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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: Time to Win a Whiteout (Maybe Temple?)
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Penn State Football: Time to Win a Whiteout (Maybe Temple?)
10 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
11 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
11 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]
Fran Fisher’s Biggest Fans Were Bill O’Brien and James Franklin… And the Feeling Was Mutual
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Fran Fisher’s Biggest Fans Were Bill O’Brien and James Franklin… And the Feeling Was Mutual
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Fran Fisher spent the last four years of his legendary Nittany Lion life with a ringside seat watching Joe Paterno’s able successors with a glint in his eye that signified relief, happiness and hope. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Coaching is a Family Calling for Brent Pry
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Penn State Football: Coaching is a Family Calling for Brent Pry
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“I may be home, but I may in the driveway on the phone for an hour,” Pry said. “...You may come in, tuck them in and read the (kids) a book or two. Then you’re back on the phone. When that four-star calls and wants to talk, you’re going to take the phone call.” [Read More]
Why It’s James and Not Jim Franklin: The Roots of the Story
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Why It’s James and Not Jim Franklin: The Roots of the Story
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Simple question, long answer: Life with a single mom, spent in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh; the influence of many aunts, well-educated despite their cotton-pickin’ childhood; and a family tree rooted in Rocky Mount, N.C. [Read More]
Penn State Football: The Offseason Is Half Over, But The Real Transition Continues
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Penn State Football: The Offseason Is Half Over, But The Real Transition Continues
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin has the task of rehabbing the facilities, reemphasizing (but not redoing) the core brand, recruiting much deeper and earlier, refocusing the national media and returning Penn State to seasons of double-digit victories. (The last time that happened? 11-2 in 2009.) [Read More]
Penn State’s Best NFL Draft Class Ever – 1987 or 2003? Ranking the All-time Top 10
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Penn State’s Best NFL Draft Class Ever – 1987 or 2003? Ranking the All-time Top 10
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
NFL Draft quantity vs. quality - which is better? Penn State's Class of 1987 featured 13 draft picks overall and two first-rounders, while the 2003 group featured four first-round selections and two in the second. [Read More]
Is Von Walker the Most Interesting Man on Penn State Football’s Defense?
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Is Von Walker the Most Interesting Man on Penn State Football’s Defense?
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“…Von Walker, who had an exceptional spring, by the way,” says Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop. “Let me make sure that I provide that information. Von Walker is arguably the most improved player on the defensive side of the ball.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: As a Leader, Trevor Williams is Cool Like Billy Dee
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Penn State Football: As a Leader, Trevor Williams is Cool Like Billy Dee
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“Trevor’s just cool out there. He doesn’t make mistakes,” says defensive coordinator Bob Shoop. “He’s cool, he’s calculated. He just does his job. I feel so comfortable and so confident with him out there manning the field corner position.” [Read More]
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