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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: James Franklin & His 7(!) Captains
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Penn State Football: James Franklin & His 7(!) Captains
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
There’s a father, a Linebacker U dad and a husband. There’s a kicker and an injured vet. There’s a self-proclaimed dollar value (left, Jesse Della Valle). And then there’s a star quarterback, the baby of the group – in age only. [Read More]
Countdown to Dublin: Cornell Honors Add to Rahne’s Cred as QB Coach
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Countdown to Dublin: Cornell Honors Add to Rahne’s Cred as QB Coach
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Ricky Rahne's Hall of Fame career at Cornell -- featuring 54 touchdown passes and 33 records by the time he graduated -- gives him unique insight to coaching the Nittany Lions' quarterbacks. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Power 5 Cost-of-Attendance Payout May Be Thousands Per Athlete
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Penn State Football: Power 5 Cost-of-Attendance Payout May Be Thousands Per Athlete
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The power the NCAA gave to the Power 5 conferences on Thursday could put an extra $2,000 to $5,000 per year in the pocket of a Penn State athlete on a full scholarship. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Opener in Ireland is Homeland Advantage for John Donovan
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Penn State Football: Opener in Ireland is Homeland Advantage for John Donovan
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
When Penn State plays in Dublin, Ireland, to open the 2014 season, Central Florida’s coach may be named George O’Leary. But it’s Nittany Lion offensive coordinator John Donovan who has a dual Irish-United States passport and a cheering section full of Irish relatives. [Read More]
From the Archives: Field Day for Joe Paterno at Penn State Football's 2009 Media Day
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From the Archives: Field Day for Joe Paterno at Penn State Football's 2009 Media Day
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Monday’s Media Day officially kicks off James Franklin’s first season as Penn State’s head football coach. For a study in contrasts with an era now twice gone by, here’s my Aug. 13, 2009, account of Penn State’s Media Day five years ago, presided over by Joe Paterno. [Read More]
Penn State Football: 1,000 Days After Firings, Changes Should Bowl Over Mitchell
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Penn State Football: 1,000 Days After Firings, Changes Should Bowl Over Mitchell
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
As NCAA monitor George Mitchell prepares to deliver his annual report on Penn State in September, there’s the very real possibility that further sanctions could be reduced or eliminated – thanks in no small part to a seismic shift of PSU's personnel paradigm. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Part 2, Q&A with QB Christian Hackenberg
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Penn State Football: Part 2, Q&A with QB Christian Hackenberg
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
In the second half of our exclusive conversation with Penn State's elite signal-caller, Christian Hackenberg talks extensively about the legacy of and large footsteps left by many great Nittany Lion quarterbacks. [Read More]
Penn State Athletic Director Barbour to Learn Relationships are No. 1 for Franklin Penn State Athletic Director Barbour to Learn Relationships are No. 1 for Franklin
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Inside Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Sandy Barbour and Eric Barron paid heed to James Franklin, dutifully hoisting their index fingers -- proof positive the gridiron is truly Franklin’s domain, while once again showing off the football coach's powers of persuasion. [Read More]
Penn State Names Ex-Cal AD Sandy Barbour as New Athletic Director Penn State Names Ex-Cal AD Sandy Barbour as New Athletic Director
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State has named former Cal Berkey athletic director Sandy Barbour to succeed Dave Joyner as Penn State’s next AD. Barbour, who resigned on June 27, was athletic director at Cal since September 2004. She will be Penn State’s first woman athletic director. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Part I, Q&A with Quarterback Christian Hackenberg
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Penn State Football: Part I, Q&A with Quarterback Christian Hackenberg
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
In an exclusive interview, Penn State's elite quarterback reveals the unique and characteristic fear that drives him, life as the most famous student on campus and what happened when the NCAA sanctions hit. [Read More]
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