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Joe Paterno cliff notes

Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 1:52 PM
Joe Paterno had his weekly teleconference today and the Penn State coach didn't snap at reporters once (well, sort of). Must be nice to be 5-0 and ranked No. 6 in the country. Here's a snippet of what Paterno had to say with Purdue looming (along with my smarty pants comments): 1. Acknowledged his... Read more

Williams Big Ten Special Teams potw

Monday, September 29, 2008, 2:13 PM
Penn State returner Derrick Williams was named Big Ten Special Teams player of the week for his performance in the Nittany Lions' 38-24 win over Illinois on Saturday. Williams had a clutch 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter that gave Penn State a 31-17 lead. He also had a... Read more

Penn State-Purdue notes

Monday, September 29, 2008, 11:25 PM
The Penn State athletic department released its injury report and depth chart tonight in advance of Saturday's game with Purdue. Wide receiver Jordan Norwood, who missed the Illinois game with a hamstring injury, is listed as probable. Coach Joe Paterno said after the game that he expected Norwood... Read more

Slip sliding away

Monday, September 29, 2008, 9:10 AM
Any doubts that may existed about Penn State are starting to slip away after the Lions' 38-24 win over Illinois on Saturday. But before you reserve those tickets to the Orange Bowl, though, just remember that it doesn't get any easier from here on out. After opening with four of five games at Beaver... Read more

Penn State moves up

Sunday, September 28, 2008, 11:12 AM
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- After its convincing 38-24 win over Illinois last night, Penn State moved up from No. 14 to No. 7 in my latest Associated Press poll ballot. The Nittany Lions, of course, benefited from the losses by Southern Cal, Florida, Georgia and Wisconsin and bolstered their reputation after... Read more

Penn State No. 6

Sunday, September 28, 2008, 5:08 PM
After an impressive win and a host of upsets Penn State garnered the respect it felt it deserved from the voters, moving up to No. 6 in both the Associated Press and USAToday coaches' polls. This is the Nittany Lions' highest ranking since finishing No. 3 in the final 2005 polls. One other note, the... Read more

Penn State 38, Illinois 24

Sunday, September 28, 2008, 2:36 AM
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The Nittany Lions did what they had to do and took care of Illinois, 38-24, tonight. It wasn't a statement performance, but it showed that Penn State is a serious contender for the Big Ten title and maybe, just maybe, a player in the national title hunt. Here's my first running-and-top... Read more

Clark vs. Williams

Saturday, September 27, 2008, 12:08 PM
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- In last year's game between Penn State and Illinois, Lions quarterback Daryll Clark could do nothing but watch as starter Anthony Morelli imploded late in the game, while the Illini's Juice Williams had been yanked at that point. Both will be starting tonight when the two teams... Read more

Big Ten time

Friday, September 26, 2008, 8:42 AM
Penn State opens the Big Ten slate tomorrow with Illinois and it's looking more and more as if the Lions could be in the conference championship conversation. Of course, Penn State has a bunch of knocks against it, chief among them being they've only won two crowns in their previous 15 seasons in the... Read more

Penn State-Illinois prediction

Friday, September 26, 2008, 5:07 PM
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- I drove up to Happy Valley a little early to beat the expected mass of travelers. It's actually not raining right now, but around kickoff tomorrow night it looks like it's going to be a toss up as far as there being inclement weather. Whether it rains or not I don't think it will... Read more
About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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