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Archive: January, 2009

A look at the schedule, part II

Saturday, January 31, 2009, 4:09 PM
Here's the second part of our look at the schedule along with an educated guess of what Paterno will say about the opposing team the Tuesday before: Oct. 3 at Illinois: If Larry Johnson had taken the defensive coordinator position with the Illini this might have been a game with a little added cache... Read more

A look at the schedule, part I

Friday, January 30, 2009, 1:30 PM
It's 29 days since the Rose Bowl, 86 days until the Blue-White game and 217 days until the opener on Sept. 5. Does that mean it's too early to talk about next season's schedule? Nah. Penn State released the 2009 schedule and while most hardcore Lions fans pretty much knew the slate by heart, yesterday... Read more

Positively Penn State

Thursday, January 29, 2009, 9:41 AM
At the risk of sounding like a pollyanna, Penn State has reason to puff out its chest this week and "Lion Eyes" figures it'll hop on the bandwagon and help spread the good news. With National Signing Day a week away, Penn State's recruiting haul is looking like a solid group. The Lions have... Read more

Akron opener official

Thursday, January 29, 2009, 4:29 PM
Penn State has officially announced its football schedule for the coming season. It was essentially set in stone, but the first game against Akron was still up in the air. There was some talk that Fran Ganter, who handles the schedule, was looking to switch that game or the Eastern Illinois game for... Read more

Happy Valley commitments

Saturday, January 17, 2009, 9:51 PM
Penn State landed three recruits when two high school seniors and one junior committed to the Nittany Lions today during visits, according to the Web site fightonstate.com. Shawney Kersey, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver from Woodbury, N.J. gave Penn State his pledge earlier in the day. John Urschel... Read more

Evans officially gone

Friday, January 16, 2009, 2:14 PM
In case there was any confusion, Penn State's Maurice Evans has officially declared for the NFL Draft. The junior defensive end had until yesterday to inform all pertinent parties that he was leaving college a year early. Defensive line coach Larry Johnson confirmed this last night and the team, through... Read more

LJ on the record

Thursday, January 15, 2009, 10:09 PM
In case you hadn't heard, Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson ain't goin' nowhere. You can scroll down to see my initial post. But I spoke to the man an hour ago so there's no further need for sourcing. Here's the transcript of my Q&A with LJ. The full story will be in tomorrow's newspaper... Read more

LJ staying

Thursday, January 15, 2009, 5:22 PM
Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson has decided not to accept a job offer from Illinois and will stay with the Nittany Lions, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported this afternoon. Inquirer sources confirmed the news. This past weekend Johnson met with Illinois coach Ron Zook and was offered... Read more

Evans gone, too

Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 2:23 PM
And then there were two. Could Larry Johnson be next? Penn State defensive end Maurice Evans is following in teammate Aaron Maybin's footsteps and is leaving college early to declare for the NFL Draft, according to team sources. The 6-foot-2, 265-pound junior had until Thursday to make a decision... Read more

Green sidelined for the spring

Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 8:49 PM
I guess the information I got from the team about the three injured players in the Rose Bowl was incorrect. One of the three will miss spring practice and that person is running back Stephfon Green. Green dislocated his right ankle and will miss 3-4 months, according to team doctor Wayne Sebastianelli... Read more
About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season will be Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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