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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: John Donovan and the Economics of the Nittany Lion Offense
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Penn State Football: John Donovan and the Economics of the Nittany Lion Offense
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Economics is the study of how society uses its scarce resources. No wonder John Donovan, who has his master's in econ from Georgia Tech, is ideally suited to be Penn State's offensive coordinator. [Read More]
Penn State Football: At Rudy’s Tavern, James Franklin Was On a (Pork) Roll
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Penn State Football: At Rudy’s Tavern, James Franklin Was On a (Pork) Roll
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
EAST STROUDSBURG -- As the Coaches Caravan headed out of town here on Wednesday, James Franklin had the bus make a detour so his fellow travelers could digest a bit of why the Penn State coach loves his college roots. [Read More]
Penn State Football: James Franklin's Long Way Home to East Stroudsburg
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Penn State Football: James Franklin's Long Way Home to East Stroudsburg
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 1995 with 23 school records, a degree in psychology and an unfortunate stint sporting a box fade haircut. He returns almost two decades later on Wednesday as the bald-headed head football coach at Penn State. [Read More]
Franklin’s Football Friends Will Be Penn State's Foes in 2014
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Franklin’s Football Friends Will Be Penn State's Foes in 2014
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Nearly 20 of the coaches competing against Penn State in 2014 worked earlier in their careers with James Franklin, John Donovan & Co. And that doesn't even include Larry Johnson at Ohio State and Alex Kenney, now playing for UMass. Each will make for a different kind of rivalry game. [Read More]
Penn State Football: James Franklin Scores With ESU Commencement Address
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Penn State Football: James Franklin Scores With ESU Commencement Address
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
At his alma mater's commencement exercises Saturday, James Franklin told East Stroudsburg grads that life is all about relationships, built on a foundation of four core values -- a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, a competitive streak and a willingness to sacrifice. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Is Blake Bortles’ NFL Draft Success a Bellwether for Christian Hackenberg?
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Penn State Football: Is Blake Bortles’ NFL Draft Success a Bellwether for Christian Hackenberg?
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
On NFL Draft Night 2016 or 2017, Christian Hackenberg will likely be standing where Blakes Bortles was Thursday night: Hugging Roger Goodell on stage of Radio City Music Hall as the No. 3 pick in the NFL Draft. Or higher. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Franklin Commences First Caravan Week With Baseball and Buses
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Penn State Football: Franklin Commences First Caravan Week With Baseball and Buses
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
From Opening Day of State College Little League to a twinbill of commencement speeches at his alma mater, James Franklin's first Coaches Caravan is in overdrive. [Read More]
Penn State Football: James Franklin's Dinner of Champions Gives Him Food for Thought
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Penn State Football: James Franklin's Dinner of Champions Gives Him Food for Thought
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State’s football coach broke bread last week with a trio of Nittany Lion college coaching legends - Cael Sanderson, Russ Rose and Bob Warming, who have 1,658 wins and 10 NCAA titles to their credit. The meal gave James Franklin food for thought, and filled his belly with desire. [Read More]
Penn State & The NFL: McGloin’s Future is On Field & MRob’s is Off It
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Penn State & The NFL: McGloin’s Future is On Field & MRob’s is Off It
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
After a memorable 2013 NFL season, a pair of former Penn State quarterbacks are nearing the next stages of their careers; Matt McGloin's on the field as a veteran and Michael Robinson's most likely off the field, probably in television. [Read More]
The Odd Couple of Penn State Football: James Franklin & John Donovan
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The Odd Couple of Penn State Football: James Franklin & John Donovan
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The two Penn State coaches have been together for 11 years. And counting. If anyone is Franklin’s work spouse, it’s Donovan, who says: “We find a happy medium in there somewhere.” [Read More]
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