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Mike Poorman

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

Even This Week, at Penn State Bill O’Brien’s Focus is Still on Football
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Even This Week, at Penn State Bill O’Brien’s Focus is Still on Football
111 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
After O’Brien returns home from Chicago’s Big Ten media days circus, it will be just 10 days until the second-year head coach holds his first official, full-squad meeting of the 2013 season. It can't get here soon enough. [Read More]
Penn State Football: NCAA Transfer Sanction Window Almost Shut
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Penn State Football: NCAA Transfer Sanction Window Almost Shut
111 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The NCAA's open-door policy allowing Penn State players to transfer without penalty is nearly ended. No one was going anywhere anyway, says center Ty Howle. “It’s been that way for a long time. The guys who are here now have been committed since the beginning." [Read More]
Penn State Football: Will Bill O'Brien's Pep Talk to Trustees be as Effective as Joe Paterno's?
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Penn State Football: Will Bill O'Brien's Pep Talk to Trustees be as Effective as Joe Paterno's?
112 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Their stern lectures came 30-and-a-half years apart. But when Joe Paterno and Bill O’Brien each addressed Penn State’s Board of Trustees, their messages were equally strong. We know the results of Paterno’s heated address. Will O’Brien’s create any sparks? [Read More]
Penn State Football: These Days, Plenty of Thought About Food
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Penn State Football: These Days, Plenty of Thought About Food
112 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Under the direction of Dr. Kris Clark and as part of a program-wide emphasis, the Nittany Lion football team may be Lifting for Life today, but now more than ever they are also eating for performance. [Read More]
Penn State Football Culture? 16 Other PSU Teams May Disagree
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Penn State Football Culture? 16 Other PSU Teams May Disagree
113 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Led by wrestling’s third consecutive NCAA championship, Penn State's sports program ranked sixth among all Division I schools. It’s a culture of a winning that extends beyond football. On and off the field. [Read More]
Penn State Football: The Line on Shrive is Uplifting
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Penn State Football: The Line on Shrive is Uplifting
113 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Offensive lineman Eric Shrive is president of the Penn State football team’s charity fundraising organization, Uplifting Athletes. After five years of working in the charity trenches, Shrive has raised more than $83,000. And counting. He won't stop until he hits a hundred grand. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Selling the 2013 Team Just the Ticket O’Brien Needs
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Penn State Football: Selling the 2013 Team Just the Ticket O’Brien Needs
114 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Among Penn State's biggest worries is filling Beaver Stadium seven times in 2013. A failure to do so would hurt recruiting. And it would further dent a pocketbook that will be picked by the NCAA and the Big Ten to the tune of $73 million over five years. [Read More]
Dear Christian Hackenberg: Life Lessons From Penn State Football Quarterbacks
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Dear Christian Hackenberg: Life Lessons From Penn State Football Quarterbacks
114 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
It’s not easy being a Penn State quarterback, going to class, learning Bill O’Brien’s offense, being in the national spotlight. And it’s even tougher doing it with class, facing criticism, working hard and being a leader. Here are 10 successors who were successful before you. [Read More]
Upon Further Review: 6 Answers About O’Brien’s New Penn State Football Contract
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Upon Further Review: 6 Answers About O’Brien’s New Penn State Football Contract
115 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
A quick look at some of the numbers and nuances behind the national news-making agreement between Nittany Lion head football coach Bill O’Brien and Penn State. [Read More]
Penn State Football: O’Brien’s New Deal is $12 Million for Next 41 Months, Plus $10 Million Buyout Forgiveness
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Penn State Football: O’Brien’s New Deal is $12 Million for Next 41 Months, Plus $10 Million Buyout Forgiveness
115 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
O'Brien's $2.155 million raise over the next four years, an increase of about $10,360 per week, plus the elimination of a $10 million penalty if he leaves Penn State before 2020, clears the pathway for him to return to the NFL as a head coach. [Read More]
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