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Penn State gets verbal commitment from Maryland defensive end

By Chris Adamski
Eleven days after Penn State secured its first verbal commitment for the Class of 2016, the Nittany Lions landed another highly regarded prospect. Shane Simmons, a junior at DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Md., and one of the country’s top defensive ends as ranked by recruiting services, announced he intends to …

Big Ten Conference foes are setting sights on powerful Ohio State
By Chris Adamski
CHICAGO — The Big Ten has a defending champion in Michigan State, a recent three-year run of Rose Bowl appearances by Wisconsin and an all-time …
Former walk-ons may lose scholarships under Penn State’s Franklin
By Chris Adamski
CHICAGO — Without getting specific, Penn State coach James Franklin on Tuesday shed light on his roster’s scholarship situation for the upcoming season. Franklin expects his team to play with 72 scholarship players, he said during a roundtable discussion to wrap up Big Ten media days. That’s three fewer than …
Pa. congressmen ask NCAA to relax sanctions on Penn State football
By Chris Adamski
CHICAGO — Rankled by NCAA president Mark Emmert’s recent testimony before a U.S. Senate committee, U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent joined four Pennsylvania colleagues in writing …
Rutgers football coach says Scarlet Knights, Big Ten ‘a tremendous marriage’
By Chris Adamski
CHICAGO — Though their moves were announced more than 20 months ago, Rutgers and Maryland took part in their first official conference event at Big Ten media days. Maryland spent the prior six decades in the ACC; Rutgers was in the Big East for football for more than 20 years. …
Big Ten media days notebook: Commissioner discusses hot-button issues
By Chris Adamski
• Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany took tactful positions on some hot-button national college-sports issues during his Big Ten media days address Monday. “I’ve used the word ‘overmatched,’ ” Delany said on the NCAA’s violation enforcement officers. “I haven’t really gone much beyond that. I don’t intend to today. … …
Former Gateway coach Smith is ‘perfect fit’ for Penn State football staff
By Chris Adamski
Terry Smith has walked through the doors and into the lobby of Penn State’s Lasch Building  almost daily for half a year now. The feeling …
Penn State names Barbour new AD
By Chris Adamski
UNIVERSITY PARK — Championing her breadth of experience over three decades as a college administrator, Penn State introduced Sandy Barbour as its new athletic director …
Penn State recruiting class has Garden variety
By Chris Adamski
Penn State’s Jersey Boys span the Garden State, some residing more than 100 miles apart. But before these six highly regarded 2015 recruits unite in University Park, they’re developing close bonds — the way today’s teenagers do. “Whether it’s Twitter, Facebook or (iPhone) group chat,” Union City offensive lineman Steven …
Paterno son, another ex-football assistant coach suing PSU
By Chris Adamski
Another Paterno v. Penn State lawsuit has been filed. Jay Paterno, son of longtime former PSU football coach Joe Paterno and a former  assistant coach under his father, joined fellow former assistant Bill Kenney in filing a $1 million lawsuit against Penn State in U.S. District Court on Monday. The …
Woodland Hills junior RB picks Penn State
By Chris Adamski
Miles Sanders already has had a productive high school football career, and he hasn’t even begun his junior year. Penn State coaches saw enough to …
College football notebook: Date moved up for Pitt-Penn State game
By Staff and Wire Reports
The wait for the first meeting between Pitt and Penn State at Beaver Stadium in almost two decades just got a week shorter. On Thursday, …
PSU’s Hackenberg on O’Brien Award watch list
By Chris Adamski
Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg is one of five true sophomores on the 33-player preseason watch list for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Hackenberg, the …
Former Butler, PSU LB sharing insights with young players
By Jerry Clark
Football may have taken Tyrell Sales around the world, but the Butler native has found his way back home, and he is happy to have …
Penn State notebook: LB Kline sits out activities
By John Mcgonigal
UNIVERSITY PARK — With a gray plastic boot on his left leg, senior linebacker Ben Kline drove around the Penn State Lacrosse Field with a watchful eye. The president of Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes chapter, Kline, hampered by a reported Achilles injury, was instrumental in organizing this year’s Lift For …
Penn State junior tight end James measures up with best in country
By Chris Adamski
UNIVERSITY PARK — It wasn’t words that caught the attention of Jesse James’ new coach. The size and speed, though — those James Franklin couldn’t …