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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: Franklin’s Assistant Is a Huff About Lions’ Kicking Game
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Penn State Football: Franklin’s Assistant Is a Huff About Lions’ Kicking Game
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State's new special teams coach wasn't too excited when he learned that Nittany Lion kicker Sam Ficken made just 50% of his field goal attempts over the final five games of the 2013 season. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Breaking Down Franklin’s Contract
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Penn State Football: Breaking Down Franklin’s Contract
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Switching from Bill O’Brien to James Franklin as its head football coach will put Penn State about $3.75 million to the good for 2014 – with about $1 million extra in the till for next year as well. [Read More]
Penn State Football Quarterback: Hackenberg and the Franklin Staff’s Seven Starters
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Penn State Football Quarterback: Hackenberg and the Franklin Staff’s Seven Starters
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State coach James Franklin and his assistants have mentored seven different starting college quarterbacks, including three over the past three seasons at Vanderbilt. How does Nittany Lion QB Christian Hackenberg stack up? [Read More]
Penn State Football: Franklin and O'Brien Staffs Linked By One Degree of Separation Penn State Football: Franklin and O'Brien Staffs Linked By One Degree of Separation
41 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Led by head coach James Franklin, five of Penn State’s new coaches played for or coached with six of Penn State’s old coaches, including Bill O’Brien. Former PSU assistant Ron Vanderlinden hired Franklin to be an assistant at Maryland, where Vanderlinden was head coach. [Read More]
Franklin Completes Penn State Football Staff: Former Nittany Lion Terry Smith, Ex-Vandy O-Line Coach Herb Hand Franklin Completes Penn State Football Staff: Former Nittany Lion Terry Smith, Ex-Vandy O-Line Coach Herb Hand
41 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State head coach James Franklin has added former Nittany Lion wide receiver Terry Smith former Vanderbilt offensive line coach Herb Hand. That makes 10 hires, nine former Vandy assistants. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Franklin’s New Staff Gets A Big Bonus In Hackenberg
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Penn State Football: Franklin’s New Staff Gets A Big Bonus In Hackenberg
41 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Other than James Franklin himself, there is no one more integral to the Penn State's head coach success in his inaugural season than his star incumbent quarterback, sophomore-to-be Christian Hackenberg. [Read More]
Vander State? Franklin Bringing All Of His Old Staff: It's 8 Down, 2 To Go
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Vander State? Franklin Bringing All Of His Old Staff: It's 8 Down, 2 To Go
41 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State's new head football coach promised “fierce loyalty” to his Vanderbilt staff when he was introduced on Saturday, didn’t he? He's made good on that vow so far: All eight hires worked with him at Vanderbilt. None have played or coached football at Penn State. [Read More]
Penn State Football: LJ Leaves for Ohio State; PSU Hires Vandy OC Donovan, DL Coach Spencer Penn State Football: LJ Leaves for Ohio State; PSU Hires Vandy OC Donovan, DL Coach Spencer
42 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State has lost long-time popular defensive line coach Larry Johnson to Ohio State. Meanwhile, Penn State gains a pair of Vanderbilt assistant coaches in offensive coordinator John Donovan and defensive line coach Sean Spencer. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Hiring Staff is Biggest Decision of Franklin's Career
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Penn State Football: Hiring Staff is Biggest Decision of Franklin's Career
42 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Michigan's Brady Hoke hired Doug Nussmeier away from Alabama. The Crimson Tide's Nick Saban countered by hiring Lane Kiffin. That's setting a very high bar. Those are Big Boy moves. And now, new Penn State head coach James Franklin must put on Big Boy Pants of his own. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Franklin to Bring Four Key Assistants From Vanderbilt Penn State Football: Franklin to Bring Four Key Assistants From Vanderbilt
42 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State's new head football coach, James Franklin, has hired leaders from four key areas of the Vanderbilt football program to join his Nittany Lions coaching and training staffs. [Read More]
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