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Archive: January, 2009

AP Top 25: Now and Then

Friday, January 9, 2009, 2:02 PM
Just to put my Associated Press Top 25 into perspective -- and embarrass myself along the way -- here's my list going into the season compared with the final one I sent in last night. Only 14 of my original top 25 made it onto the final top 25. That's more than 50 percent for those of you keeping score... Read more

Maybin gone

Friday, January 9, 2009, 3:31 PM
Apparently, one season was enough. Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin will declare himself eligible for April’s NFL Draft, according to Maybin informed coach Joe Paterno and defensive line coach Larry Johnson of his decision on Thursday. His family plans to make a formal... Read more

Final AP Top 25

Friday, January 9, 2009, 1:08 AM
I e-mailed my final Associated Press Top 25 ballot in about an hour ago, just minutes after Florida's 24-14 win over Oklahoma in the BCS championship. Frankly, I'm tired, so I'm not going to explain my order. My kids haven't been sleeping so well of late. Nevertheless, here's my list. Talk amongst... Read more

LJ to Illinois?

Thursday, January 8, 2009, 9:39 AM
Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson, Sr. is expected to interview for the defensive line coach position at Illinois this weekend. LJ could also be vying for a co-defensive coordinator spot with the Illini. Illinois coach Ron Zook is also looking to replace his best recruiter, and we know... Read more

Rose Bowl disappointed with JoePa

Wednesday, January 7, 2009, 8:52 PM
A disappointing Rose Bowl isn't quite over for Penn State and its coach, Joe Paterno. After the Nittany Lions lost to Southern Cal, 38-24, on Jan. 1, the Penn State coach did not allow reporters into the team's postgame locker room -- as is Bowl Championship Series procedure -- and the program could... Read more

Rose Bowl, Day 8

Saturday, January 3, 2009, 9:19 AM
LOS ANGELES -- This is my last day here. I'm at the airport ready to board a flight back to Philly. It's been a busy, hectic nine days, but the time spent at the Rose Bowl was exhilarating, nevertheless. Unfortunately, for Penn State fans, the Lions didn't show up and lost to Southern Cal, 38-24. Actually... Read more

Rose Bowl, Day 7

Friday, January 2, 2009, 11:11 AM
LOS ANGELES -- And on the seventh day, he worked. Day 7 for Penn State was its worst. The Lions were ambushed by Southern Cal in the second quarter as the Trojans scored 24 points on their way to a 38-24 victory. Penn State battled in the second half, but this game was essentially over at the break... Read more

Three Amigos: Paterno, Switzer and Johnson

Friday, January 2, 2009, 3:24 PM
LOS ANGELES -- Joe Paterno held his day-after, season-wrap up with the Penn State beat reporters this morning and just as it started, the bull session -- as Joe likes to refer to it -- was interrupted by two tan-looking fellas. Barry Switzer and Jimmie Johnson happened to be at the Hyatt Regency Century... Read more

Rose Bowl Welcome

Thursday, January 1, 2009, 2:01 PM
PASADENA, Calif. -- Welcome to Pleasantville, home of the Rose Bowl. The weather is perfect for today's showdown between Penn State and Southern Cal. The skies are a clear blue and the temperature is steady at 70 degrees. There isn't much wind. The bowl is pretty much empty, save for some workers... Read more

Rose Bowl, Day 6

Thursday, January 1, 2009, 12:33 PM
LOS ANGELES -- Let's jump right to this morning's news on yesterday: -- When Maurice Evans got in trouble and missed three games, Aaron Maybin stepped in and had an all-American season. Now he's the hot ticket right now, a possible first round pick, while Evans' stock plummeted. -- Pete Carroll calls... 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.

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