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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

Vander State? Franklin Bringing All Of His Old Staff: It's 8 Down, 2 To Go
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Vander State? Franklin Bringing All Of His Old Staff: It's 8 Down, 2 To Go
35 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State's new head football coach promised “fierce loyalty” to his Vanderbilt staff when he was introduced on Saturday, didn’t he? He's made good on that vow so far: All eight hires worked with him at Vanderbilt. None have played or coached football at Penn State. [Read More]
Penn State Football: LJ Leaves for Ohio State; PSU Hires Vandy OC Donovan, DL Coach Spencer Penn State Football: LJ Leaves for Ohio State; PSU Hires Vandy OC Donovan, DL Coach Spencer
35 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State has lost long-time popular defensive line coach Larry Johnson to Ohio State. Meanwhile, Penn State gains a pair of Vanderbilt assistant coaches in offensive coordinator John Donovan and defensive line coach Sean Spencer. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Hiring Staff is Biggest Decision of Franklin's Career
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Penn State Football: Hiring Staff is Biggest Decision of Franklin's Career
35 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Michigan's Brady Hoke hired Doug Nussmeier away from Alabama. The Crimson Tide's Nick Saban countered by hiring Lane Kiffin. That's setting a very high bar. Those are Big Boy moves. And now, new Penn State head coach James Franklin must put on Big Boy Pants of his own. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Franklin to Bring Four Key Assistants From Vanderbilt Penn State Football: Franklin to Bring Four Key Assistants From Vanderbilt
36 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State's new head football coach, James Franklin, has hired leaders from four key areas of the Vanderbilt football program to join his Nittany Lions coaching and training staffs. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Shouldn’t Penn Staters Apply? The Odds Against Golden, Munchak Were 35-2
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Penn State Football: Shouldn’t Penn Staters Apply? The Odds Against Golden, Munchak Were 35-2
36 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Did Al Golden or Mike Munchak really have a chance to be the Nittany Lions' next head football coach? After all, they’re Penn State graduates. Actually, the numbers were stacked against the two alumni. By how much? 35 to 2. [Read More]
Penn State Football: The Final Key to the Franklin Mint
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Penn State Football: The Final Key to the Franklin Mint
36 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin will have to officially wait to become Penn State's next head football coach until Saturday, when the new Compensation Committee of the PSU Board of Trustees will meet to most likely give a green (for money) thumbs-up on his contract. [Read More]
Penn State Coaching Search: What I’ve Heard Is Telling
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Penn State Coaching Search: What I’ve Heard Is Telling
36 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
I’ve been told that … James Franklin was on an airplane. And that he wasn’t. I’ve been told that … James Franklin was on an airplane. And then he wasn’t. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Players Here, Search for Coach Optional
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Penn State Football: Players Here, Search for Coach Optional
36 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
When Penn State's new head coach stands at the front of the team room in Lasch Building within the next week, it will be some players' fifth such leader since 2010. Three head coaches, two interim head coaches and one large headache. Or so you would think. Incorrectly. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Al Golden Sidesteps Coaching Search Questions on Miami Radio Penn State Football: Al Golden Sidesteps Coaching Search Questions on Miami Radio
36 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
On the day after a job offer never came, Al Golden began his Manic Monday by refusing to directly address whether he interviewed with Penn State over the weekend about its vacant football head coach position: “I'm not a candidate. I’m excited to be here." [Read More]
Penn State Football: About The Golden Moment… Al's Heart Hasn't Changed
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Penn State Football: About The Golden Moment… Al's Heart Hasn't Changed
36 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
With a presser and a coaches' meeting scheduled for Monday, Al Golden was under the gun. He wanted to be the head football coach at Penn State. To accept an offer, Golden had to be asked. Penn State, faced with its own timetable, wasn't ready to extend an offer. It may not be over... [Read More]
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