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July 2, 2008
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA., July 2, 2008 - The kick times and television arrangements for the remainder of Penn State's non-conference football schedule have been set bringing the total of Nittany Lion contests in which the kick time and television coverage have been announced to eight on the year. The Big Ten Conference announced times and television arrangements for every home non-conference contest during the first four weekends of the 2008 football season.
Two of the Nittany Lions' four non-conference games will be featured on the Big Ten Network beginning with the season opener on Aug. 30 versus Coastal Carolina. That game will kick at 12:00 p.m. ET in Beaver Stadium and air live on the Network. Penn State's Sept. 20 game versus Temple will also kick at noon ET and be aired live on the Network. Penn State will also make at least one appearance on the Big Ten Network during the eight-game conference schedule.
The Nittany Lions' Sept. 6 Big Ten-Pac-10 showdown with Oregon State in Beaver Stadium will kick at 3:30 p.m. ET and be televised by ABC. It is the second non-conference game that will be carried on ABC. Penn State's Sept. 13 game at Syracuse was previously announced as a 3:30 p.m. ET kick on ABC from the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
The Nittany Lions have had four conference games previously announced for primetime national TV exposure on either an ABC or ESPN platform. Penn State's contests versus Illinois (Sept. 27), at Wisconsin (Oct. 11) and at Ohio State (Oct. 25) have been set. In addition, Penn State's 89th Homecoming game, against Michigan on Oct. 18, will kick at 4:30 p.m. ET and air on ESPN or ESPN2.
The Big Ten opener with the Illini will kick at 8:00 p.m. ET from Beaver Stadium and air on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. A determination on the network that will air the game may not be made until 12 days before the game.
The Nittany Lions' contest at Wisconsin will kick at 7:00 p.m. CT / 8:00 p.m. ET and air on ESPN or ESPN2.
The clash with the Buckeyes also will kick at 8:00 p.m. ET and air on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. The border rivals will be playing in primetime for the third time in the last four seasons. A determination on the network that will air the game may not be made until 12 days before the game.
Penn State's three primetime games are the most of any Big Ten team for the 2008 season.
The Nittany Lions have long been one of college football's premier programs for television networks. Every Nittany Lion game has been televised the past four seasons and 164 of the last 166 Penn State games overall have been on TV.
All Penn State football games can be heard on the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com, with selected games available on XM Satellite Radio.
Future Penn State contests may be selected by the networks under the six and 12-day provisions of their contracts with the Big Ten Conference.
In his 43rd season as head coach, Joe Paterno's squad has won 31 of its last 40 games, tied for eighth-best in the nation over that span. Penn State returns 18 starters (8 offense, 8 defense, 2 specialists) from last year's 9-4 squad that defeated Texas A&M in the Valero Alamo Bowl. The Nittany Lions were ranked No. 25 in the final USA Today Coaches poll, earning their 33rd Top 25 finish under Paterno.