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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’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?
37 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
38 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
38 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]
Penn State Football: Franklin Thinks Spring (Practice)
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Penn State Football: Franklin Thinks Spring (Practice)
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
For the Nittany Lions' new head coach, March 17 can't get here soon enough. Yes, he may be perpetually Red Bull ready and Pharrell Williams happy. But, as he noted in an interview on Friday, “it’s challenging and I’m not the most patient guy.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: Matt McGloin and the Ties That Bind
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Penn State Football: Matt McGloin and the Ties That Bind
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Back home in Scranton after a rookie season with the NFL's Oakland Raiders, Matt McGloin has connected with Penn Staters old and new to support a pair of charity fundraisers Saturday in his hometown. [Read More]
Penn State Football’s All-time Rankings for NFL Combine: A-Rob Among Best Ever
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Penn State Football’s All-time Rankings for NFL Combine: A-Rob Among Best Ever
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Former Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson joins Cameron Wake, Justin King, Tim Shaw and Omar Easy as the top performing Nittany Lions in the history of the NFL Combine. Complete rankings inside... [Read More]
28 Assistants in 28 Games in 28 Months: Where Have All the Penn State Football Coaches Gone?
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28 Assistants in 28 Games in 28 Months: Where Have All the Penn State Football Coaches Gone?
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Over the past 28 games played in the past 28 months, the Nittany Lions have had 28 different assistant coaches. That's counting James Franklin’s VanderLions -- not to be confused with Air Force’s Ron Vanderlinden, PSU’s former LBU czar. [Read More]
Penn State Football: At Florida State, Barron Fired A.D. and Waited-Out Scandal
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Penn State Football: At Florida State, Barron Fired A.D. and Waited-Out Scandal
41 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
If Eric Barron is named Penn State's 18th president, he will face many of the same athletics-related challenges he had in his four years leading Florida State. [Read More]
Beloved Penn State Football Traditions: Which Ones Will James Franklin Keep?
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Beloved Penn State Football Traditions: Which Ones Will James Franklin Keep?
41 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State traditions like WhiteOuts and push-ups by the Nittany Lion transcend the head coach. But there is a flip side. With a new head football coach, will any of the others be altered? And what will happen to the names on the back of jerseys? [Read More]
Penn State Football's 2014 Official Roster: 20 Players Remain From Paterno Era
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Penn State Football's 2014 Official Roster: 20 Players Remain From Paterno Era
42 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Adrian Amos is the only current Nittany Lion to have played in the final Penn State game coached by Joe Paterno, plus all of those coached by Tom Bradley and Bill O'Brien. Overall, 20 of the 97 players on PSU's newly-released roster spent part of their career playing for Paterno. [Read More]
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