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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

After Christian Hackenberg & James Franklin, Who is Penn State’s No. 3 Star?
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After Christian Hackenberg & James Franklin, Who is Penn State’s No. 3 Star?
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
After the charismatic head coach and the BMOC quarterback, when it comes to the upcoming stars of the 2014 Nittany Lions there’s a big drop-off. The Penn State Precipice, if you were. [Read More]
Week for Milestones as Frosh Begin Penn State Football, Rutgers & Maryland Enter B10
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Week for Milestones as Frosh Begin Penn State Football, Rutgers & Maryland Enter B10
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
On Tuesday, Maryland and Rutgers officially join the Big Ten Conference. On Wednesday, James Franklin’s first freshman class will be official Penn State students. And you thought the Fourth of July was the big day this week. [Read More]
Penn State Football: New PSU Athletic Director Will Be Franklin’s Fifth in Four Years
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Penn State Football: New PSU Athletic Director Will Be Franklin’s Fifth in Four Years
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Athletic directors at Maryland, Vanderbilt and Penn State have hired James Franklin to be their head coach -- or, in the case of the Terps, their head coach-in-waiting. In almost every case, they still love this guy... [Read More]
Penn State Football: Small Senior Group Carries Big Leadership Burden
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Penn State Football: Small Senior Group Carries Big Leadership Burden
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
On its 2014 roster Penn State has only 11 healthy seniors in their final year of eligibility. That's why underclassmen like Mailk Golden and Jordan Lucas (in the accompanying photo) need to take on leadership roles. [Read More]
Penn State Football: What Franklin’s #107kStrong Really Means
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Penn State Football: What Franklin’s #107kStrong Really Means
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin, no matter how much the salesman – he’s part-Ron Popeil and part-Steve Jobs – can’t get six years of declining attendance totally turned around in nine months. But he's trying. [Read More]
Penn State Athletics: Is Barron's Climate Right for a New Athletic Director?
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Penn State Athletics: Is Barron's Climate Right for a New Athletic Director?
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The Chicago Tribune's report that Penn State is interested in possibly hiring Northwestern's AD could serve notice that PSU's new president – a long-time national leader in the field of atmospheric sciences – is ready for a change in climate. [Read More]
Penn State Football: The Three Cars and One Long Journey of James Franklin
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Penn State Football: The Three Cars and One Long Journey of James Franklin
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Eighteen job titles. Twelve coaching positions. Eleven cities. Ten leagues and conferences. Eight states and two countries. One career. James Franklin is driven, all right. [Read More]
Penn State Football: QB Greats Blackledge, MRob Sing Praises of Christian Hackenberg
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Penn State Football: QB Greats Blackledge, MRob Sing Praises of Christian Hackenberg
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Brothers in the Penn State quarterback fraternity, as well as their father confessor (Spider Caldwell), offer insight into the passes, present and future of Christian Hackenberg. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Do the 2014 Nittany Lions Have an Identity?
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Penn State Football: Do the 2014 Nittany Lions Have an Identity?
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The Nittany Lions are playing for their third staff in four years and their fourth on-field head coach in the same time. So if their true identity is still a secret identity, they can be excused if they may be lacking a self-identity. For now. [Read More]
Penn State Football: New NCAA Summer Rules Take Hold as Hackenberg & Co. Start Workouts
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Penn State Football: New NCAA Summer Rules Take Hold as Hackenberg & Co. Start Workouts
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
New NCAA rules permit contact between coaches and players for eight hours a week for the eight weeks leading up to official practices near summer's end. The new regulations not only permit interaction, they allowed for it to be mandatory. No matter: Either way, the Nittany Lions are men at work. [Read More]
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