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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: What Franklin’s #107kStrong Really Means
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Penn State Football: What Franklin’s #107kStrong Really Means
32 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?
32 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
33 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
33 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?
34 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
34 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]
Penn State Football's Spider Caldwell Reflects on a Legendary Career
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Penn State Football's Spider Caldwell Reflects on a Legendary Career
35 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The young men who walked into his world shared their dirty laundry, biggest fears and happiest moments. That’s what he loved most about his way of life – to call it a job doesn’t do it, or him, justice. Spider Caldwell’s life's work was called well. [Read More]
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
35 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
36 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
36 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]
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