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Celebrate National Tailgating Day at the Season Opener!

By Jeff Cavanaugh

While everyone in Happy Valley has September 3 already marked on the calendar for the big Penn State home opener against the Kent State Golden Flashes – September 3 is also celebrated as National Tailgating Day across the country. And there is no better place to celebrate National Tailgating Day than outside of Beaver Stadium with 107,000 of your closest friends!

Now that we've had all winter and summer to plan our first tailgate of the season, its important to not forget the essentials that can help make your tailgate the best.

Critical First Month Awaits Nittany Lions

During James Franklin’s press conference introducing him as Penn State’s new head football coach in January 2014, he provided plenty of memorable sound bytes.

Here’s the one that comes to mind as the new season is only days away.

“Our recruiting philosophy, we are going to dominate the state. We are going to dominate the state. We are going to dominate the region.”

Night Game Schedules Set for Fall

Nittany Lions hosts Iowa Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. for Military Appreciation game and visits Rutgers Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. on the Big Ten Network

The Nittany Lions will host Iowa Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. for Military Appreciation game, and play at Rutgers Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. Both of these primetime games will air on the Big Ten Network. These are the first November night games for the Nittany Lions since 1987.

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The pair of November primetime games mark the first time the Nittany Lions will play a night game in the month of November since visiting Pittsburgh on November 14, 1987.

Blue White 2016

Shedding nickname, Sickels ready to seize opportunity

UNIVERSITY PARK — Garrett Sickels figured it was time to shed his nickname. And add some muscle at the same time.

The Penn State junior defensive end used to eat any and everything he wanted. And speaking recently, he said that he “left some stuff” on the field last season, when he was just a half-second away from being the disruptive force that oftentimes his teammates were.

After spring ball, Sickels knew it was time for a change.

New season. New approach. And new physical build.

‘Very happy in Happy Valley:’ Assistant coaches settled at Penn State

Between signing contract extensions, receiving promotions, and joining the Penn State football staff, the assistant coaches are collectively saying that Happy Valley is starting to truly feel like home.

Media Day Observations

Walking on the field at Beaver Stadium is always a cool experience, whether it’s in the moments after a game, finishing the Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run, or during the football team’s annual media day. This last example is doubly noteworthy since it arrives in August, when it starts to feel like football season.

 Here are 10 takeaways from media day, including James Franklin’s press conference:

 Anything is possible

The Hackenberg Legacy: Resiliency, Superstars and Beef Jerky

"It’s hard to say what Hackenberg meant to Penn State. His most important contribution may have come before he even put on a white, blue-striped helmet."

The first time I ever sat down for a one-on-one interview with Christian Hackenberg, we talked about golf, hunting, beef jerky and Brett Favre.

They were a few of the former Penn State quarterback’s favorite things. The first two, he used as an escape from football – the passion and pastime that often dominated his thoughts and feelings so much so that he had trouble focusing on other things early in his career.

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