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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 Team’s Personality Meshing With O’Brien’s
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Penn State Football Team’s Personality Meshing With O’Brien’s
105 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“Coach O’Brien is a punch-you-in-the-mouth attitude kind of guy,” says linebacker Glenn Carson. “It’s rubbing off on all the players. We’re becoming coach O’Brien’s team." [Read More]
Penn State Football: Former Pushover Temple Now a Benchmark Game
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Penn State Football: Former Pushover Temple Now a Benchmark Game
106 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Saturday’s contest can serve as a benchmark, of sorts. Under a pair of younger, high-energy motivated coaches, Temple has played Penn State almost even-steven the past two seasons. Now, Penn State has a younger, high-energy motivated coach of its own. [Read More]
Penn State Football Players: Low Points Made Victory Even Sweeter
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Penn State Football Players: Low Points Made Victory Even Sweeter
106 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
For Stephon Morris, the toughest time was not the sanctions, not the departure of some former teammates, not all the new schemes and training programs and coaches. Difficult, sure. Challenging, of course. But…"the lowest point was not winning that first game.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: The Catch About Paul Jones at Tight End Penn State Football: The Catch About Paul Jones at Tight End
107 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
We have the met the future of Penn State football, and his name is Paul Jones. Switching positions. Simplified playbook. Getting the best athlete on the field. Making the best of players from the previous regime. Starting a fire under a non-starter. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Fourth Down Calls and Stickin' With Ficken are O’Brien’s Style
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Penn State Football: Fourth Down Calls and Stickin' With Ficken are O’Brien’s Style
107 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Just two games into the 2012 season – and his career as a head coach – O’Brien is developing his own style. Part by design, a big part by necessity, his rapid metamorphosis from assistant coach is being caused chiefly by the NCAA sanctions and player defections, as well as injuries. [Read More]
Penn State Football: O’Brien Hopes Seniors End His 0-6 Streak at Virginia
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Penn State Football: O’Brien Hopes Seniors End His 0-6 Streak at Virginia
108 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
In six trips to Charlottesville with three different Atlantic Coast Conference teams in two different months (September and November) over the course of 12 seasons, Bill O’Brien didn’t win once. In fact, his average margin of defeat was by two touchdowns. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Billy Ball Really Needs Belton Penn State Football: Billy Ball Really Needs Belton
108 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
At 2:41 p.m. on Saturday, Penn State’s season – at least an important chunk of its offensive future – was sidelined. If only temporarily. That’s when tailback Bill Belton hit the ground near the middle of the Beaver Stadium turf with an injured left ankle. [Read More]
Penn State Football: 5 Ways to Fix the Nittany Lion Defense
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Penn State Football: 5 Ways to Fix the Nittany Lion Defense
108 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State’s defense needs to get better. Now. With no conference title game and no bowl game, every Penn State regular season contest takes on added meaning. A schedule with 10 opponents that went bowling in 2011 gets tougher, not easier. [Read More]
Penn State Football: The Students, Let’s Not Forget Them, As Well
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Penn State Football: The Students, Let’s Not Forget Them, As Well
109 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“But the students,” I said, “they are the core of the university. And the way they have moved on and not been so totally consumed by what’s transpired, unlike so many outside beyond the campus, is important." [Read More]
Penn State Football: Assistants’ 230 Coaching Years Should Aid Game Day Experience
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Penn State Football: Assistants’ 230 Coaching Years Should Aid Game Day Experience
110 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State’s nine assistants have coached a total of 230 college and pro football seasons, third highest in the Big Ten Conference. [Read More]
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