Coaches Caravan a Big Hit for Coach O'Brien, Penn State Fans

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State's first football game under the direction of head coach Bill O'Brien may not be for another 105 days, but the momentum for the 2012 season is already in motion.

Coach O'Brien kick-started that momentum when he embarked on a 1,968-mile, nine-day caravan beginning on April 30 with a stop in downtown Philadelphia.  For 18 stops, the leader of Nittany Lion football, along with 10 other Penn State coaches, addressed passionate and enthusiastic fans.

Coach O'Brien gave Nittany Lion fans a clear vision on the type of team he wants to field and how he plans on running the football program.  The fan reception across all 18 stops was outstanding.  All in all, the Coaches Caravan was a tremendous success for everyone involved.

In total, nearly 5,000 Penn State fans and alums attended the Coaches Caravan events in Philadelphia, Drexel Hill, Baltimore, Washington D.C, Richmond, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Woodbridge (N.J.), New York, Hartford, Scranton, Altoona, Pittsburgh, Youngstown, Cleveland, Erie and Buffalo.

From a media perspective, Coach O'Brien conducted 61 different one-on-one interviews and 18 press conferences on 11 days from April 30-May 16, bringing the total number of Coaches Caravan media meetings to 79.

GoPSUsports.com provided written, video and photo content from all 18 stops.  Take a look below at several video features posted along the way.

Week One
Philadelphia/Drexel Hill


Baltimore/Washington D.C.


Richmond/Harrisburg



Week Two
Coaches Caravan from a Fan's Perspective


Coach O'Brien Visits New York City


Life on the Caravan Bus



Week Three
Altoona/Pittsburgh


Coaches Caravan Visits Ohio



Below is a compiled list of media coverage from the 2012 Coaches Caravan:

Stories/Columns prior to Caravan event in a city/National
Associated Press - Caravan preview
ESPN.com

Allentown Morning Call
Altoona Mirror
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Harrisburg Patriot News
Home News Tribune
Newark Star-Ledger
New York Daily News
New York Times
Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Scranton Times-Tribune/Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice
Warren Tribune Chronicle
Wilkes-Barre Times Leader


TV-Radio coverage prior to Caravan event in a city
ESPN Radio Altoona & State College
WRTA Radio - Altoona/Tyrone
WMAR-TV - Baltimore
105.7, The Fan - Baltimore
ESPN Radio 950 - Philadelphia
KYW NewsRadio - Philadelphia
ESPN Radio 970 - Pittsburgh
93.7, The Fan - Pittsburgh
Sirius XM - 2 interviews
WBRE-TV - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
WNEP-TV - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
WJAC-TV/Fox 8 - State College/Altoona/Johnstown
WTAJ-TV - State College/Altoona/Johnstown

Stories generated by Caravan event in a city/on bus
Associated Press
Sporting News
USA Today

Allentown Morning Call
Altoona Mirror
Baltimore Sun
Beaver County Times
Bergen Record
Bucks County Courier
Buffalo News
Centre Daily Times
Daily Collegian
Easton Express Times
Erie Times-News
Harrisburg Patriot News
Hartford Courant
Hazleton Standard Speaker
Home News Tribune
Lancaster Intelligencer
Newsday
Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Reading Eagle
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Scranton Times-Tribune/Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice
Washington Post
Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
York Daily Record
Youngstown Vindicator

TV-radio coverage generated by Caravan event in a city
Sports Biz, NBC Sports Network
Yahoo! Sports Radio

ESPN Radio Altoona & State College
WRTA Radio - Altoona/Tyrone
WGRZ-TV - Buffalo
WIVB/WNLO-TV - Buffalo
WKBW-TV - Buffalo
WJET/Fox 66 - Erie
WSEE/WICU-TV - Erie
Fox 43 - York/Harrisburg
WGAL-TV - Lancaster/Harrisburg
WHP-TV - Harrisburg
WHTM-TV - Harrisburg
WYLN-TV - Hazleton
TV2 - Lehigh Valley
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
CBS 3 - Philadelphia
Fox 29 - Philadelphia
WPVI-TV - Philadelphia
KDKA-TV - Pittsburgh
WPXI-TV/Fox53 - Pittsburgh
WTAE-TV - Pittsburgh
93.7, The Fan - Pittsburgh
CBS 6 - Richmond
NBC 12 - Richmond
WBRE-TV - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
WNEP-TV - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
WJAC-TV/Fox 8 - State College/Altoona/Johnstown
WTAJ-TV - State College/Altoona/Johnstown
Comcast SportsNet D.C.
WUSA-TV - Washington, D.C.
WILK Radio - Wilkes-Barre


Web/Social Media coverage generated by Caravan event in a city/bus
Alumni.psu.edu
BlackShoeDiaries.com
BleacherReport.com
BlueWhiteIllustrated.com
CBSSports.com
GoPSUsports.com
Fightonstate.com
Lions247.com
Live.psu.edu
Onward State
Penn State Facebook sites
Penn State and media Twitter accounts
PennStatermag.com
SI.com
SportingNews.com
StateCollege.com
VictoryBellRings.com


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