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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

Tallying Up Bowl Ban Shows How Deep Sanctions Have Hit Penn State Football
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Tallying Up Bowl Ban Shows How Deep Sanctions Have Hit Penn State Football
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Big Ten bowl revenues of $18 million, a roster with only 18 players who have bowl experience, 30 lost practices. Unfortunately for Penn State those kind of numbers add up. [Read More]
Penn State Football: The Right Shoop Brother Landed in Lasch
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Penn State Football: The Right Shoop Brother Landed in Lasch
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
At one point, there was a very outside shot that defensive coordinator Bob wouldn’t be the first Shoop from Oakmont, Pa., to work in Lasch. John, his younger brother by three years, had a resume that caught the eye of a PSU search committee a few offseasons ago. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Coach James Franklin, Meet Andy The Sports Stats Prof
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Penn State Football: Coach James Franklin, Meet Andy The Sports Stats Prof
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State statistics lecturer Andy Wiesner says he could’ve predicted the Nittany Lions' penultimate drive against Maryland last Saturday would fail. Really. And in real time, as things were happening in Beaver Stadium. [Read More]
Penn State’s Stretch Run for Bowl Bid Could Get Sacked
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Penn State’s Stretch Run for Bowl Bid Could Get Sacked
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State has not won in 44 days...and counting. And Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg has been sacked 30 times...and counting. If those numbers don't change, and soon, the Nittany Lions could miss out on the postseason. [Read More]
Penn State Football: War of Attrition Leaves Lions Battle-Scarred
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Penn State Football: War of Attrition Leaves Lions Battle-Scarred
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“In the grand scheme of things,” said linebacker Mike Hull, after playing without the likes of Smith, Zwinak, Keiser and Dieffenbach in a 20-19 loss to Maryland on Saturday, “four losses are really nothing compared what we’ve been through the last four, five years.” [Read More]
For James Franklin, Lessons Learned at Maryland Helped Lead to November Success
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For James Franklin, Lessons Learned at Maryland Helped Lead to November Success
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“I’ll never forget the one year we played in the BCS Orange Bowl and we had the same practice for the bowl game that we had for camp,” Franklin recalled of his Maryland days. “We landed and never went to the hotel. We went straight to the field and did two-a-days.” [Read More]
Is the Near-Victory Over Ohio State the Start of New Era for Penn State?
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Is the Near-Victory Over Ohio State the Start of New Era for Penn State?
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The paradigm has possibly shifted. James Franklin said it would take about three years to totally get settled, to figure things out, for Penn State to truly not only get back on track but to be a Top 25 fixture. Can a loss measure the gains? [Read More]
Youth Was Served in Penn State’s Just-in-Time Inventory Passing Game Youth Was Served in Penn State’s Just-in-Time Inventory Passing Game
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Three Nittany Lion receivers may have come of age and one quarterback directed another fourth-quarter drive for the ages. The passing game was all Penn State’s offense had in its 31-24 double overtime loss to Ohio State. [Read More]
For Starters, Penn State Football Often Isn’t in a (Field) Position to Win
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For Starters, Penn State Football Often Isn’t in a (Field) Position to Win
41 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“If you look at drive-start average," James Franklin said, "I think that’s been a big factor in the games.” We looked and he's right. Penn State is starting its drives 18 yards farther back than its most recent opponents -- a difference of up to 250 yards per game. [Read More]
For Franklin and Penn State, Ohio State is the Benchmark …for Better or for Worse
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For Franklin and Penn State, Ohio State is the Benchmark …for Better or for Worse
41 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State is 7-14 vs. Ohio State in the Big Ten. To have the top team in the East Division, to say nothing of the overall conference, James Franklin has to top Urban Meyer. On the football field and especially on the recruiting trail. Like right now. [Read More]
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