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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: 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
106 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
107 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
107 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
107 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
108 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
109 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]
Penn State Football: Foundation of O’Brien’s Defense is Good Friend Roof
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Penn State Football: Foundation of O’Brien’s Defense is Good Friend Roof
109 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Friend and former boss Ted Roof leads the Nittany Lion defense for Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien. Theirs is a close bond forged through thick and thin. [Read More]
Penn State Football: With Only 35 Points Back, Lions Hope for a Ficken of a Time
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Penn State Football: With Only 35 Points Back, Lions Hope for a Ficken of a Time
110 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
With their top rusher, receiver and kicker gone, points could very well be at a premium for the Nittany Lions this fall. Only 13.9 percent of Penn State’s total point output from 2011 is back, a point well-taken by place-kicker Sam Ficken. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Dukes’ Return Sparked By ‘Thursdays With O’Brien’
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Penn State Football: Dukes’ Return Sparked By ‘Thursdays With O’Brien’
110 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Every Thursday last spring, Curtis Dukes walked across the Penn State campus to the football offices for a standing appointment. For the entire semester, Dukes and head coach Bill O'Brien met every week like clockwork for 15 or so minutes. Football never came up. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Bill O’Brien Has a Busload of Leaders to Captain His Team
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Penn State Football: Bill O’Brien Has a Busload of Leaders to Captain His Team
111 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State will utilize game captains in 2012, and along with first-year coach Bill O'Brien, they'll be the first ones off the first blue bus that shuttles the team to Beaver Stadium [Read More]
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