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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 and the NCAA Sanctions: $2.7 Million of Education and its Sense
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Penn State Football and the NCAA Sanctions: $2.7 Million of Education and its Sense
29 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The NCAA on Tuesday did what it was in large part designed to do: Help give high school athletes a college education. The result? 65 new (or, actually, rightfully returned) years of college at Penn State. Estimated worth: $2.7 million. [Read More]
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Penn State Football: Q&A with Bill O'Brien About Reduction in NCAA Sanctions Penn State Football: Q&A with Bill O'Brien About Reduction in NCAA Sanctions
29 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Q: ...What is your initial reaction? O’Brien: ...We’ve got a long way to go here at Penn State. We’re happy right now for our players; our student-athletes that are here and our football program. They’re a resilient bunch of kids. [Read More]
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Fran Fisher is 90 Today. We're the Ones Getting Presence
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Fran Fisher is 90 Today. We're the Ones Getting Presence
30 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Fran Fisher is Penn State. Loyal and true blue, high ideals, not blind to the school’s faults, but not in a blind range about them either. Fran Fisher was all things Penn State as a broadcaster -- TV Quarterbacks, football, wrestling, basketball, radio call-in shows. Fran Fisher? He's a legend [Read More]
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Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Rain Over Kent State, 34-0 Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Rain Over Kent State, 34-0
30 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The Penn State defense threw its first shutout of 2013, Zack Zwinak ran for three touchdowns, Sam Ficken kicked a 54-yard field goal and Akeel Lynch ran for 123 yards on 14 carries as Penn State upped its record to 3-1 heading into a bye week. [Read More]
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Penn State Football: Bill O’Brien’s NFL-Like Roster is 'Next Play Up'
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Penn State Football: Bill O’Brien’s NFL-Like Roster is 'Next Play Up'
30 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The Nittany Lions played only 52 players against Syracuse and 50 versus Central Florida. At 166 plays a game, the margin for error is already small anyway. But for PSU in The Sanction Error, it can truly be a Doggy Dogg World. [Read More]
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Penn State Football: At 2-1, The Glass is Two-Thirds Full
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Penn State Football: At 2-1, The Glass is Two-Thirds Full
31 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
With Kent State slated to play Saturday in Beaver Stadium and an open weekend after that, let’s take a look at the areas of the Nittany football team that currently measure up at a 2-1 rate that equals 8-4. [Read More]
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Penn State Football: Central Florida nips Nittany Lions, 34-31 Penn State Football: Central Florida nips Nittany Lions, 34-31
31 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Big plays by Central Florida and a few crucial mistakes by Penn State gave UCF a down-to-the-wire victory before 92,855 in Beaver Stadium on Saturday night. [Read More]
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Next Penn State Football Jerseys to be Retired: Dunn, Higgins, Triplett, Robinson, Ham, Reid, Blackledge…and Poz
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Next Penn State Football Jerseys to be Retired: Dunn, Higgins, Triplett, Robinson, Ham, Reid, Blackledge…and Poz
31 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Establishing standards would make deciding which Nittany Lion football great should have his jersey retired much easier. A waiting period of 25 years, the need for a Penn State degree and a two hall-of-fame free pass are good places to start. [Read More]
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Penn State Football: Bill O’Brien and George O’Leary Are Inexorably Linked
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Penn State Football: Bill O’Brien and George O’Leary Are Inexorably Linked
32 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The two head coaches facing off in Beaver Stadium on Saturday are decades apart, but they have shared a great deal: Seven seasons at Georgia Tech, less than a week at Notre Dame, key veteran assistants and dealing with NCAA sanctions that were not of their doing. [Read More]
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Penn State Football: A Year Later, a Start That is Two and Oh!
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Penn State Football: A Year Later, a Start That is Two and Oh!
32 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
A year ago at this time Penn State was 0-2. That's now reversed after Penn State defeated Eastern Michigan 45-7 in Beaver Stadium on Saturday. Starting the season with two victories is not as common as you would guess -- the Nittany Lions have done it just six times since 2000. [Read More]
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