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Coach Franklin Headed to ESPN Campus for 'Car Wash'

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ESPN_CFP_blog.jpgUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Head coach James Franklin will travel to Bristol on Tuesday to spend a day on the ESPN campus going through a "car wash".

Franklin will participate in a wide range of ESPN activities during his stop, including television interviews on SportsCenter, College Football Live and His & Hers.  Franklin will spend nearly four hours talking on or participating in approximately eight ESPN platforms, including two live hits on SportsCenter.

Coach Franklin ESPN "Car Wash" Events



The Championship Drive Football Podcast

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Freddie Coleman Radio

ESPN Radio

Digital Media

ESPN Images

His & Hers


ESPNU College Football Blitz


College Football Live


Ian Fitzsimmons Radio

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Not all of the interviews will be conducted live (more information on the schedule to be announced at a time closer to air time), but fans are encouraged to stay tuned to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 throughout the day on Tuesday for coverage of Franklin during his trip to the ESPN campus.

2015 Big Ten Media Day - Photo Blog

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CHICAGO - Coach James Franklin and seniors Jordan Lucas, Angelo Mangiro and Anthony Zettel unofficially kicked off the 2015 season at Big Ten Media Day on Friday, July 31 inside the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place downtown Chicago. Here are some photos from the days events.


















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2015 Big Ten Media Day Coverage

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2015_B1G_Media_1.jpgVIDEO: James Franklin Media Day Press Conference | Media Day Transcript  | Media Day - Photo Blog

CHICAGO - Coach James Franklin and seniors Jordan Lucas, Angelo Mangiro and Anthony Zettel unofficially kicked off the 2015 season at Big Ten Media Day on Friday inside the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place downtown Chicago.

Franklin and the trio of players participated in a wide range of activities with local and national media throughout the day.  Take a look through highlights from a busy day in Chicago.

8:30 a.m. - Television and Radio Circuit Kicks Off Media Days
It was an early start to the day for Coach Franklin and the Nittany Lions. Franklin sat down with ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg to kick off a busy day of interviews. The television and radio circuit included stops at Big Ten Network, CBS, ESPN, FOX and SiriusXM College Sports. The players filmed segments that will air on preview shows throughout the fall, including ESPN's College Gameday.

9:30 a.m. - Coach Franklin Addresses the Media
Head coach James Franklin stepped to the podium on Friday morning to speak with the more than 500 credentialed media members. Franklin spent 15 minutes discussing the Nittany Lions as the team gets set for training camp.

"Well, really excited about the opportunity to be here today, represent Penn State, represent the Big Ten," Franklin said. "You think about the story that's being told about our institution and the Big Ten as a whole this year compared to last year. It couldn't be more dramatically different."

Sound bites from the press meeting:

11229344.jpeg- Franklin on Christian Hackenberg - "Hack's had a great summer, and really spring. He was on the kind of the quarterback circuit. Did some things this summer and had some unique experiences, which were awesome as well. But to me, the storyline is the same as it was last year. I told everybody our concern wasn't with Christian Hackenberg, it was all the pieces of the puzzle around Christian. Like I said, we had one returning starter on the offensive line last year. This year four. Three of our four receivers last year were freshmen. We lost Adam Breneman, tight end, who we were expecting big things out of before the season started. And all those guys are back and with more experience. So I'm excited that Christian is going to be able to continue his development."

- Franklin on the Big Ten - "I think it's great. That's why you come to the Big Ten. That's why you come to Penn State. It's exciting that we're able to go to high schools and go to recruits and say - you have an opportunity to get a world-class education and play against the very best, which is what everybody wants to do. Big-time football, big-time academics, tremendous support. I think it's great. I think it's great for our conference. Like I said in the beginning, you think about the stories and the narrative that was being told a year ago compared to now, it's a 180-degree switch. So I think that's exciting. I think it's exciting in the fact that our players are going to be able to compete against some of the top players in the country. Our coaches are going to be able to compete against top coaches. We're going to be able to go into great environments and play big-time college football. We've embraced it. We're excited about it. It's all about competing in everything you do, in the classroom and on the football field."

- Franklin on motivation from last season - "I do. I think so. I think going through it is never fun, but I do think that they will be better because of that experience. I also feel that way about Christian Hackenberg. I think the mental and physical toughness that he showed last year in the long run is really going to help him. So, yeah, I think our offensive line has a chip on their shoulder. I think they worked like that all offseason. So, yeah, I would really appreciate if any of you guys are willing to write some nasty article about them to continue to motivate them to continue to push them throughout the season."

