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VIDEO: Nittany Lions Arrive in New York for Pinstripe Bowl

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NEW YORK - Penn State's Pinstripe Bowl festivities officially kicked off on Monday afternoon when eight buses and the equipment truck departed Happy Valley bound for New York City.

The Nittany Lions practiced on Monday morning before lunch and the four-hour ride to Manhattan. Penn State will participate in a wide-range of activities in the days leading up to Saturday's Pinstripe Bowl matchup against Boston College in Yankee Stadium (4:30 p.m. on ESPN). The team events include a visit to the 9/11 Memorial on Tuesday, dinner in Little Italy, viewing the city from the "Top of the Rock" observation deck and opening the New York Stock Exchange on Friday.

Penn State will practice each day at Fordham University and will stay at the Hilton Midtown. Stay tuned for continuing coverage from the Pinstripe Bowl events as the Nittany Lions prepare for the program's 45th bowl game.

VIDEO: James Franklin Arrival Press Conference


VIDEO: Pinstripe Bowl Arrival Player Interviews



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VIDEO: Pinstripe Bowl Preview - Adrian Amos

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Pinstripe Bowl Previews - James Franklin | Miles Dieffenbach | Mike Hull | Akeel Lynch

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - GoPSUsports.com continues its series of interviews leading up to Penn State's trip to New York for the Pinstripe Bowl against Boston College (Dec. 27 at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN). Today, we talk with senior safety Adrian Amos, who is scheduled to graduate on Saturday.






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VIDEO: Pinstripe Bowl Preview - Akeel Lynch

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Pinstripe Bowl Preview Interviews - James Franklin | Miles Dieffenbach | Mike Hull

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - GoPSUsports.com continues its series of interviews leading up to Penn State's trip to New York for the Pinstripe Bowl against Boston College (Dec. 27 at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN). Today, we talk with junior running back Akeel Lynch.





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VIDEO: Pinstripe Bowl Preview - Mike Hull

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Pinstripe Bowl Preview Interviews - James Franklin | Miles Dieffenbach

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - GoPSUsports.com continues its series of interviews leading up to Penn State's trip to New York for the Pinstripe Bowl against Boston College (Dec. 27 at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN). Today, we talk with senior captain and Big Ten Linebacker of the Year Mike Hull.





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VIDEO: Pinstripe Bowl Preview - Miles Dieffenbach

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - GoPSUsports.com continues its series of interviews leading up to Penn State's trip to New York for the Pinstripe Bowl against Boston College (Dec. 27 at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN). Today, we talk with senior captain Miles Dieffenbach.



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VIDEO: James Franklin Pinstripe Bowl Preview

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With the Nittany Lions kicking off final exams week, GoPSUsports.com caught up with head coach James Franklin to review the first portion of bowl practice and look ahead to the Pinstripe Bowl.

Penn State is slated to meet Boston College at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 27 at Yankee Stadium in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Take a look at the video.



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Sights and Sounds of Pinstripe Bowl Media Day

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Pinstripe Bowl_Announcement_BC.jpgPinstripe Bowl Media Day Quotes: James Franklin | Coordinators | Offense | Defense

Media Day Photo Gallery

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lion football team welcomed the media to Holuba Hall and the Beaver Stadium Media Room on Saturday afternoon for Pinstripe Bowl Media Day.

The Lions practiced in the morning for the final time before final exams begin on Monday. Members of the media attended the final portion of Saturday's practice before a series of press conferences featuring head coach James Franklin, the coordinators and a host of players.

Take a look at some of the highlights from Pinstripe Bowl Media Day in Happy Valley.

Breaking Down Bowl Practice
The Nittany Lions finished off three-straight days of bowl practices on Saturday, and now the group is at a transition phase between development and game preparations. The early portion of the extra practice period was invaluable for the young Nittany Lions who have spent the season on the scout team. The extra time on the field enabled the coaching staff to give a significant number of players more reps.

"I think they've been very productive," Franklin said. "It's great to see these guys that have been on scout team basically for the entire year to now getting some legitimate reps in practice...The way I kind of look at this period before we get into the specific bowl prep, it's 50-50.  It's 50 percent concluding the end of last season, and it's 50 percent getting a head start on spring ball is kind of the way we look at it."

The coaching staff has broken down the film of Boston College during the practice and recruiting period. The next step is for the staff to begin installing the gameplan on the field with the players.

"Right now we're in program development, which is really like a spring ball-type mentality, where we're going good-against-good in practice and letting the young guys get reps as well, guys that have been red‑shirting," Franklin said. "So we'll flip the switch and start working on those guys about a week and a half out."

