1. Penn State Football: What Are James Franklin's Benchmarks for Success in 2014?

    As you may have heard, the Penn State Nittany Lions football team will be led by a new head coach when they next take the field. Bill O'Brien has moved on to the NFL, and James Franklin is now the man in charge...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 5 months ago 4,145 reads 3 comments

  2. Penn State Recruiting: Jerome Baker Would Be Perfect 'Star' on Defense

    James Franklin played host to his first junior day at Penn State last weekend, and the list of visitors wasn't short on talent...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 5 months ago 11,019 reads 3 comments

  3. Penn State Football: The Mount Rushmore of Linebacker U

    Leading up to the NBA All-Star Weekend, it seemed as though everyone felt a need to name their own NBA "Mount Rushmore...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 5 months ago 8,902 reads 30 comments

  4. Penn State Football: Who Will Replace Allen Robinson in Starting Lineup in 2014?

    All Allen Robinson did during his three years at Penn State was win back-to-back Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year awards, while establishing himself as one of—if not the best—wide receiver to ever lace up for the Nittany Lions...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 5 months ago 3,928 reads 2 comments

  5. Penn State Football: Why Coaching Changes Could Benefit Upperclassmen

    The Nittany Lions lost some of the best position coaches in the country this offseason in defensive line coach Larry Johnson, linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden and wide receivers coach Stan Hixon ...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 6 months ago 8,703 reads 5 comments

  6. Penn State Football: James Franklin Can Make Recruiting Splash at Rutgers in '14

    There are two things that go hand-in-hand with night games in college football: national television exposure and recruiting...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 6 months ago 15,877 reads 2 comments

  7. Penn State Recruiting: Nittany Lions' Top 10 2015 Regional Targets

    Penn State head coach James Franklin told reporters at his introductory press conference that his recruiting strategy going forward will be to "dominate the state," per Audrey Snyder of PennLive ...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 6 months ago 12,749 reads 10 comments

  8. Penn State Football: Offense of the Future in Place with 2014 Recruiting Class

    The Nittany Lions logged letters of intent from the newest members of the football program on Wednesday, and there's no arguing where the majority of the talent is grouped...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 6 months ago 3,276 reads 2 comments

  9. Penn State Recruiting: Saeed Blacknall Will Make Immediate at WR

    The Nittany Lions lost arguably the best receiver in the program's history when Allen Robinson decided to enter the draft and forgo his senior season...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 6 months ago 3,880 reads 7 comments

  10. Penn State Football Recruiting: Meet the Nittany Lions' 2014 Class

    James Franklin's first recruiting class as the head coach of Penn State is in the books, and it's an impressive cast of characters...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 6 months ago 15,420 reads 8 comments

  11. Penn State Football: Impact of James Franklin's SEC Connections on Recruiting

    If you take a close enough look at schools and conferences, there are tendencies when it comes to recruiting. In particular, geographical tendencies...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 6 months ago 7,303 reads 7 comments

  12. Penn State Football: James Franklin's Biggest National Signing Day Battles

    The 2014 recruiting cycle is winding down, but the work isn't over yet. After a weekend that saw the Nittany Lions land commitments from Saeed Blacknall and Koa Farmer , James ...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 6 months ago 12,455 reads 7 comments

  13. Penn State Football: Profiling James Franklin's Nittany Lions Coaching Staff

    After accepting the job at Penn State in early January, new Nittany Lions head football coach James Franklin began assembling his coaching staff. On Friday, that staff was introduced to the world, according to John Taylor of CollegeFootballTalk .

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 6 months ago 7,914 reads 4 comments

  14. James Franklin Is the Best Recruiter Penn State Has Ever Had

    In an after being hired, new Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin made a comment on 93.7's The Fan Morning Show (via CBS Pittsburgh) that he will sleep two hours a night if that's what it takes to get the program where he wants it..

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 6 months ago 9,988 reads 12 comments

  15. Penn State Football: Focus on WR Recruiting Music to Christian Hackenberg's Ears

    With the 2014 recruiting cycle coming to a close in just a couple of weeks, the Nittany Lions have solid verbal commitments from 4-star Under Armour All-American wide receivers ...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 6 months ago 14,627 reads 15 comments

  16. Penn State Football: Replacing Leaders Won't Be a Problem for Nittany Lions

    Leadership is a quality that you can't see with the naked eye. It isn't always an indicator of talent and it's not something that can be faked. There are born leaders and there are others who simply aren't cut from that mold...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 6 months ago 10,337 reads 7 comments

  17. Penn State Football: A Statistical Look at James Franklin's Vanderbilt Success

    It's uncommon for someone to become one of the hottest coaching candidates in the country by winning just nine games two seasons in a row, but that's precisely what Penn State's new ...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 7 months ago 3,586 reads 1 comments

  18. Penn State Recruiting: How Many Scholarships Does James Franklin Think He Has?

    UPDATE 1/14/14 10:54 a.m. EST : According to Chris Smith of 247Sports, 3-star OL Brendan Brosnan has flipped his commitment from Vanderbilt to Penn State...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 7 months ago 17,480 reads 17 comments

  19. Is Penn State a Means to an End or a Destination Job for James Franklin?

    Penn State has found its replacement for Bill O'Brien in former Vanderbilt head football coach James Franklin. He will become the 16th head coach in Nittany Lions history, according to a press release from the school...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 7 months ago 6,508 reads 7 comments

  20. Penn State Recruiting: 5 Vanderbilt Commits Nittany Lions Could Target

    UPDATE 1/11/14 9:30 a.m.: James Franklin has been hired as Penn State's new head coach. Though nothing is yet official, all signs point to Penn State hiring Vanderbilt's James Franklin to be the next Nittany Lion head coach...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 7 months ago 21,208 reads 36 comments

  21. Penn State Football: Why Mike Munchak Is Not the Right Answer in Happy Valley

    Penn State's search for its next head coach is dragging on a little longer than most fans expected. It wasn't that expectations were unreasonable. According to Dustin Hockensmith of PennLive ...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 7 months ago 10,476 reads 39 comments

  22. Penn State Football: Why James Franklin Is the Perfect Fit to Replace O'Brien

    Bill O'Brien has taken his talents to Houston and has left behind a solid foundation at Penn State for the next head coach in Happy Valley...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 7 months ago 27,466 reads 74 comments

  23. Penn State Recruiting: Michael O'Connor Waiting Patiently for Coaching Hire

    1/12/14 UPDATE: Michael O'Connor is in State College, has met with new head coach James Franklin and will enroll in classes at Penn State this week. Florida 4-star quarterback Michael O'Connor has spent the past several days in St...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 7 months ago 5,289 reads 3 comments

  24. Penn State Football: Top 5 Coaching Candidates to Replace Bill O'Brien

    At 10:34 p.m. ET on New Year's Eve, ESPN College Football tweeted that the Bill O'Brien is leaving Penn State for the vacant Houston Texans job. Luckily for Nittany Nation, O'Brien left Penn State in much better condition than it was when he arrived...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 7 months ago 65,720 reads 113 comments

  25. Penn State Football Recruiting: 4 Players to Watch in High School All-Star Games

    With both the Under Armour All-American Game and the Army All-American Bowl approaching, Penn State will be well represented in the high school all star games of 2014. Well, at least in one of them...

    Tim Tolley Written by Tim Tolley about 7 months ago 2,111 reads 1 comments