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Penn State notebook: Defensive line has strong start

By Chris Adamski
DUBLIN — Early during preseason camp, Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop said he believes C.J. Olaniyan and Deion Barnes might be the best defensive end duo in the Big Ten. Olaniyan last week asserted Austin Johnson and Anthony Zettel are the conference’s best pair of defensive tackles. In the …

Penn State edges Central Florida on last-second field goal
By Chris Adamski
DUBLIN — The Gaelic term for “hello” to a group of people is “Dia daoibh.” Plenty of Penn State football members emphatically introduced themselves to …
Penn State notebook: Freshman WR Hamilton impresses
By Chris Adamski
DUBLIN — DaeSean Hamilton didn’t catch a football during his 2013 freshman year at Penn State. Not during a game, scrimmage or practice — not …
Penn State notebook: NCAA rebuts report of eased PSU sanctions
By Chris Adamski
DUBLIN — Calling a national media report from earlier this week “irresponsible,” the NCAA’s chief legal officer on Friday insisted no decision has been made concerning further reduction of the sanctions the organization levied on the Penn State football program. In an email to the Tribune-Review, Donald Remy said the …
Steelers’ Rooney instrumental in bringing American football to Ireland
By Chris Adamski
DUBLIN — Steelers chairman Dan Rooney was surprised to have the Coke Park Classic winner’s trophy named after him. Perhaps he shouldn’t have been. Rooney’s figurative fingerprints are all over Croke Park Stadium. “He was very, very helpful in the design of (the extensive renovation) of Croke Park,” said Peter …
Penn State kicks off Franklin era
By Chris Adamski
DUBLIN — Almost eight months on the job, James Franklin and his assistants finally get to coach Penn State in a game. Every player has …
Despite PSU-Central Fla., Dubliners slow to embrace American football
By Chris Adamski
DUBLIN — Polite and eager to share a conversation about sports with a visiting American, Daire O Maoileidigh smiled sheepishly and chose his words carefully. …
Penn State football team savors cultural experience of Ireland trip
By Chris Adamski
DUBLIN — Judging by their repeated answers to questions about enjoying Ireland and its culture while overseas for the Croke Park Classic this week, players …
UCF’s O’Leary supports further softening of PSU’s sanctions
By Chris Adamski
DUBLIN — With a further softening of NCAA sanctions placed on the Penn State program potentially coming soon, add George O’Leary to the list of those in the college football community who would welcome it. Speaking before leading Central Florida’s practice at the Carton House facility about a half hour …
Penn State QB Hackenberg more comfortable, prepared for sophomore opener
By Chris Adamski
Three-hundred sixty-four days after making his college debut in an NFL stadium that would host the Super Bowl months later, Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg opens …
Mentor role suits Penn State lineman Mangiro
By Chris Adamski
Last season was Angelo Mangiro’s first as a regular — if reserve — contributor to Penn State’s offensive line. This season, he’s instantly become the …
PSU notebook: Freshman cornerback Haley soars up depth chart
By Chris Adamski
Penn State coach James Franklin apparently is not going to make freshmen available to speak with the media. Grant Haley’s turned enough heads during the preseason that plenty of Nittany Lions are talking for him. A 5-foot-9, 186-pound cornerback from Atlanta, Haley might be Penn State’s fastest player. After enrolling …
Penn St. uses versatility to alleviate depth woes
By Chris Adamski
Some might suggest the depth issues Penn State faces are so daunting the only remedy is magic. Nittany Lions coaches have their own way of …
PSU’s Franklin excelling as a dynamic salesman for football program
By Chris Adamski
UNIVERSITY PARK — Whether he’s selling prospective recruits on committing, selling alumni on donating, selling fans on purchasing tickets or selling observers on the notion …
PSU’s Ireland plans still on despite erupting volcano
By Chris Adamski
Penn State continued with plans to depart for Ireland early next week even as an Icelandic volcano that could threaten European air travel began erupting Saturday. Iceland raised its aviation alert to the highest level on its five-point scale and closed 14,000 nautical miles of airspace over the Bardarbunga volcano, …
Underclassmen must step up as Penn State continues to rebuild
By Chris Adamski
The scholarship numbers are on their way up. The bowl ban is at least halfway done, with legitimate hopes it could be in the past …