Players and Coaches Eager to Compete in Yankee Stadium
Few places in the sporting world carry the prestige of Yankee Stadium. While it is a relatively new venue, the history behind the location, original structure and Yankee organization presents the Nittany Lion players and coaches with a unique opportunity. Not many people can say they've had the chance to be a part of a game on the field at Yankee Stadium. The players and coaches are thrilled with the opportunity, but perhaps none more than baseball fanatic and defensive coordinator Bob Shoop.

This is a real thrill. I'm a big baseball fan," Franklin said. "The opportunity for us to play in Yankee Stadium is pretty cool. I think that's really. Anybody who knows [me], knows I played baseball in college. I dreamed some day I might be playing centerfield or pitching in Yankee Stadium some day. But I'll take this one. This is good."

photo 1 (7).JPGNew York Experience
It's been quite a 2014 for the Nittany Lion players. Opening the year with five days in Ireland and now closing the season with a week in New York City, the players are grateful for the opportunity to experience the city during the holiday season. Bowl games are designed to be a reward for the teams who participate, and the Pinstripe Bowl will enable the team to see a number of different areas in New York while Penn State preps to play Boston College. From Times Square to the 9/11 Memorial, the Nittany Lions are looking ahead to a week in the Big Apple.

"I've never actually been to New York before, so I think the whole experience will be great," wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton said. "I had never been to Ireland and I haven't been to New York, so football is able to take me to those places. I'm really grateful to have it."

"It's going to be awesome. New York City is an awesome place," senior Miles Dieffenbach said. "Yankee Stadium, you couldn't ask for a better venue to play at."


Upcoming Schedule
The Nittany Lions will shift focus towards a strong academic finish to the semester. Penn State begins finals week on Monday. The team will resume bowl practice next weekend before getting set to travel on Dec. 22. The Lions will arrive in Manhattan during the evening of Dec. 22 before kicking off practice in New York on Dec. 23.

VIDEO: Defense Media Day Remarks



VIDEO: Offense Media Day Remarks




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Pinstripe Bowl Announcement Press Conference Highlights

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Yankee Stadium_Announcement.jpgPinstripe Bowl Announcement Photo Gallery

NEW YORK - The first official event of the Penn State bowl season took place on Tuesday inside Yankee Stadium when representatives from Penn State, Boston College, the New York Yankees and the bowl game participated in a New Era Pinstripe Bowl announcement press conference.

The Nittany Lions and Eagles will collide in the fifth Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 27 at 4:30 p.m. (ESPN) in Yankee Stadium. For head coach James Franklin and Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour, Tuesday was an opportunity to talk about the excitement leading up to the postseason matchup.

"I think it's awesome. Two regional institutions coming together to play in a game in the Northeast in one of the most storied stadiums in the country," Franklin said. "I just think it is an unbelievable opportunity. It's going to be a great experience for all of us."

"There are a number of reasons this is really special to us," Barbour said. "This is a special team and a special group of guys. It's a mix of young guys and those who have been around through Penn State's difficult times. I'm really proud of this group."

The Penn State staff members in attendance toured through some of Yankee Stadium's rich history and got a glimpse of the setup for a football game. The Nittany Lions are scheduled to return to New York on Dec. 22 to commence Pinstripe Bowl game week preparations.
 
"Walking through today and seeing all of the history and all of the tradition and all of the championships and all of the great players and what this place means and what this place means to the city of New York, there is a lot of parallels with Penn State and what Beaver Stadium means to our people, all of the championships and all of the great players," Franklin said.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl Executive Director Mark Holtzman echoed the anticipation leading up to the game. Holtzman informed the group of a number of events the teams will take part in while in New York City, including a visit to the 9/11 Memorial, Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the New York Stock Exchange. Take a look through some of Tuesday's press conference highlights from Yankee Stadium.


Stay tuned for much more coverage leading up to the Pinstripe Bowl.


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VIDEO: Shane Conlan Media Remarks at Hall of Fame Induction

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Conlan_HOF.jpgShane Conlan Induction Photo Gallery

NEW YORK - Former Penn Sate All-America linebacker Shane Conlan will gain induction in the Nation Football Foundation College Hall of Fame on Tuesday evening in New York.

A true embodiment of what the Penn State Football stands for, Conlan's accomplishments on and off the field put him among the program's all-time greatest players. The leader of the tenacious 1985-'86 defenses, Conlan addressed a room full of supporters on Monday evening in New York before the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Tuesday.

