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Mike Poorman has covered Penn State football since 1979 -- the past seven seasons for StateCollege.com. 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: Bill O’Brien’s Other Depth Charts
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Penn State Football: Bill O’Brien’s Other Depth Charts
111 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The depth displayed on pages 31-34 of the Nittany Lions’ 2013 spring media guide may be almost as important as Thursday's preseason depth chart. That’s where the biographies of the Penn State's nine assistant coaches are located, as well as the photos of four recruiting-related staffers. [Read More]
Penn State Football: 6 Common Commencement Themes by Paterno and O’Brien, 40 Years Apart
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Penn State Football: 6 Common Commencement Themes by Paterno and O’Brien, 40 Years Apart
111 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Bill O’Brien made his commencement address on Friday, speaking to the seniors of Walt Whitman High School (Md.). Four decades earlier, Joe Paterno took the stage in Beaver Stadium to address the graduating seniors of Penn State. Here's a look at six common themes of the two speeches. [Read More]
Penn State Football: O’Brien Takes the Field as Niece’s Commencement Speaker
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Penn State Football: O’Brien Takes the Field as Niece’s Commencement Speaker
112 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Bill O'Brien's niece, Katie O'Brien, is a senior at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Md. At her graduation ceremonies today, her famous uncle says he will talk about how it is important it is “to have a good work ethic, to be humble and to give back to others.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: Game in Ireland Would Cost Bowl-Starved Fans Some Green
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Penn State Football: Game in Ireland Would Cost Bowl-Starved Fans Some Green
112 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
If Penn State plays Central Florida in Ireland next year, the trip could cost $3,000 to $4,000 per person. But with PSU unable to play in the postseason until 2016, it may be worth it for fans starved for a quality away contest – even if they have to travel 3,297 miles to get it. [Read More]
Penn State Football: A Year Later, It’s About McGinn and Not McGloin
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Penn State Football: A Year Later, It’s About McGinn and Not McGloin
113 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Last year at this time, everyone was talking about Matt McGloin, Penn State’s new starting quarterback. This week, we saw and heard and read about Dan McGinn, The Paterno Family PR Guy, part of a troika that appeared on television with Bob Costas. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Bill O’Brien’s Map Quest for Navigating the Sanctions
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Penn State Football: Bill O’Brien’s Map Quest for Navigating the Sanctions
113 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Bill O’Brien has looked down a lot of avenues for direction on how to handle the unprecedented sanctions levied on Penn State. Evan at that, it’s a course that is largely self-navigated. “There is no road map,” he says. “Maybe we can be the road map.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: O’Brien Is Happily Defensive About This Decision
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Penn State Football: O’Brien Is Happily Defensive About This Decision
114 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien made a big staffing decision nine days into 2013 that didn’t make Sports Illustrated-like national headlines. But, in this early January case, he used many of the same decision-making criteria that matched the thinking which was roundly criticized last week by [Read More]
500 Days of Bill O’Brien and Penn State Football: The Biggest 53
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500 Days of Bill O’Brien and Penn State Football: The Biggest 53
114 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Tuesday marks Bill O'Brien's 500th day as Penn State's head football coach. No one has had a tougher task in sports. Maybe ever. We look back at the 53 biggest days – historic, challenging, disappointing, frustrating, exciting. Some days, it was all of them in one. [Read More]
After 497 Days, Bill O’Brien’s Job is Still More Than Just Penn State Football
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After 497 Days, Bill O’Brien’s Job is Still More Than Just Penn State Football
115 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
As much as he says he doesn’t want to be, O'Brien has been The Face of Penn State athletics and The Pennsylvania State University. That could be ending, he angrily hinted this week: "I'm not the coach of unity. I'm the football coach." [Read More]
Penn State Football’s Bill O’Brien: ‘We Got a Lot of Time’ for Christian Hackenberg
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Penn State Football’s Bill O’Brien: ‘We Got a Lot of Time’ for Christian Hackenberg
115 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
You don’t shoot Kate Upton for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue then put her on page 117. Same goes for Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg. It’s a little hard to see him riding the bench, especially since Bill O'Brien says Hack has plenty of time to pick up the offense. [Read More]
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