11:00 a.m. - Big Ten Kickoff Fan Fest and Luncheon
Following a 60-minute fan fest inside the Skyline Ballroom, more than 1,000 Big Ten fans attended the 44th Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon. Coach Franklin spent time talking to the crowd alongside fellow Big Ten coaches.

"I'm really proud of our guys and the way they have worked this offseason. We are excited," said Franklin.

2:30 p.m. - Open Media Session
Franklin and the trio of players moved into a podium media session following the luncheon. Additionally, each member of the group spent 60 minutes in a roundtable media event.

The theme of the remarks from the players and Coach Franklin centered on excitement for the start of training camp next week. The Nittany Lions have more depth across the roster, and Franklin and the players noted what type of advantage entering a season with a two-deep at every position does for the team's growth.

"I'm really excited about this year," said Lucas. "We have a lot more depth than we've had, and it just makes everyone elevate their game."

"Having more talent all around the team just makes you want to work that much harder at everything you do," said Zettel. "I'm really looking forward to seeing what we can do."

VIDEO: James Franklin Media Session

VIDEO: Player Remarks at Media Day

Twitter Snapshots from Media Day

6:00 p.m. - Media Day Roundup
The Nittany Lion contingent wrapped up a jam-packed day of events in the early evening hours on Friday before traveling back to State College. It was a superb trip for the student-athletes and Coach Franklin, but now focus shifts towards the start of training camp. The Nittany Lions will host Media Day on Aug. 6 before taking the field for the first practice. Penn State enters camp with more depth and a great deal of confidence leading up to the 2015 season. Stay tuned for much more coverage leading up to the season opener against Temple on Sept. 5.

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Follow GoPSUsports.com at 2015 Big Ten Media Days in Chicago

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14_mediaday_blog_4a.jpgUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The unofficial kickoff to the 2015 Big Ten football has arrived. The 44th Annual Big Ten Kickoff will take place inside the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago on Thursday and Friday.

GoPSUsports.com will be on site to cover all of the action. Head coach James Franklin, senior safety Jordan Lucas, senior center Angelo Mangiro and senior defensive tackle Anthony Zettel will represent Penn State in Chicago.

The two-day event will be filled with interviews and press conferences with a wide variety of national media outlets. Seven Big Ten teams will take part in media events on Thursday (
Michigan State, Illinois, Wisconsin, Maryland, Indiana, Iowa and Ohio State), and seven teams will participate in events on Friday (Minnesota, Michigan, Rutgers, Northwestern, Nebraska, Purdue and Penn State).

The BTN and ESPNU will have extensive coverage on TV. BTN will present
more than 13 hours of live coverage of Big Ten football media days on Thursday and Friday. BTN will air the press conferences for all 14 coaches, as well as Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. Press conference coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET live on Thursday. BTN's live press conference coverage resumes on Friday at 9 a.m. ET. BTN Live will air from 3-7 p.m. ET on both Thursday and Friday with interviews featuring coaches and players.

Coverage by ESPNU will air from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. ET on both days with coverage of the press conferences and media day festivities. ESPNU will air the press conferences with all 14 coaches on a live or tape-delayed basis on both days.

On Friday, GoPSUsports.com will be home to all of the happenings in Chicago. Stay tuned throughout Big Ten Media Days for live updates, videos and photos from Chicago.

Listed below are some of the key events from the Big Ten Kickoff in Chicago.

Friday, July 31

- 10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. ET - James Franklin Press Conference

- 12:30 p.m. ET - BTN's Dave Revsine will emcee the 44th Annual Big Ten Kickoff luncheon.

- 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m. ET - Coach Franklin and Penn State players conduct interviews with television, print and Internet media from around the nation.

We look forward to taking you with us to Chicago for complete Penn State coverage from Big Ten Media Day.

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Summer Season a Period of Growth for Hoops Senior Class

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blog_MBB_summer.jpgUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Jordan Dickerson, Devin Foster, Donovon Jack and Brandon Taylor will not be looking around for a veteran leader come October when the Nittany Lion basketball team begins official practice.

The group of 2015-16 seniors has already laid the groundwork in taking ownership of the Penn State program thanks to a productive summer season on and off the court.

