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Posts Tagged ‘Penn State Nittany Lions.’

Penn State, Central Florida to open 2014 football season in Ireland

(courtesy Penn State)

The Penn State Nittany Lions will open the 2014 college football season against the Central Florida Knights in Ireland.

It’ll be the first international game for either team.

The Gaelic Athletic Association along with officials from both schools made the announcement on Sunday in Dublin, Ireland. The game will be played at Croke Park on August 30.

The 2014 game will be the eighth American college football game to be played in Ireland.

Notre Dame and Navy opened the 2012 season in Dublin’s Aviva Park.

(courtesy UCF)

The Nittany Lions will be the first Big Ten team to play internationally since Michigan State and Wisconsin met in Tokyo, Japan in the finale of the 1993 season.

Fans don’t like hire but Penn State chooses Patriots’ O’Brien as head coach

 

Bill O'Brien of the Patriots in 2007 (photo by Pats! via wikipedia commons)

The faithful fans and alumni of the Penn State Nittany Lions were hoping for a big-name hire to replace Joe Paterno.

Instead, they saw the administration hire a no-name guy in Bill O’Brien.

O’Brien was the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots and is the first head coach in 46 years at Penn State.

The hiring ends a controversial and turbulent two-month stretch that began with the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno on November 9 in the aftermath of the child-sex abuse case against retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

The 42-year-old O’Brien spent this NFL season, his first as the coordinator of the Patriots offense and has also coached the receivers in past seasons.

 

Info compiled from Penn State news, Radio & TV

PENN STATE AT OHIO STATE GAMEWEEK: Buckeyes try to rebound against Nittany Lions

 

(courtesy of Penn State athletics via wikipedia commons)

The Ohio State Buckeyes are looking to rebound this afternoon at home against the Penn State Nittany Lions.

The Buckeyes lost last week in overtime against the Purdue Boilermakers in West Lafayette, 26-23.

The Bucks could’ve won the game in regulation, but the extra point was blocked.

With that loss, OSU is an unheard of 1-3 on the road this season. During Jim Tressel’s tenure as a coach, they lost only three road games.

Today at 3:30 p.m., the Buckeyes will be hosting Penn State who is 8-2, 5-1 and the #1 team in the Leaders Division. OSU leads the series 13-12 and won 38-14 last year in Columbus.

The Nittany Lions are trying rebound themselves from a loss to Nebraska, 17-14, and the loss of their long-time head coach Joe Paterno.

Penn State, before a couple of weeks ago, was one of the cleanest programs in college football. But then the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse accusations started, and the media-blitz of bad press has followed since. Those accusations on Sandusky have resulted in the president, Paterno, the athletic director and the Business manager who ran the campus police all being ousted.

Penn State has a storied program with 826 all-time wins (5th in nation), 43 Bowl Games (8th in nation), 27 Bowl Wins (3rd in nation), 95 1st Team All-America Selections.

The Nittany Lions are now coached by defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, who is in his 33rd season at his alma mater.

Special teams might play into this game.

Penn State on kickoff returns is led by Chaz Powell and has ran one back for a TD. Punt returner Justin Brown is steady and catches all balls.

The placekicking/punter duties belong to Anthony Fera who averages 42.1 yards a punt and is 12 of 15 on field goals. He is 1 for 4 from 40 yards or more.

Ohio State’s KOR and PR is led by the explosive Jordan Hall.

 

 

DeChellis leaves Penn State to run Navy’s basketball program

 

Ed DeChellis (Penn State photo)

Ed DeChellis, who did the impossible, rebuilding the Penn State Nittany Lions basketball program into a Big Ten contender, is leaving to coach at the U.S. Naval Academy.

He led the Nittany Lions men’s team to the NCAA tournament this past season.

In eight years under DeChellis’ leadership, Penn State was 114-138, but just 41-95 in the tough Big Ten regular-season.

 

Info courtesy of Penn State & U.S. Naval Academy

Penn State beats OSU to win series

Matt Streng (courtesy of OSU athletics)

The Penn State Nittany Lions pulled out a nip-and-tuck game which featured five lead changes against the visiting Buckeyes, 10-9. The win allowed the Nittany Lions to take the rubber game of the three-game series.

Matt Streng had three hits, including a double, for Ohio State who drops to 16-18 overall, 6-6 in the Big Ten. Tim Wetzel and Ryan Cypret each had two hits.

Penn State scored twice in the bottom of the seventh on a error, a walk and two singles.

 

 

Info courtesy of Ohio State athletics

 

 

 

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