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Archive: August, 2012

Penn State's Bill O'Brien awaits first game as a head coach

Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 3:19 PM
It will be nearly eight months since the day he was hired at Penn State when Bill O’Brien finally takes to the sideline for his first game as a head coach at any level. Given all that has happened since January, he might have thought often that the day would never come. But speaking Tuesday... Read more

Penn State's QB backup plan comes off the Bench

Monday, August 27, 2012, 2:32 PM
When Bill O'Brien's first depth chart was released on Monday, many fans likely asked the same question: Who the heck is Steven Bench? While for the first time in three seasons there is no doubt about who is Penn State's No. 1 quarterback -- as expected, senior Matt McGloin was named the starter --... Read more

O'Brien rallies fans at Penn State pep rally

Monday, August 27, 2012, 12:43 PM
On the night before the first day of classes, Penn State men’s basketball coach Pat Chambers stood in the center of Rec Hall, facing about 5,000 Penn State freshmen. “I’m going to teach you a cheer,” Chambers told the crowd. “When I say ‘O,’ you say, ‘B... Read more

Some surprises on Penn State's depth chart for Ohio

Monday, August 27, 2012, 11:57 AM
The depth chart released Monday by new Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien for the Nittany Lions’ season opener against Ohio contains some surprises. One of the bigger ones is at defensive end where redshirt freshman Deion Barnes, a graduate of Northeast High School, is considered even... Read more

O'Brien to appear at annual Penn State pep rally

Sunday, August 26, 2012, 12:15 AM
Bill O'Brien knows the football team needs extra support this year, and he knows exactly where he can get it from -- enthusiastic freshmen. On Sunday night -- six days before his first game on the Penn State sideline --O'Brien is scheduled to appear at the annual "Be a Part from the Start" pep rally... Read more

Video: Progression of Penn State football heading into opener

Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 1:13 AM
Video: With the departure of Silas Redd to USC, what is the state of the Nittany Lions' running back situation? The Inquirer's Joe Juliano discusses Penn State's progression with CineSport's Brian Clark. Read more

Video: Can Penn State defy the odds?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 10:36 AM
Video: NCAA sanctions, injuries and defections have lowered expectations for Penn State football. Can the Nittany Lions succeed despite it all? Joe Juliano of the Inquirer weighs in. Read more

Penn State loses another high-profile high school player

Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 8:09 AM
Penn State has lost another of its high-profile commitments, with offensive tackle Dorian Johnson of Belle Vernon High School near Pittsburgh having informed head coach Bill O’Brien that he will look elsewhere. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Johnson, whom Rivals rated as a four-star recruit and No... Read more

Penn State to add names to back of football jerseys

Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 3:31 PM
Penn State football has made a change to its iconic uniforms, announcing Tuesday that the player’s name will be placed on the back of the jersey “in recognition of (his) resolve and dedication to the team and the university,” according to a statement. Penn State also announced that... Read more

Linebacker Fortt latest of Penn State players to transfer

Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 10:07 AM
Five days before the start of pre-season practice, Penn State has seen more players leave a program that was clobbered with heavy sanctions by the NCAA because of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Junior tailback Silas Redd was the most significant player to leave, having announced Tuesday that he 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.

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