draft Class Ever – 1987 or 2003? Ranking the All-time Top 10
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
NFL Draft quantity vs. quality - which is better? Penn State's Class of 1987 featured 13 draft picks overall and two first-rounders, while the 2003 group featured four first-round selections and two in the second. [Read More]
Is Von Walker the Most Interesting Man on Penn State Football’s Defense?
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Is Von Walker the Most Interesting Man on Penn State Football’s Defense?
41 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“…Von Walker, who had an exceptional spring, by the way,” says Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop. “Let me make sure that I provide that information. Von Walker is arguably the most improved player on the defensive side of the ball.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: As a Leader, Trevor Williams is Cool Like Billy Dee
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Penn State Football: As a Leader, Trevor Williams is Cool Like Billy Dee
41 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“Trevor’s just cool out there. He doesn’t make mistakes,” says defensive coordinator Bob Shoop. “He’s cool, he’s calculated. He just does his job. I feel so comfortable and so confident with him out there manning the field corner position.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: Shoop Not Defensive About Decision to Stay
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Penn State Football: Shoop Not Defensive About Decision to Stay
42 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State football publicist Kris Petersen, who was trying to shoo Bob Shoop off to a team picnic, told the coach it was time for him to leave a post-game media session. “Ah, man,” Shoop said. “Do I have to go?” No, actually, he didn’t. So Shoop stayed. [Read More]
The Blue-White Game Star a Year Later: Inside the Football Soul of Cole Chiappialle
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The Blue-White Game Star a Year Later: Inside the Football Soul of Cole Chiappialle
42 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The passing of his mother, two TDs in the Blue-White Game, two knee surgeries, 16 carries vs. UMass, a transfer to Shippensburg. Cole Chiappialle: “The past year was a whirlwind... I had ups and downs, but it was definitely fun. It's something I’ll always remember. It’s how life goes.” [Read More]
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