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The Penn Stater — Jan. 13, 2014

New semester, new coach, new era: Students are back in class today for the start of the Spring 2014 semester, but they’re not the only ones settling in to a new workload. And you can bet James Franklin was up earlier than most of them. Per @PennStateFball, the Nittany Lions’ 16th head football coach followed up a very busy weekend by getting to his new office by 5 a.m. today.

Bd2hMvFCQAEgRN-If you’re just now catching up on news of Franklin’s hiring, you can read our weekend recap of his introductory press conference here. For broader perspective, a few links worth checking out:

* Franklin’s busy weekend included Saturday’s press conference and photo ops and continued Sunday with appearances at the women’s volleyball banquet, the wrestling meet, and the Lady Lion basketball game. GoPSUSports has video.

* Local fan and media reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, and while a handful of national columnists reacted with skepticism and scorn, most outside the Penn State community have nothing but praise for the hire. ESPN’s Ivan Maisel has some good perspective on this one, while the network’s Big Ten reporter, Adam Rittenberg, weighs the risks and rewards of Franklin’s hire.

* Franklin’s reputation as an ace recruiter is understandably getting a lot of attention. The should be very good news for Penn State, and as a couple of writers familiar with his previous jobs point out, temporarily very bad for Vanderbilt, and indefinitely awful for Maryland.

A really B1G show: Some great Penn State stories are featured on tonight’s episode of “BTN Live BIG,” airing at 11 p.m. Eastern on the Big Ten Network. The university’s nationally respected ability athletics program is highlighted, as is the work of David Hughes, the biologist whose fascinating research into “zombie ants” we’ve featured in the magazine. If you can’t stay up for it, set your DVR.

What’s in a (domain) name? If you’ve got $4,583 burning a hole in your pocket, you can bid on the rights to That’s the reported starting bid for the URL, which the university recently allowed to expire. The university’s home page, of course, is

Closer to take-off: We’ve told you all about Penn State’s Lunar Lion team. The latest update from the (hopefully) moon-bound team? They recently tested their rocket engines, and happily, “everything went as planned.”

Ryan Jones, senior editor

January 13, 2014 at 12:05 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 25, 2013

There’s one story about the university dominating the media this morning: The NCAA’s decision to ease the sanctions against Penn State, namely by restoring scholarships sooner than planned. Here are some worthwhile reads we’ve found:

Best detail: Most of the coverage has focused on reactions to the NCAA’s decision. But Mike Dawson ’02 is the only one who wrote about exactly what Penn State did that convinced Sen. George Mitchell to recommend to the NCAA that some scholarships be restored. (He’s got a particularly complete overall story, too.)

Behind the scenes: Don’t underestimate the role that the Big Ten, particularly its powerful commissioner, Jim Delany, played in this decision. This piece from Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated, who were covering a meeting of NCAA Division I athletic directors, provides some insight.

NCAA feeling pressure: Nationally, the story was less “Penn State gets scholarships back” and more “Embattled NCAA realizes it overreached.” Among the standout columns: Pat Forde of Yahoo, Ivan Maisel of, and Dana O’Neil ’90 of

Victim advocates: Jeff Franz ’04 of the Harrisburg Patriot-News checked in with two advocates for abused children: Delilah Rumburg, CEO of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, and Cathleen Palm, of the Protect Our Children Committee. They agreed with the decision.

The other side: While most of the coverage has praised the decision, there are a few dissenters. One is Christine Brennan of USA Today, who’s been highly critical of Penn State since the story broke; another is Seth Gruen of the Chicago Sun-Times.

The student perspective: Anna Orso, one of the Collegian‘s football writers, gives credit to Rod Erickson, whom she covered as an administration reporter, and Bill DiFillippo of Onward State analyzes the team’s scholarship and personnel situation through the 2016-17 season, when the full 85 scholarships will be restored.

Did we miss any pieces you found that are beautifully written? Particularly enlightening? Let us know in the comments.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

September 25, 2013 at 9:59 am Leave a comment

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