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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., January 23, 2014 – Penn State fans are invited to hear from head football coach James Franklin as he discusses the Nittany Lions’ Class of 2014 signees on Wednesday, Feb. 5.
“Penn State Football – The Signature Event” will be held in the Bryce Jordan Center on National Letter of Intent Day. The doors will open at 5 p.m. for general admission seating, with the program starting at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $5.00 and Penn State students will be admitted for free with a valid Penn State ID at Gate A. The Jordan Center concession stands will be open before and during the event.
“Our staff is so appreciative of the heart-felt welcome from Nittany Nation. The overwhelming support is unrivaled,” said Franklin, who was introduced as head coach on Jan. 11. “We are very excited about the response we have received from recruits, their families and high school coaches. February 5th can’t come soon enough; we are looking forward to welcoming the new additions to our football family.”
Franklin was named the Nittany Lions’ 16th head football coach on Jan. 11. A product of Langhorne, Pa., Franklin led Vanderbilt University to unprecedented success during his three years as head coach, including a pair of nine win seasons and bowl victories the past two years.
Franklin will introduce the members of his coaching staff and speak about each of member of Penn State’s Class of 2014, including the five student-athletes who enrolled in classes earlier this month. Video highlights and biographical information on each signee will be shown on the Jordan Center videoboards while Franklin speaks about each future Nittany Lion.
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The State College Quarterback Club would like to welcome Coach Franklin to the Penn State family! We are all looking for an exciting football season!
Coach Franklin was born in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. He attended Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, and went to college at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, where he played as a quarterback all four years. In that position, he set seven school records and was a Division II player of the year nominee in 1994. Sports Illustratednamed him a National Player of the Week that season. He earned a Bachelors of Science degree in psychology in 1995.
James Franklin was Vanderbilt’s head coach for three seasons, leading them to back-to-back nine-win seasons for the first time in the program’s history. He compiled a 24-15 record, including bowl wins in the past two seasons. He is the 16th person to be named coach for the Nittany Lions.
Welcome to Happy Valley, Coach!
Dear Members of Penn State Quarterback Club,
It was a pleasure meeting many of you at the Quarterback Club Luncheon early September the week we played Eastern Michigan. As current members of the football team Deron and I have built some great friendships and memories. Since we have attended Penn State, it has become obvious that the two biggest things at Penn State are Football and THON. The sad truth is that you rarely hear about the two together, because other than the Make-A-Wish tour of Lasch and participating in athlete hour, the football team has minor involvement in THON itself. We have both become incredibly passionate about THON and this year, we hope to have the honor of dancing in the 46-hour marathon in support of the kids. Our goal is that dancing independently would start a trend of the football team becoming more involved in THON and encourage the younger players to possibly dance in the years to come. We’re sure for those of you who attended Penn State you may have many fond memories involving THON, however I think this quote by our head football coach Bill O’Brien sums it up pretty well:
“To me, that is what Penn State is all about. Courage, honesty, wisdom, and strength. If there is one thing I learned in the last year, that is what we as a student body and a university are all about. People thank me all the time, but I thank them because to me this is the greatest university in the country, in the world, because of days like today.”
It is time to give back to those less fortunate. On average, 46 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer each day. In fact, there are almost 40,000 children undergoing treatment for this disease at any given time. Unfortunately, due to lack of funding for research programs, effective treatments for many types of cancers remain elusive.
Each year, thousands of Penn State students lead a fundraising and awareness campaign in hopes of changing this outcome for these children and their families. These student-led efforts culminate in February with a 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon where volunteers show their support by taking a stand against cancer.
Since 1977, THON has raised more than $101 million for its sole beneficiary, the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Last year alone, THON raised a record-breaking $12.4 million for the fight! Today, a donation to THON means that nearly 96 cents of every dollar is directly battling pediatric cancer and investing in the health of our future. These donations enable the Four Diamonds Fund to provide outstanding care and comprehensive support to children undergoing treatment. Additionally, with the help of THON, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital is able to lead initiatives for innovative and collaborative cancer research. Because of these efforts, Penn State Hershey continues to be recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation for pediatric cancer care and research.
