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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

Penn State Football: Shouldn’t Penn Staters Apply? The Odds Against Golden, Munchak Were 35-2
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Penn State Football: Shouldn’t Penn Staters Apply? The Odds Against Golden, Munchak Were 35-2
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Did Al Golden or Mike Munchak really have a chance to be the Nittany Lions' next head football coach? After all, they’re Penn State graduates. Actually, the numbers were stacked against the two alumni. By how much? 35 to 2. [Read More]
Penn State Football: The Final Key to the Franklin Mint
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Penn State Football: The Final Key to the Franklin Mint
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin will have to officially wait to become Penn State's next head football coach until Saturday, when the new Compensation Committee of the PSU Board of Trustees will meet to most likely give a green (for money) thumbs-up on his contract. [Read More]
Penn State Coaching Search: What I’ve Heard Is Telling
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Penn State Coaching Search: What I’ve Heard Is Telling
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
I’ve been told that … James Franklin was on an airplane. And that he wasn’t. I’ve been told that … James Franklin was on an airplane. And then he wasn’t. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Players Here, Search for Coach Optional
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Penn State Football: Players Here, Search for Coach Optional
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
When Penn State's new head coach stands at the front of the team room in Lasch Building within the next week, it will be some players' fifth such leader since 2010. Three head coaches, two interim head coaches and one large headache. Or so you would think. Incorrectly. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Al Golden Sidesteps Coaching Search Questions on Miami Radio Penn State Football: Al Golden Sidesteps Coaching Search Questions on Miami Radio
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
On the day after a job offer never came, Al Golden began his Manic Monday by refusing to directly address whether he interviewed with Penn State over the weekend about its vacant football head coach position: “I'm not a candidate. I’m excited to be here." [Read More]
Penn State Football: About The Golden Moment… Al's Heart Hasn't Changed
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Penn State Football: About The Golden Moment… Al's Heart Hasn't Changed
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
With a presser and a coaches' meeting scheduled for Monday, Al Golden was under the gun. He wanted to be the head football coach at Penn State. To accept an offer, Golden had to be asked. Penn State, faced with its own timetable, wasn't ready to extend an offer. It may not be over... [Read More]
Penn State Football Coaching Search: As Of Sunday, The Plane Truth Penn State Football Coaching Search: As Of Sunday, The Plane Truth
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The search committee tasked with finding Penn State’s next head football coach left University Park Airport on Saturday morning bound for South Florida. As of Sunday morning, the committee has yet to return to State College. Could it be in Nashville to interview James Franklin and/or Mike Munchak? [Read More]
Penn State Football: What Al Golden’s PSU Coaching Staff Might Look Like
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Penn State Football: What Al Golden’s PSU Coaching Staff Might Look Like
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
If Al Golden is named head coach at his alma mater, he'll need to hire nine assistant coaches. Don't worry: Al knows who to call. Since graduating from Penn State in 1991, Golden has made seven stops in six locations -- so he has a smart phone full of contacts. [Read More]
Penn State Football Coaching Search: What Will Bill O'Brien Tell James Franklin?
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Penn State Football Coaching Search: What Will Bill O'Brien Tell James Franklin?
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Vanderbilt's James Franklin, a possible candidate for the Penn State head coach's job, was an assistant at Maryland. And such, he has a former Terp co-worker who is uniquely qualified to tell Franklin what coaching at PSU is all about these days. That guy's name? Bill O'Brien. [Read More]
Analysis: Penn State Athletic Director Formally Announces Bill O'Brien's Resignation
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Analysis: Penn State Athletic Director Formally Announces Bill O'Brien's Resignation
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman, Ben Jones, Steve Bauer
Penn State AD David Joyner holds a news conference to talk about Bill O'Brien's departure and the search for a new head football coach. StateCollege.com sports reporter Ben Jones and columnist Mike Poorman break down the story in our video report. [Read More]
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