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Archive: October, 2009

The Twilight Zone

Saturday, October 17, 2009, 2:43 PM
This might be the strangest thing I've ever seen. The trees in State College and the surrounding environs are the same beautiful shades of gold, orange and yellow that we see every year in mid-October. But a special effect has been added this year -- snow. The contrast in the colors is unbelievable... Read more

Considering non-conference scheduling

Thursday, October 15, 2009, 4:14 PM
Hey, how about this revolutionary idea from Minnesota coach Tim Brewster: Scheduling tough non-conference opponents helps your recruiting. Whoa! Why don't more football coaches in the Big Ten feel that way? I know what you're thinking. Highly skilled high school recruits pick Penn State because of... Read more

Lion Eyes: Snowing in State College

Thursday, October 15, 2009, 3:47 PM
I'm dreamin' of a white ... Homecoming?? The National Weather Service in State College reported the earliest snowfall in recorded history, measuring four-tenths of an inch of snow shortly after noon today. But that's just the preliminary. The weather service said two storms -- one tonight, and one... Read more

A mutual admiration society

Saturday, October 10, 2009, 6:44 PM
Judging from their post-game comments, Joe Paterno and Bob Spoo really hit it off today. Maybe they were just happy to coach against someone from roughly the same generation. The 82-year-old Penn State coach and his 71-year-old Eastern Illinois counterpart met near midfield while their players were... Read more

Now we can start the season

Saturday, October 10, 2009, 6:30 PM
Gee, we thought Penn State's non-conference schedule would never end. But now that Eastern Illinois is heading home with a $450,000 check after being hammered 52-3, Penn State and its fans can finally look forward to the second half of the season -- six tough but winnable Big Ten games. The toughest... Read more

A battle between two old coaches

Thursday, October 8, 2009, 5:43 PM
Maybe you could call Saturday's game between Penn State and Eastern Illinois the "Metamucil Bowl." On one sideline of Beaver Stadium will be the Nittany Lion himself, 82-year-old Joe Paterno. On the other sideline will be the youngster, 71-year-old Bob Spoo of the visiting Panthers. By... Read more

Penn State’s Hull leaves walk-on days behind

Thursday, October 8, 2009, 3:13 PM
Josh Hull never has lacked confidence, as illustrated by his decision to enroll at Penn State and walk on as a linebacker at a university noted for finding the best linebackers in the country. When Hull, then just 205 pounds, informed coaches at the lower-classification schools that were recruiting... Read more

Recruiting: Stud LB Fortt commits to Nits

Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 4:01 PM
The Nittany Lions welcomed another highly touted high school player to the fold when linebacker Khairi Fortt of Stamford (Conn.) High School announced he had made an oral commitment to Penn State. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Fortt is ranked as the No. 2 outside linebacker and No. 30 overall player by... Read more

Paterno mum on Bowden

Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 3:58 PM
Given another chance to stick up for his buddy, Bobby Bowden, Joe Paterno decided to punt. Paterno was asked during his weekly teleconference today about his reaction to the chairman of the Florida State board of trustees asking Bowden to retire, but he claimed not to know enough about the... Read more

Up Next: Tony Romo's alma mater, Eastern Illinois

Monday, October 5, 2009, 3:55 PM
For those of you who are interested in any Penn State opponent, no matter how overmatched they may seem, here are some things you may not know about the Panthers of Eastern Illinois: --The school is the alma mater of current Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (OK, maybe you did know that). --Romo... 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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