I would greatly appreciate it if you would join the fight against pediatric cancer today by making a gift to THON in our names. You can donate online at http://giveto.psu.edu/THON-Zanellato-Thompson
For The Kids,
Matt Zanellato #80 and Deron Thompson #36
P.S. You may be able to double your impact through the support of your employer! Find out if your company will match your gift at www.matching.psu.edu. If so, complete your companies matching form and send it in with your donations.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The National Football Foundation (NFF) and the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) announced that Penn State standout John Urschel (Williamsville, N.Y.), the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy recipient, will be honored on the field during the first quarter of the VIZIO BCS National Championship between No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn.
Hello everyone. Due to the impending weather on Saturday dec. 14th, the PIAA football games that were to take place tomorrow have been postponed until Sunday afternoon. The entire Penn State Football coaching staff needs to be at a 6 PM PIAA game in Hershey on Sunday, so they have to leave on a flight at 5:30 PM. Therefore, the Banquet Program will begin at 3:30pm so the Football staff can leave the Banquet at 5:00pm. Please adjust your plans to be in your Banquet seat by 3:30pm. The program will start promptly.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation
UNIVERSITY PARK — Geno Lewis had a breakout game in his first outing as a Nittany Lion. In his 10th game on Saturday, Lewis broke a two-game catchless streak.
And while his three-catch for 19-yard performance was far quieter than his debut, in which he caught two balls for 62 yards and a deep touchdown against Syracuse, Lewis was able to contribute in plenty of ways. He’s finding that he has to in order to earn more playing time.
“When they call my name I’m going to go out there and do everything I can to the best of my ability,” Lewis said.
I would imagine most students don’t own anything gold — much less a gold shirt or jacket — but THON Public Relations Director Dana Giacobello says that even a simple gold ribbon will do.
“We’re excited for our Four Diamonds families to see such a visible sign of our support for them and the fight against pediatric cancer,” Giacobello said. “The Ribbon-Zone also provides us with a unique opportunity to spread pediatric cancer awareness to many people beyond the Penn State community.”
Already dubbed the “THON game,” there will be Four Diamonds families in attendance, as well as the traditional THON theme presentation during halftime. Four Diamonds families will also create a human tunnel to help welcome the football players to the field at the start of the game and have an opportunity to march with the Blue Band.
This Saturday will feature other unique activities in addition to the “Gold Out.” There will be a Ribbon-Zone located next to the S-Zone, which are both sponsored by the Lion Ambassadors. Before the game, the public is also welcome to attend the traditional TailGreat, which is focused on THON this week. Canning taking place before the game will also give fans a unique opportunity to donate some cash FTK.
As announced yesterday at the QB Club luncheon event, the QB Club will be holding one luncheon event this year at the Multiple Sports Facility. It is located right next to the bottom of Lot 44 where we currently park. This is a one time event. The date is Wednesday, October 9th, 2013. It is the luncheon event prior to the Michigan game. Please mark your calendars to come to the Multiple Sports Facility. Thanks.
Lions Pride has partnered with the State College Quarterback Club to offer a special order of embroidered apparel. Available items include Mens’ and Ladies’ embroidered sweatshirts, oxford dress shirts, polo shirts, navy tee shirts, and official Quarterback Club logo hats. Order forms are available at the weekly luncheons.
Quarterback Club items are special order only. Please read below for delivery dates:
- Place your order by September 18, 2013 and receive delivery October 9th at the SCQB Club Luncheon.
- Place your order after September 18, 2013 and before October 30, 2013 and receive delivery November 20th at the SCQB Luncheon.
If preferred, orders can be placed through Lions-Pride.com and shipped (ground shipping rates apply)
A portion of your sale goes to the Penn State Scholarship Fund, Inc.
Penn State and Kent State will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. when the two teams meet on Sept. 21 at Beaver Stadium,according to a team spokesman. It will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
Kent State fell to Bowling Green last week, 41-22, and bested Liberty 17-10 in their opening game. The Golden Flashes went 11-3 last season and a perfect 8-0 in conference. Kent State had lost once all season before losing back-to-back games to end the year — the MAC Championship to Northern Illinois and theGoDaddy.com Bowl to Arkansas State.
Darrell Hazell, the coach for the previous two years, is now the head man at Purdue. Paul Hoynes was a member of Hazell’s staff and is now the head coach.