Stories were shared on Monday evening about Conlan's recruitment to Penn State. Simply put, the Nittany Lions were the only program interested in the Frewsburg, New York, native. Head coach Joe Paterno took a chance on Conlan by offering a scholarship, and the rest is history.

He helped the Nittany Lions to a 23-1 overall record during the 1985 and '86 seasons, including a national title in 1986. Humble in every sense of the word, Conlan spoke about his appreciation of the honor and his passion for Penn State during a press conference on Tuesday morning at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan. Take a look.




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Inside the Pinstripe Bowl Selection - News and Notes

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Pinstripe Bowl_Announcement_BC.jpgUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Selected to play in their 45th bowl on Sunday evening, the Nittany Lions (6-6, 2-6) are headed to New York City for a matchup against Boston College (7-5, 4-4) in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 27 at 4:30 p.m. in Yankee Stadium).

10528675 (1).jpegLed by one of the nation's top defenses, Penn State is headed to the postseason under the direction of first-year head coach James Franklin. The Lions will enter the bowl season with a defensive unit ranked No. 1 in the nation in rushing defense (84.8 ypg), No.2 in total defense (269.8 ypg), No. 8 in scoring defense (17.7 ppg) and No. 10 in passing yards allowed (185.0 ypg).

Big Ten Linebacker of the Year Mike Hull headlines a group of 17 seniors deserving of the opportunity to play in the postseason. Hull was tremendous in 2014, tallying 134 tackles (11.2 tpg). Junior defensive tackle Anthony Zettel joined Hull as a member of the All-Big Ten First Team.

Take a look inside some of the news, notes and history following the Pinstripe Bowl announcement.

Coach Franklin's Reaction to the Pinstripe Bowl Announcement
Head coach James Franklin participated in a media call on Sunday night after the Pinstripe Bowl announcement. On the road recruiting, Franklin answered questions from the media for approximately 20 minutes to look ahead to the game. Coach Franklin said that each of the coaches on the staff has Boston College film already downloaded onto their iPads for review as they are on the road recruiting this week. Here are some highlights from Coach Franklin's media call.

On his reaction to the bowl announcement - "I would say it's excitement because I know how important these practices are on a lot of different levels. Obviously to get prepared for Boston College, who is a tough opponent. Also, to continue to get better and as a program. And the amount of work you get with the young guys already has been big. I just think from a program perspective, it is invaluable."

Thoughts on Boston College and head coach Steve Addazio - "I've known Coach Addazio professionally for a long time. Don Brown, the defensive coordinator there, we worked together at the University of Maryland. I think very highly of him. Frank Leonard, their tight ends coach, we worked together at Kansas State. I think highly of Frank. They've done a great job there. Tough, hard-nosed, blue collar. They've been there a couple years now. BC has always had a history of having a hard-nosed, blue-collar team."

On the bowl practice schedule - "Short term, it allows us to keep our family together a little longer to continue this season. Obviously, big picture, moving forward the extra reps are very, very important. We practiced already on Saturday and Sunday. We will practice most of the weekends. We'll also have some practices during the week where it will be coordinator practices. It will be myself and the offensive and defensive and special teams coordinators. The rest of the coaches will be on the road recruiting. The closer we get to game time, we will get into our normal routine."

Thoughts on the opportunity to play in New York - "First of all, how cool is this? You're and 18, 19, 20, 21-year old young man, and you get to spend a week in Ireland and a week in New York City in the same year. Pretty cool. Obviously, being in a region of the country Penn State has strong ties is awesome. I know our Alumni Association is excited about some of the things they are putting together. The state of New York and New York City are very, very important to Penn State, and they always will be."

Matching Up against the Eagles
Penn State and Boston College will collide for the 24th time when they meet in New York. The Lions and Eagles last met on Sept. 11, 2004 in Boston. Penn State leads the all-time series, 19-4. Boston College has won the last three meetings.

Second-year head coach Steve Addazio has orchestrated a superb turnaround for the Boston College program during the past two seasons. After inheriting a team that went 2-10 in 2012, the Eagles went 7-5 and played in the Independence Bowl after a two-year absence from the postseason.

Boston College finished fourth in the ACC's Atlantic Division after finishing 7-5 overall and 4-4 in conference games. The Eagles have wins over UMass, USC, Maine, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Syracuse this season. Boston College's losses include a three-point road setback to No. 3 Florida State (20-17).

Addazio coached against the Nittany Lions twice as head coach of Temple in 2011 (PSU W, 14-10) and 2012 (PSU W, 24-13).

