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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 and Bill O’Brien: Beyond The Money and The NFL
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Penn State Football and Bill O’Brien: Beyond The Money and The NFL
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
In any discussion of Bill O'Brien's future – in the Twittersphere or in his own Brown head – this matters: Joe Paterno may have been PSU's undisputed leader for many years, but the supporting cast rarely changed. By supporting, I mean from the president on down. Not so with O'Brien. [Read More]
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Penn State Football: The Not-Bill O’Brien Winter Break Top 10
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Penn State Football: The Not-Bill O’Brien Winter Break Top 10
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Today’s column is head football coach-free. Instead, here are 10 “other” mostly-football stories that will occupy the local news landscape at least a little bit over the next 25 days until winter break ends and the beer-swallowers return to cap off Syllabus Week. [Read More]
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NFL Calls Again for Bill O'Brien: What Robert Frost, NASCAR and 'Blink' Have to Say
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NFL Calls Again for Bill O'Brien: What Robert Frost, NASCAR and 'Blink' Have to Say
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Over the past two years, Bill O’Brien has had to act quickly yet deliberately. Sometimes, in a controlled fury. He has had to make football and personnel decisions that no one in his profession has ever made before. As much as coach, O’Brien is decision-maker. Sunday proved that once again. [Read More]
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How Much Practice Has the NCAA's Bowl Ban Cost Bill O'Brien and Penn State Football?
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How Much Practice Has the NCAA's Bowl Ban Cost Bill O'Brien and Penn State Football?
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
One of the biggest on-the-field hits of all the NCAA sanctions is the postseason ban, which forbids Penn State from having any practices after its final regular-season game. So far, it has cost Bill O'Brien's program the equivalent of a month of summer camp. [Read More]
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Penn State Football: (Somewhat) Great Expectations for 2014
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Penn State Football: (Somewhat) Great Expectations for 2014
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Keyed by the Win On Wisconsin, everyone will now look a little differently at Penn State. From Bill in the mirror to MSU and UCF on the chalkboard. Expect a little more. Give less of a free pass. Add in the sanction reductions, and the allowances may be a lot less. [Read More]
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Penn State Football: Crimson Ideas for Bill O’Brien’s Blue and White
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Penn State Football: Crimson Ideas for Bill O’Brien’s Blue and White
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
When Bill O'Brien is asked to name the college football programs he admires most, he routinely names both Alabama and Iowa. He loves to cell them, especially ‘Bama. Why? Because their head coaches, like O'Brien, are acorns from the Belichick NFL Coaching Tree. [Read More]
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The Road Ahead for Bill O’Brien and Penn State Football
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The Road Ahead for Bill O’Brien and Penn State Football
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Bright and early Sunday morning, Bill O’Brien was in his second-floor office, overlooking the football practice fields from the southeast corner of the Lasch Building. Penn State's head coach knows it will be only too soon that he’ll be back out there - about 100 days and counting. [Read More]
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Inside Penn State's Locker Room: Bill O'Brien Unleashes Underdog Speech Inside Penn State's Locker Room: Bill O'Brien Unleashes Underdog Speech
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Here's a look at Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien's spirited comments to his team after it defeated Wisconsin 31-24 in Madison on Saturday, courtesy of GoPSUSports.com. [Read More]
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Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Hack and Zach it Past Wisconsin in 31-24 Upset Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Hack and Zach it Past Wisconsin in 31-24 Upset
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State beat Wisconsin 31-24 in Madison on Saturday after four touchdown passes by quarterback Christian Hackenberg to Adam Breneman (68 yards), Geno Lewis (3 yards and 59 yards) and Jesse James (7 yards). A 61-yard fourth-quarter run by Zach Zwinak sealed the win and a 7-5 season record. [Read More]
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Penn State Football Got Defensive Just in Time; Now, Can It Badger Wisconsin? Penn State Football Got Defensive Just in Time; Now, Can It Badger Wisconsin?
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“We found ourselves kind of late,” said PSU defensive tackle DaQuan Jones. “But we found ourselves.” Since halftime of the Minnesota game, Penn State's defense has given up just 10.8 points and 306 yards per game. Wisconsin will put that streak to the test at 3:30 p.m. today in Madison. [Read More]
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