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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

From Ficken to Dickens: Great Expectations for Penn State Football
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From Ficken to Dickens: Great Expectations for Penn State Football
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin has talked up Sam Ficken to the point where the kicker's past has been buried, his present included a captaincy and his future featured a game-winning field goal in Dublin. Yet, from 2001-2014, PSU has had just seven field goals blocked. All at the toe of Ficken. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Franklin's Promise x 9 — “We Will Get This Fixed”
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Penn State Football: Franklin's Promise x 9 — “We Will Get This Fixed”
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin repeated that phrase nine times during his 10-minute, 8-second post-game press conference on Saturday. He didn’t share a timetable, but his fixation on fixing led you to think he meant days, not months. [Read More]
PSU Offense Isn’t Only Hackenberg, But 34-of-35 Stretch Proved Otherwise PSU Offense Isn’t Only Hackenberg, But 34-of-35 Stretch Proved Otherwise
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Of Penn State’s 71 plays against Northwestern, quarterback Christian Hackenberg produced 56 of them: 45 passes, 7 scrambles and 4 sacks. That’s 79%. At one point, 34 of 35 plays were all Hack Attack. [Read More]
We’ve Been Warned: James Franklin Plays ’em One Game at a Time
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We’ve Been Warned: James Franklin Plays ’em One Game at a Time
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Looking ahead? Penn State's head coach tries to focus his team, the media and fans solely on the next opponent. But to be Frank(lin) with you, he and his staff also take the long-range view. [Read More]
Fran Fisher is 91 Today. We're the Ones Getting Presence
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Fran Fisher is 91 Today. We're the Ones Getting Presence
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Fran Fisher is Penn State. Loyal and true blue, high ideals. Fran Fisher was all things Penn State as a broadcaster -- TV Quarterbacks, football, wrestling, basketball, radio call-in shows. Fran Fisher? He's a legend. [Read More]
AP Voters in Tennessee, Ohio & With FOX, ESPN, CBS Keep Penn State Off Their Ballots
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AP Voters in Tennessee, Ohio & With FOX, ESPN, CBS Keep Penn State Off Their Ballots
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Is it just a coincidence that voters from Ohio (home of the Ohio State Buckeyes) and Tennessee (home of Vanderbilt, James Franklin’s “previous institution”) didn’t cast a vote for Penn State in this week’s Associated Press poll? [Read More]
Penn State Football: It Was 4:29 p.m. -- Time for the Running Game to Wake Up Penn State Football: It Was 4:29 p.m. -- Time for the Running Game to Wake Up
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State's ground game needed a boost, so the timing of Saturday’s outburst against UMass couldn’t have been better. The rush last 98 minutes on the clock, 27:05 on the field and five TDs on the scoreboard. [Read More]
The Trouble With Penn State Football Players? Nothing
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The Trouble With Penn State Football Players? Nothing
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
At Penn State, for the players, all news has been good news. That runs counter to the national narrative, not only in the NFL but with the past two Heisman Trophy winners. That's why Christian Hackenberg is the anti-Jameis. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Nittany Lion Players’ Hearts Trump All Else
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Penn State Football: Nittany Lion Players’ Hearts Trump All Else
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Victories of two points and three points – the latter in Penn State’s 13-10 win over Rutgers on Saturday night – that came on the Nittany Lions’ final drive of the game are proof positive of the team’s collective resolve. [Read More]
What Christian Hackenberg Looked Like From Every Angle on Saturday Night
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What Christian Hackenberg Looked Like From Every Angle on Saturday Night
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- No matter what your vantage point, by the end of Penn State's 13-10 victory over Rutgers, the view of the Nittany Lions' quarterback was the same. [Read More]
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