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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: It's Time to Say Bye (Week) Michigan, Hello Ohio State
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Penn State Football: It's Time to Say Bye (Week) Michigan, Hello Ohio State
26 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Both sides of College Avenue were so quiet over the weekend, you would’ve thought that it was an ultra-rare Penn State Football Bye-Week #2 and THON Canning Weekend #2. And you’d be right. It was the calm after the storm. And before it. [Read More]
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Penn State Football: After 18 Games, Bill O’Brien’s Record Start
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Penn State Football: After 18 Games, Bill O’Brien’s Record Start
26 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Bill O’Brien has a 12-6 record midway into his second season, the fourth-best start in PSU history with two overtime victories. But also judge him on bouncing back from a loss, beating ranked teams, holding a lead and being #theleader of #oneteam. [Read More]
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Penn State Football: Bill O’Brien’s Fourth-Down Call a Mixture of Guts, Heart and Statistics
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Penn State Football: Bill O’Brien’s Fourth-Down Call a Mixture of Guts, Heart and Statistics
26 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
For two of his biggest nail-biting late-game decisions against Michigan in a WhiteOuted Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Penn State coach Bill O’Brien was torn. Should he listen to his heart, his gut or his statistics? Which one won out? The Nittany Lions, of course. [Read More]
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Penn State Football: The Top 10 Wins In Beaver Stadium History
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Penn State Football: The Top 10 Wins In Beaver Stadium History
27 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State's dramatic four-overtime 43-40 victory over Michigan on Saturday was one of the biggest in Beaver Stadium. But is it No. 1? Also under consideration: Nebraska '82, Ohio State '05, Wisconsin '12 and Nos. 324, 400 and 409. [Read More]
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Penn State Football: Nittany Lions beat Michigan, 43-40, in Four Overtimes Penn State Football: Nittany Lions beat Michigan, 43-40, in Four Overtimes
27 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State topped visiting Michigan 43-40 in four overtimes before a Homecoming WhiteOut crowd in Beaver Stadium. Bill Belton scored the winning touchdown on a two-yard run and Christian Hackenberg threw three TD passes. [Read More]
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Penn State Football: How Big is a Win Over Michigan?
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Penn State Football: How Big is a Win Over Michigan?
27 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
It’s bigger than a rare Homecoming win at Brown (sorry, Bill). It might be as big as Penn State’s 2012 Homecoming win over North- western. And it's bigger than last week's game against I-----a. [Read More]
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Penn State Football: 1999, 2004 Homecomings Marked the Era of PSU's Ways
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Penn State Football: 1999, 2004 Homecomings Marked the Era of PSU's Ways
28 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Homecoming returns to Nittany Valley on Saturday, against 5-0 Michigan. So it is difficult not to think about where the Homecoming losses of 1999 and 2004 -- as well the 44-24 loss at Indiana -- now fit into all of this. [Read More]
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Penn State Football: 100 Weeks Later, Bill O’Brien Cut-Blocks Sanction Talk Penn State Football: 100 Weeks Later, Bill O’Brien Cut-Blocks Sanction Talk
28 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
When Penn State head football coach Bill O’Brien met the press in Beaver Stadium this week, the focus was almost totally on football. Time and reduced NCAA sanctions will have that effect. So will the firm resolve of a guy who has stayed on point for most of his 625 days on the job. [Read More]
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Part 2: Matt McGloin on Rebuilding Penn State Football, the Pressures of 2012 and Bill O’Brien’s Future
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Part 2: Matt McGloin on Rebuilding Penn State Football, the Pressures of 2012 and Bill O’Brien’s Future
29 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Former Nittany Lion quarterback Matt McGloin speaks out about his path to the pros, changes in the Penn State football program and the NFL future of both his former coach and himself: "I believe my time will come...eventually." [Read More]
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Part 1: Matt McGloin on the Penn State Football Sanctions, Playing in the NFL and Christian Hackenberg
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Part 1: Matt McGloin on the Penn State Football Sanctions, Playing in the NFL and Christian Hackenberg
29 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Almost any time is a good time to talk with former Nittany Lion quarterback Matt McGloin. He’s unabashedly candid, broadcast journ grad articulate and big-league successful. But this week? Well, this week is especially good. [Read More]
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