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Mike Poorman

Mike Poorman has covered Penn State football since 1979, and for StateCollege.com since the 2009 season. His column appears on Mondays and Fridays. 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 Aim? Make a Run ‘Consistently’
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Penn State Football: Franklin’s Aim? Make a Run ‘Consistently’
75 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“I don’t want to be a program that every three or four years, we have a really good run,” pronounced James Franklin on the Coaches Caravan. “I want to be a program that can do it consistently. And there’s only a handful of programs that do that.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: Inside James Franklin’s Battle for the Big Ten East
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Penn State Football: Inside James Franklin’s Battle for the Big Ten East
75 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“All animals are equal,” George Orwell wrote, “but some animals are more equal than others.” For the modern-day football team at what was once Farmers’ High School, that’s also true. An Ohio State or a Michigan is more important than an App State or a Kent State. Year-round. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Franklin Seeks Coaching Staff Stability
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Penn State Football: Franklin Seeks Coaching Staff Stability
76 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
WASHINGTON, D.C. — If assistant coaches “are leaving to become a coordinator, if they’re leaving to become head coaches, then that’s wonderful,” says James Franklin. “But at a Top 10 program like we are now, we shouldn’t be losing to programs with lateral moves.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: What They’re Saying About New Assistants Seider & Corley
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Penn State Football: What They’re Saying About New Assistants Seider & Corley
76 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“Right now, they’re trying to learn our systems,” says head coach James Franklin. ”And then once they have our systems down pat — which they’re pretty far along with that — then that’s when they can bring their perspectives from Army or UConn or West Virginia or from Florida.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: Franklin’s Top 15 Coaches Caravan Quotes (Plus a Brief Tour History)
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Penn State Football: Franklin’s Top 15 Coaches Caravan Quotes (Plus a Brief Tour History)
77 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State kicks off its sixth Coaches Caravan in seven years on Tuesday: NYC to Philly to D.C. You can measure how far the university and the football program have come since 2012 by how far they do not have to travel in 2018. [Read More]
What Are the Odds of a Penn Stater Making it as a NFL Undrafted Free Agent?
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What Are the Odds of a Penn Stater Making it as a NFL Undrafted Free Agent?
77 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Since 1960, 69 Penn Staters have made it to The League as an undrafted free agent, including the likes of Robbie Gould, Matt McGloin and Cameron Wake. Who’s next? [Read More]
NFL Draft: Barkley to Join a Run of Penn State RB First-Round Picks
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NFL Draft: Barkley to Join a Run of Penn State RB First-Round Picks
78 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
When Saquon Barkley (26) is selected in tonight's NFL Draft, he'll be the 11th Nittany Lion running back picked in the first round — joining Lenny Moore (42) and Ki-Jana Carter (32). [Read More]
Penn State Football Staff's #Oneteam: Pry Stepped Aside for Spencer Promotion
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Penn State Football Staff's #Oneteam: Pry Stepped Aside for Spencer Promotion
78 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“Coach Spencer and I are awfully good buddies,” Brent Pry said after Saturday’s Blue-White Game. “Spence had a lot of teams come courting him. He does a great job in our program and we wanted to make sure he stayed here.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: The Elusive Ingredient Franklin is Still Seeking for 2018
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Penn State Football: The Elusive Ingredient Franklin is Still Seeking for 2018
79 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin is working on his grip this spring: Coaching is like “holding the bird of life in your hand," to paraphrase the late conductor Sir Colin Davis. “Hold it too tight and it dies. Hold it too lightly and it flies away.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: How to Win the Blue-White Game
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Penn State Football: How to Win the Blue-White Game
79 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
If Penn State matches its 2017 spring game attendance of 71,000 at Saturday’s Blue-White Game in Beaver Stadium, it could likely finish in the Top 3 nationally in attendance-wise this year. [Read More]
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