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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

Penn State Football: Franklin Working Hard for His Money
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Penn State Football: Franklin Working Hard for His Money
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
For $4.4 million a year, James Franklin not only has to rebuild Penn State football and bring the university together, he has to win big -- and eventually better. A rebuild victory-wise won’t be enough. Over the past 15 years, Penn State’s average record in Big Ten play has been 4.5 wins and 3.5 [Read More]
Penn State 3rd in Big Ten With 31 Players on NFL Camp Rosters
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Penn State 3rd in Big Ten With 31 Players on NFL Camp Rosters
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State is tied with Wisconsin for third among the 14 Big Ten schools, with Wisconsin. Ohio State ranks first, with 42 former players on NFL rosters. Iowa is a close second, with 40. Almost a third of the Nittany Lions are linebackers, while seven are offensive linemen. [Read More]
Penn State Football Players Score Big in the Community; Kids' Lift For Life Next Up
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Penn State Football Players Score Big in the Community; Kids' Lift For Life Next Up
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Saturday’s “A Field Day Inspired By Lift For Life” at State College’s Circleville Park is part of a massive community service effort by Penn State football that has delivered over 2,300 hours across 71 events since last July. [Read More]
Penn State Football: The Big Ten East is Even More Lopsided Than You Think
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Penn State Football: The Big Ten East is Even More Lopsided Than You Think
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Utilizing almost every measurable there is, the Big Ten’s East division is far superior to the West – in conference titles, short- and long-term records, Top 3 league finishes, quality of head coaches, quality of recruits and overall home attendance. [Read More]
Why Penn State Has 5 Consecutive Home Football Games in ’15
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Why Penn State Has 5 Consecutive Home Football Games in ’15
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Blame it on the Big Ten. And the need for seven games in Beaver Stadium so the sanction-strapped Penn State athletic department could pay its bills, as well the recent revolving door of head football coaches and athletic directors. [Read More]
Penn State Football: More Touchdowns, Not Just Julius The Secret to Replacing Ficken
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Penn State Football: More Touchdowns, Not Just Julius The Secret to Replacing Ficken
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
If Sam Ficken hadn’t been so successful in 2014, Penn State would have been shut out of a bowl game and could have gone 5-7 or even 4-8. As it was, the Nittany Lions attempted more field goals (29, 18% of all possessions) than its offense scored touchdowns (26, 16%). [Read More]
The 11 Head Coaches Who Molded Penn State’s James Franklin
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The 11 Head Coaches Who Molded Penn State’s James Franklin
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Answer: John Chaump, Denny Douds, Al Leonzi, John Lawson, Alex Wood, Mike Price, Larry Lewis, Ron Vanderlinden, Ralph Friedgen, Mike Sherman and Ron Prince. Question: Name the head coaches James Franklin played for and/or coached under. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Time to Win a Whiteout (Maybe Temple?)
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Penn State Football: Time to Win a Whiteout (Maybe Temple?)
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
More than a White Out against Michigan, Penn State needs to win a White Out against anybody. The Nittany Lions, who are 5-6 in such games in Beaver Stadium, have lost three of their last four White Outs and four of their past six. [Read More]
With Only #107 Days ’til Temple Opener, Penn State's Players Are Also Coaches
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With Only #107 Days ’til Temple Opener, Penn State's Players Are Also Coaches
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin likes to say that over the summer, the Penn State football program is in the hands of the players. “We’re the only ones here in the first summer session," says defensive end Garrett Sickels (left). ”We’ll make sure it gets done.” [Read More]
Four Friends & Fran Fisher: A Glimpse Beyond the Mic
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Four Friends & Fran Fisher: A Glimpse Beyond the Mic
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
A different look at the late Fran Fisher, from a trio of dear, decades-long dear friends plus a recent grad, who represents the scores of young reporters who Fran supported for a half-century. [Read More]
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