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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, Pennsylvania and Bill O’Brien: The Ties That Bind
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Penn State Football, Pennsylvania and Bill O’Brien: The Ties That Bind
106 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
What a dinner at Penn State's Shenango campus and a chamber of commerce breakfast in Carlisle taught us about the Nittany Lions' head football coach -- and what he learned about being sartorially generous [Read More]
For Starters in 2013, Penn State Football Has 23 Leaders
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For Starters in 2013, Penn State Football Has 23 Leaders
106 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The Year of the Senior is Over. Penn State returns almost two dozen players who own a career start, and from texts to position changes, the Nittany Lions' size and substance of leadership for 2013 is already taking shape. [Read More]
Bill O’Brien’s 6 Principles of Penn State Football
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Bill O’Brien’s 6 Principles of Penn State Football
107 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State football's mission statement is heavy on team, performance and expectations. O’Brien shared the meat and potatoes of his coaching philosophy with a large body of AFCA coaches in Nashville. They ate it up. [Read More]
Penn State Football’s 5:16 a.m. “Party Rock Anthem”
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Penn State Football’s 5:16 a.m. “Party Rock Anthem”
107 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Under Bill O'Brien, early-morning workouts are the norm for the Nittany Lions, even when the wind chill is in the 20s, there's ice on the ground, it is two hours until sunrise and the season-opener is seven months away. [Read More]
Penn State Football’s NCAA Sanctions: Four Down and Twelve To Go
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Penn State Football’s NCAA Sanctions: Four Down and Twelve To Go
108 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Bill O’Brien & Co. weathered the first storm of four consecutive 15-scholarship signing dates quite well, thank you. And who said storm, anyway? Not O’Brien, who put a sunny face on it all. And for good reason. He earned it. [Read More]
Penn State Football: O'Brien Continues to Coach at a Breakneck Pace
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Penn State Football: O'Brien Continues to Coach at a Breakneck Pace
108 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
From Wednesday's signing date to the Blue-White Game on April 20, Bill O'Brien has a lot on his plate – and given all the banquets, often literally. By all accounts, Penn State's second-year head coach shows no signs of easing off the speed he has maintained since last January [Read More]
Penn State Football: Running On is a Pricey Proposition
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Penn State Football: Running On is a Pricey Proposition
109 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
A four-year stint at Penn State could cost a non-scholarship out-of-state player over $200,000. In turn, in this NCAA sanction-era, the dividends may include plenty of playing time under run-on Piped Piper Bill O'Brien as well as the certainty of a national-caliber college education. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Bill O’Brien’s Behind-the-Scenes ‘Supa Seven’
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Penn State Football: Bill O’Brien’s Behind-the-Scenes ‘Supa Seven’
109 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
This septet forms the core of the Penn State head football coach’s closest associates, colleagues, assistants and, in one case, roommate. The group is rooted in Penn State, Pennsylvania and family, and is integral to O'Brien’s -- and Penn State’s -- success. [Read More]
Penn State Football: 10 NFL Tip-Offs for Hiring Bill O’Brien
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Penn State Football: 10 NFL Tip-Offs for Hiring Bill O’Brien
110 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Does Bill fit the bill for being a head coach in the NFL? Unsure of what The League is looking for in its head coaching hires these days, we took a look at the 23 hires made by 19 teams over the past three off-seasons. [Read More]
From A to Z, the Penn State Sports Week That Was
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From A to Z, the Penn State Sports Week That Was
110 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
From AlPacinoing, where Jay Paterno wants to be played by Steve Buscemi, to Zamboni'ing, where painted Philly Flyer fingernails are a PSU classroom prize-winner, here's an alphabetical look at the past week in Penn State athletics. [Read More]
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