Penn State in Yankee Stadium
The Nittany Lions will be playing in the new Yankee Stadium for the first time. Penn State played three times in old Yankee Stadium, tying West Virginia, 13-13, in 1923 (Photo on left), falling to Georgia Tech, 16-7, in 1925 (Photo on right) and falling to NYU, 7-0, in 1929.

Yankee Stadium.jpgPinstripe Bowl History
Announced as the "Yankee" bowl by New York Yankees then-minority owner Hal Steinbrenner and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg on Sept. 30, 2009, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl is in its fifth season of existence. Beginning with this season, though, the Big Ten will kick off an eight-year agreement with the Pinstripe Bowl. The winner of the game is awarded the George M. Steinbrenner Trophy, while the MVP is awarded the David C. Koch MVP Trophy. The Pinstripe Bowl is one of two bowl games held in the Northeast, with the other being the Military Bowl (Annapolis, Maryland). The 2014 Pinstripe Bowl will air on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 27.

Previous Pinstripe Bowls
Dec. 30, 2010 - Syracuse 36, Kansas State 34
Dec. 30, 2011 - Rutgers 27, Iowa State 13
Dec. 29, 2012 - Syracuse 38, West Virginia 14
Dec. 28, 2013 - Notre Dame 29, Rutgers 16

Penn State Bowl History
The Pinstripe Bowl will be Penn State's 45th bowl game. The program's rich bowl history began with the Rose Bowl during the 1922 season. Here is a complete list of Penn State's bowl games.


                               Penn State Bowl Results (27-15-2)

Season

Bowl

Opponent

Score

W/L

1922

Rose

USC

3-14

L

1947

Cotton

SMU

13-13

T

1959

Liberty

Alabama

7-0

W

1960

Liberty

Oregon

14-12

W

1961

Gator

Georgia Tech

30-15

W

1962

Gator

Florida

7-17

L

1967

Gator

Florida State

17-17

T

1968

Orange

Kansas

15-14

W

1969

Orange

Missouri

10-3

W

1971

Cotton

Texas

30-6

W

1972

Sugar

Oklahoma

0-14

L

1973

Orange

LSU

16-9

W

1974

Cotton

Baylor

41-20

W

1975

Sugar

Alabama

6-13

L

1976

Gator

Notre Dame

9-20

L

1977

Fiesta

Arizona State

42-30

W

1978

Sugar

Alabama

7-14

L

1979

Liberty

Tulane

9-6

W

1980

Fiesta

Ohio State

31-19

W

1981

Fiesta

USC

26-10

W

1982

Sugar

Georgia

27-23

W

1983

Aloha

Washington

13-10

W

1985

Orange

Oklahoma

10-25

L

1986

Fiesta

Miami (Fla.)

14-10

W

1987

Citrus

Clemson

10-35

L

1989

Holiday

BYU

50-39

W

1990

Blockbuster

Florida State

17-24

L

1991

Fiesta

Tennessee

42-17

W

1992

Blockbuster

Stanford

3-24

L

1993

Citrus

Tennessee

31-13

W

1994

Rose

Oregon

38-20

W

1995

Outback

Auburn

43-14

W

1996

Fiesta

Texas

38-15

W

1997

Citrus

Florida

6-21

L

1998

Outback

Kentucky

26-14

W

1999

Alamo

Texas A&M

24-0

W

2002

Capital One

Auburn

9-13

L

2005

Orange

Florida State

26-23 (3OT)

W

2006

Outback

Tennessee

20-10

W

2007

Alamo

Texas A&M

24-17

W

2008

Rose

USC

24-38

L

2009

Capital One

LSU

19-17

W

2010

Outback

Florida

24-37

L

2011

TicketCity

Houston

14-30

L



Seven Lions From NYC Metro Area
The Pinstripe Bowl will be a home game of sorts for seven Nittany Lions on the roster hailing from New York or Northern New Jersey. The list includes Jordan Lucas (New Rochelle, N.Y.), Brendan Mahon (Randolph, N.J.), Angelo Mangiro (Roxbury, N.J.), Jesse Merise (Hillside, N.J.), Garrett Sickels (Red Bank, N.J.), Anthony Smith (Dover, N.J.) and Evan Stenfield (Short Hills, N.J.).

Lions Begin Practice
Penn State kicked off its postseason practices on Saturday morning inside Holuba Hall. The Lions again practiced on Sunday in preparation for the bowl game. The next event on the schedule will be an introductory press conference at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. Stay tuned for much more coverage as the Nittany Lions return to the postseason.


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