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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

The Most Important Room in Penn State Football’s Lasch Building
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The Most Important Room in Penn State Football’s Lasch Building
108 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
This is the place where plays are learned, offenses are installed, game plans are introduced, games are won and contests are lost. And quarterbacks earn the starting job. The leather chairs are cushy. The atmosphere is not. [Read More]
Countdown to Blue-White / 23 Days: Bill O’Brien is No Longer the New Kid on the Big Ten Block Countdown to Blue-White / 23 Days: Bill O’Brien is No Longer the New Kid on the Big Ten Block
109 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Bill O’Brien these days is not quite as youthful as the "O'Bie" in his prep school yearbook photo, but he is still one of the young guns in the Big Ten Conference head coaching fraternity. [Read More]
Penn State Football: O’Brien is College Football’s Capologist
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Penn State Football: O’Brien is College Football’s Capologist
109 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The numbers game created by the NCAA sanctions against Penn State – and managed daily by Bill O’Brien – is really starting to rear its ugly head. You can see it on the Nittany Lions’ practice field. And you can see it when you scan the rosters of Penn State’s opponents. [Read More]
With McDaniels and High School Coaches, O'Brien Has Penn State Football Friends Down Pat
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With McDaniels and High School Coaches, O'Brien Has Penn State Football Friends Down Pat
109 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State's Football Coaches Clinic speaker Josh McDaniels was an important part of Bill O’Brien’s past with the New England Patriots. The hundreds of high school coaches also on hand Friday are one of the big keys to O’Brien’s future. [Read More]
Countdown to Blue-White / 31 Days: Will Penn State’s Future Fifth-Year Players be a Sanctions Casualty? Countdown to Blue-White / 31 Days: Will Penn State’s Future Fifth-Year Players be a Sanctions Casualty?
110 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The 2013 season may be one of Bill O’Brien’s last big runs with key fifth-year seniors for awhile. The downward number is borne of the NCAA sanctions, which will shrink the number of Penn State scholarship players to 65 beginning next season. [Read More]
Bill O’Brien’s 7 Rules for Picking Penn State Football’s Next Quarterback
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Bill O’Brien’s 7 Rules for Picking Penn State Football’s Next Quarterback
110 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The Nittany Lions' spring drills start today and the No. 1 question is, "Who will be the starting quarterback?" The answer is Steven Bench, Tyler Ferguson or Christian Hackenberg. Here's how the Penn State head coach says he will make up his mind. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Former Nittany Lion Silas Redd Slated for Surgery Penn State Football: Former Nittany Lion Silas Redd Slated for Surgery
110 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Former Nittany Lion tailback Silas Redd, who transferred to Southern California in July 2012, is scheduled to have surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Redd ran for 336 yards less for the Trojans last season than he did for Penn State in 2011. [Read More]
They Billieve: Penn State Football Underclassmen Aren’t Going Anywhere
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They Billieve: Penn State Football Underclassmen Aren’t Going Anywhere
111 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State’s official spring practice drills begin Monday and despite the NCAA sanctions, the Nittany Lions' underclassmen are pitbulls about staying in Happy Valley. Forget the 305. They're digging the 814. Don't stop the party. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Bill O’Brien Returns to His Home Turf in New England Penn State Football: Bill O’Brien Returns to His Home Turf in New England
111 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
O'Brien returned to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., where he spent five years rising through Bill Belichick’s ranks before taking the Penn State head coaching job. Here are excerpts of and links to three interviews O'Brien did over the weekend in New England. [Read More]
Zordich, Mauti Prep Elevator Speeches for Penn State Football's NFL Pro Day
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Zordich, Mauti Prep Elevator Speeches for Penn State Football's NFL Pro Day
111 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The leaders of the 2012 Nittany Lions enter Monday's NFL Pro Day on campus in two distinctly different situations, but they are unified in their message to what they hope will be their post-graduate employer: We're ready to play. [Read More]
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