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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

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
111 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
111 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
112 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]
Penn State Football: O’Brien Detours Caravan for Stop at MetLife Stadium
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Penn State Football: O’Brien Detours Caravan for Stop at MetLife Stadium
112 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
DUBOIS -- Bill O’Brien couldn’t wait ’til the Coaches Caravan’s six-day, 12-city, 1,471-mile journey was over to start getting ready for Syracuse. So, almost four months before his team's game against the Orangemen on Aug. 31, he made a pit stop at the site of PSU's season opener [Read More]
Penn State Football: Bill O’Brien’s Assistants are on a PA Caravan of Their Own Penn State Football: Bill O’Brien’s Assistants are on a PA Caravan of Their Own
113 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
WILLIAMSPORT -- Bill O’Brien is visiting traditional high school hotbeds Pittsburgh, Lehigh Valley and the Coal Region this week as part of Week 2 of the Coaches Caravan. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he ran into one of his own assistants, who are also on the road – recruiting. [Read More]
Penn State Football: At Halftime, Who’s Winning the Coaches Caravan?
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Penn State Football: At Halftime, Who’s Winning the Coaches Caravan?
113 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
As his barnstorming tour is set to begin its second week, the journey by bus across the Commonwealth and beyond has already paid dividends for football coach Bill O'Brien and Penn State athletics. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Viewing Bill O’Brien Through Rose and Cael-Colored Glasses
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Penn State Football: Viewing Bill O’Brien Through Rose and Cael-Colored Glasses
113 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Russ Rose and Cael Sanderson have 11 NCAA championships and 1,355 wins between them. But on the road this week, they took a backseat to Penn State's head football coach, who has won eight games. The duo gets it: It's the victories off the field that mean more these days. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Howle at Center of Quarterback Battle
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Penn State Football: Howle at Center of Quarterback Battle
114 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Center Ty Howle thinks Christian Hackenberg has a shot at being PSU's starting quarterback this fall: “Sure, it can be done...It’s all about how much he wants it and how well he can do on the field. And obviously, he has to be a great leader…" [Read More]
Potentially, Bench Never Shined for Penn State Football
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Potentially, Bench Never Shined for Penn State Football
115 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
In retrospect, you could see it coming. If you read between the Lions. There wasn’t a groundswell of support for Steven Bench or his future at Penn State. And that's why Bill O'Brien's new starting quarterback is now named Tyler Ferguson or Christian Hackenberg. [Read More]
The Month Ahead for Bill O'Brien and Penn State Football
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The Month Ahead for Bill O'Brien and Penn State Football
115 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The off-season is here, but no one is really off – especially O’Brien, as he continues to go full-bore on Year No. 2 as head coach. For starters, it will be a manic Monday, since he will do an out-and-back to Chicago for a Big Ten coaches meeting. [Read More]
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