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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

James Franklin's 62% Solution for Penn State Football
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James Franklin's 62% Solution for Penn State Football
37 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]
Penn State Football: For James Franklin & Staff, It’s Academic
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Penn State Football: For James Franklin & Staff, It’s Academic
37 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]
Penn State Football: James Franklin’s Friends & Framily Plan Penn State Football: James Franklin’s Friends & Framily Plan
38 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]
Penn State Football: Whatever Happened to the Supa Six?
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Penn State Football: Whatever Happened to the Supa Six?
38 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]
Penn State Football: James Franklin is Among Denny Douds’ Many Victories
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Penn State Football: James Franklin is Among Denny Douds’ Many Victories
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
To truly get James Franklin, it helps to meet East Stroudsburg coaching legend Denny Douds. Franklin’s enthusiasm and energy aren’t boundless. They’re Doudsless. [Read More]
Penn State Football: For Anthony Alosi, Hope (and New Coaches) Spring Eternal
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Penn State Football: For Anthony Alosi, Hope (and New Coaches) Spring Eternal
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
No current Penn State player or coach knows Nittany Lion football in March better than Anthony Alosi, who -- like the swallows of Capistrano -- returns to the fields where he's spent springs practicing for both Paterno and O'Brien. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Franklin Practice Day 1, NCAA Sanctions Day 601
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Penn State Football: Franklin Practice Day 1, NCAA Sanctions Day 601
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
It’s only 166 days, appropriately enough on this St. Patty’s Day, until James Franklin coaches his first game as Penn State’s 16th head coach – in Dublin, Ireland, of all places. It is also Day No. 601 of the NCAA’s sanctions on Penn State football. Only 900 or so more to go. [Read More]
Penn State Football’s Quarterback WAR: How Many Wins is Hackenberg Worth?
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Penn State Football’s Quarterback WAR: How Many Wins is Hackenberg Worth?
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
When it comes to Wins Above Replacement, sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg is the Nittany Lion football equivalent of another phenom, the Angels' Mike Trout. [Read More]
Penn State Football Made Severance Payments of $2.5 Million in 2012-13
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Penn State Football Made Severance Payments of $2.5 Million in 2012-13
41 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
According to Penn State’s reports made to the NCAA, the university's athletic department paid $956,330 in football severance payments in 2012. And it paid $1,547,297 in severance payments in 2013. [Read More]
Penn State Football: The James Franklin Mint of Staff Loyalty
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Penn State Football: The James Franklin Mint of Staff Loyalty
41 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State's head football coach, about his assistants: "I wanted to surround myself with guys that are loyal. When I say loyal, I mean loyal to Penn State University, loyal to James Franklin and are fired up about being here..." [Read More]
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