Herb Hand

Franklin asks Herb Hand to cut back on tweets aimed at Pitt

Penn State and Pittsburgh will finally resume their series on the football field in 2016 with the start of a four-game series between the instate rivals. The build-up to that renewal of the series should continue to build in recruiting battles between the coaches at both schools, but James Franklin has asked one of his […]

Cup of Joe

Morning Cup of Joe – PSU flips Pitt TE and lessons in social media

Another day, another player heading to Penn State. Also, a lesson in social networking habits and a round-up from around the Big Ten and beyond. Put an extra spoonful of sugar in your Cup of Joe this morning. You’ve earned it. Penn State recruiting updates Following a day with two defensive linemen added to the […]

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Penn State flips Pitt TE Nick Bowers for Class of 2015

I am already eager to see what Herb Hand will tweet next. Penn State added recruit No. 23 to the Class of 2015 by flexing some in-state muscle. Tight end Nick Bowers has switched his verbal commit from Pittsburgh to Penn State. Both Rivals and 247 Sports reported the recruiting update shortly after a signature […]

Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel. Photo: Penn Stater Magazine

James Franklin offers PSU player a reminder about Success With Honor

Some day college football players will learn not everything needs to be shared to the public. Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones found that out, as you may have heard by now, but things turned out OK for him. Maybe Penn State sophomore safety Bryant Harper will learn a lesson after being publicly scorned by his […]


What Big Ten West team would you want Penn State to schedule?

Earlier today North Carolina and Wake Forest announced an upcoming home-and-home deal to be played in 2019 and 2021. Yes, two ACC schools agreed to play each other in a non-conference scheduling agreement. It is weird, but it may be the new reality of power conferences in college football when it comes to scheduling. With […]

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Penn State adds Philly defensive end Shareef Miller to Class of 2015

Penn State was not done adding to the Class of 2015 on Sunday. Following the commitment of defensive tackle Robert Windsor to this year’s recruiting class, one more defensive linemen joined the pack. Defensive end Shareef Miller, out of Philadelphia, committed to Penn State a day after getting to campus for a visit. Miller is […]

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Penn State adds DT Robert Windsor to Class of 2015

With National Signing Day coming up next week, Penn State has received a verbal commitment from Wisconsin defensive tackle Robert Windsor. Windsor made his commitment Sunday morning, just days after making an official visit to Penn State. Well, somebody committed to Penn State. RT


Pitt coaches taking a page from James Franklin’s recruiting playbook

Charles Colton may be best known for the phrase “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Pittsburgh’s new coaching staff in western Pennsylvania must be fond of the way James Franklin conducts his recruiting efforts, because some sales pitches coming across social media this week shows some familiar pitches from Pitt coaches. Take a quick […]

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Reviewing Penn State’s Scholarships: Offense

National Signing Day is just under two weeks away, and Penn State has a full set of scholarships to work with. It will still take a little bit of time before the program is back up to a full set of total scholarships, but James Franklin and the coaching staff are doing all they can […]

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2015 Penn State of the Union

The 2014 college football season is in the books. It was quite a ride for Penn State football fans with a new head coach, a major shift in philosophy from the NCAA, expansion in the Big Ten and the age of autonomy becoming a reality, a cross-Atlantic flight to Ireland for the season opener and a […]

The original Joe Paterno statue was located outside Beaver Stadium before being torn down in 2012. Photo: Kevin McGuire

NCAA restores the roar, and 112 Penn State wins

The time is 1:06 p.m. on a Friday. I texted my father, who I assumed may have been on his lunch break at the time. “NCAA restored all of Penn State’s vacated wins,” I sent. “Just saw that. It’s about time,” my father, a long-time season ticket holder despite actually being a graduate of West […]

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When it comes to merchandise sales, Pennsylvania “Backs the Pac”

James Franklin is on a mission to dominate the state of Pennsylvania (and surrounding regions) in recruiting, and it seems as though he has more than a Big Ten problem. Apparently there is a rooting interest in the Oregon Ducks within the Keystone State. Darren Rovell, ESPN’s sports business reporter, shared this map of the […]

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Class of 2015: Dominate The State snapshot

National Signing Day is a few weeks away. Here’s a quick check on how James Franklin and his staff are fulfilling the attempt to dominate the state. Six 4-star players in Class of 2015 in Pennsylvania according to the