"I think we've done a good job of establishing ourselves as the guys who set the tone for the younger players," Dickerson said. "We have a lot of new talent on the roster, and we are just trying to set an example to help these guys become contributors."

Dickerson and his fellow seniors pointed to team chemistry and hard work as the driving forces behind what has been a strong preliminary phase of the upcoming season.

"Everybody is working hard right now," Taylor said. "I couldn't ask for more. We need to keep getting better, and we all can't wait for the season."

"The seniors have stepped up to show that we can lead this team," Jack said. "We have really good team chemistry, and the guys have worked really hard. The guys have bought in completely, and it's one of the closest teams I've ever been on."

The good chemistry starts with how the group gets along outside of the gym.

"It begins in our locker room," Taylor said. "We are all friends. We go out to eat together. We go to the movies together. That's where the chemistry on the court starts. You get to know your teammate as more than a teammate."

On the court, the Nittany Lions want to play fast. With the new 30-second shot clock in place for the season, the team wants to get up and down the floor to create more scoring opportunities. So far, the players are encouraged by the results during summer workouts.

"I like the way we are playing," Taylor said. "We are getting the ball up and down the floor, and we are playing unselfish. Our guards can get rebounds and push the ball to get better shots."

The Lions are moving the ball to get better looks at the basket, passing up a good shot for a great shot. The unselfish approach on the offensive end of the floor lends itself to more productivity.

"We are learning that when someone has a good shot, someone else likely has a better shot," Jack said.

"And we are doing it in July. Guys are getting better shots because we have been unselfish," Taylor said. "That just proves we are becoming a better team."

The ball movement aids everyone on the floor, but for a guy like Dickerson, unselfish basketball puts a 7-footer in a great spot to have success around the basket when he moves swiftly up the floor. Dickerson remained on campus during both summer sessions, and he has worked tirelessly to get in better physical condition because he knows how much it can help the team succeed.

"My summer has been really good," Dickerson said. "I stayed both summer sessions. I think the group has worked extremely hard during both sessions to continue improving on and off the court. I think I play the best when I have a clear head and when I'm not fatigued on the court. It's my last year, so I'm just trying to be a force on the floor."

That could not have been more evident than during Tuesday's 5-on-5 workout when Dickerson dove for a loose ball on defense before earning a trip to the free throw line and sinking two foul shots on the offensive end of the floor.

"Those type of plays are very important for our team to be successful," Dickerson said. "I felt really good after that play. It boosts your energy. And if we play like that, we are going to have a very productive year."

Dickerson's off court development and efforts on the floor aren't going unnoticed by his teammates.

"He's working hard for us, and we have to work hard for him," Taylor said. "To see a 7-footer get on the floor, that's not easy for him. That was big for us to see. It makes everybody else want to get that much better."

A play like Dickerson's dive and subsequent free throws equate to tallies in the program's "Attitude Club". Hard work and a positive attitude are the pillars of Nittany Lion Basketball. And while it may only be July, the program's core values are alive and well.

"One thing we are focused on this year is that no matter what happens on the court, we are going to stay positive," Taylor said. "When things aren't going your way and you get negative, that's when you start losing things. We are going to stay positive and stay together."

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Goodwin Spends Summer Session in Mexico

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11225807.jpegBy Maria Canales, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - While many of his teammates have spent their summers relaxing, working out or conditioning for the upcoming season, men's hockey junior David Goodwin spent the first half of his summer studying in Mexico. The forward, who notched 15 goals during the 2014-15 campaign, found his niche while taking classes towards his Spanish degree.

Goodwin stayed with a host family, which he said was one of the most appealing parts about choosing this abroad experience.

"I stayed with a Mexican family who was only able to speak Spanish," said Goodwin. "It's a little bit different from other programs where you get to stay in an apartment or a dorm. I really thought that staying with a Spanish speaking family would be the best for me to immerse myself in the culture and in the language."

Although his host family hadn't heard of Penn State hockey before they met Goodwin, they quickly learned about the program. Goodwin taught the family everything they needed to know about the famed Hockey Valley.

11225828.jpeg"I don't think they knew I was on the hockey team, but they definitely figured it out since I wore a lot of Penn State hockey stuff around the house," said Goodwin. "Eventually I was showing them videos of our games and they were just in awe. They thought it was really cool and they're going to try to come up for a game in the next couple years."

Goodwin talked about his favorite cultural aspects of his time abroad. He emphasized that the slower pace of life was what he enjoyed most, especially when it came to bonding with his host family. Mealtimes in Mexico, Goodwin learned, were the cornerstone of family interaction, and the time around a meal is valued as a vital part of a family's relationship.

"After the meals, sitting at the table and just chit chatting in Spanish, in Mexico that's a big cultural thing called 'sobre la mesa' where you stay at the table afterwards for an hour, hour and a half, and just talk with each other," said Goodwin. "That was a great experience for me."

No stranger to living with host families, Goodwin spent his years in junior hockey, before playing for Penn State, staying with host families. Goodwin explained that he felt he had an advantage when it came to getting used to living with a host family, since he had done it many times before.

"I felt like I definitely had a leg up on the other students that were with me because this was probably my fifth time kind of going in to a situation where I was going to be living with a host family who I didn't know before," said Goodwin. "The first few hours and couple days are a bit awkward but I definitely felt I was more comfortable because I had done it so many times prior."

Since his time in Mexico was part of a study abroad experience, Goodwin had the opportunity to take classes and learn more about Mexican heritage and culture. Goodwin took two Spanish classes, one on Mexican literature and another on Mexican history.

"I also took an art class on Mexican art, but that was taught in Spanish so I basically took three Spanish classes," said Goodwin.

11225831.jpegHis time learning and experiencing a new culture didn't confine the All-Big Ten Honorable Mention hockey player to just a classroom. During his final weekend in Mexico, Goodwin and others in his study abroad program traveled to the state of Puebla.

While in Puebla, Goodwin and his fellow students spent a full day at a local school, immersing him further into a culture he had started to become familiar with. This experience resonated with Goodwin in a life-changing way.

"We did some tourist things, but we volunteered at a school for a little over a day," said Goodwin.  "We brought them some food and worked with the kids in the classroom, talked to the kids a lot, and we played a lot of soccer at recess. It was pretty powerful, so I was really happy we did that."

The students at the school taught Goodwin some new soccer tricks, which he believes will come in handy by the time the 2015-16 Penn State men's hockey season rolls around.

"When [my teammates and I] are warming up before the games and we're playing soccer, I'll show them some of my moves I learned in Mexico," said Goodwin.

Goodwin's time in Mexico was a transformative experience, both educationally and personally. Having started out with his own preconceived ideas of the Mexican culture and peoples, Goodwin quickly learned that not everything he had in his head was a proper portrayal of such a wonderful country.

Goodwin explained that the people he met and lived with, along with the beautiful countryside, including mountains and waterfalls, have changed how he will forever look at the country he called home during his summer.

When asked what aspects of the Spanish culture he would bring back to Penn State, Goodwin highlighted that the most important things he learned were about prioritizing time and relationships.

"I think just the awareness of how other people live in the world, experiencing that there's way more to life than the material things, there's way more to life than hockey," said Goodwin. "To see the joys the families had in each other and spending time with each other was something that I felt had been lacking in my life in America, so just bringing back that joy and appreciation for the smaller things in life I think Americans take for granted." 


Nittany Lions Deliver Season Tickets and 2015 Posters

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lion football team spent Thursday interacting with fans around State College distributing the 2015 "Black Shoes. Basic Blues. No Names. All Game." posters. The team boarded four Blue Buses and spread out in different locations in State College and on the University Park campus. Additionally, head coach James Franklin hand delivered several sets of season tickets.

Take a look through some highlights.

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VIDEO: 2015 Football Jersey Press Conference Remarks

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State football program announced on Thursday that names would be removed from the jerseys to rekindle a longstanding tradition of "Black Shoes. Basic Blues. No Names. All Game." Head coach James Franklin, along with letterman and current assistant coach Terry Smith and some of the current players met with the media on Thursday evening met with the media to discuss the jerseys.

James Franklin

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VIDEO: Black Shoes. Basic Blues. No Names. All Game

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2015 Football Preseason Watch List Central

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With the start of preseason practice for the Nittany Lion football team just around the corner, July is filled with news pertaining to watch lists for college football's national awards. Follow along with a preseason award tracker below.

July 7 - Bednarik Award & Maxwell Award

July 8 - John Mackey Award & Rimington Trophy

July 10 - Nagurski Trophy & Outland Trophy


July 14 - Rotary Lombardi Award

July 15 - Biletnikoff Award

July 16 - Davey O'Brien Award & Doak Walker Award
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