Penn State’s 16th annual Lift for Life raises almost $100,000

In the U.S., a rare disease is defined as any disease affecting fewer than 200,000 people. When Scott Shirley’s father was diagnosed with a rare form of kidney cancer in 2002, the disease didn’t seem so rare anymore.

“When I was playing here, I got a call that my dad had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and he was only given six months to live,” Shirley said. “We used every bit of those six months to go to every doctor in the region. Everybody told us nothing could be done. It didn’t really make sense to me.”

Homecoming on the Horizon

There’s more to Homecoming than the parade. There are many events you have to look forward to leading up to Homecoming Weekend. Right now, Homecoming is looking for alumni representatives from any campus for the Alumni Court, who will attend a court reception and have a feature in the parade, where they will be recognized for their accolades and accomplishments.

Coach Franklin exclusive: proud of the past, but always looking to the future

Since becoming head coach of Penn State football, James Franklin has launched the Nittany Lions back to the top of college football and worked his way to many career-defining moments.

The Big Ten championship. A Fiesta Bowl victory. An appearance in one of the most iconic Rose Bowl games in history. Defeating the second-ranked team in the country as the heavy underdog. Back-to-back undefeated seasons at home.

Exclusive Q&A: Team Captain Nick Scott

In a lot of ways, Nick Scott has seen and done it all as a Nittany Lion.


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Nittany Lions Looking to be Road Warriors in 2018

On the heels of only the fifth back-to-back 11-win seasons in program history, the Penn State Nittany Lions have returned to the rank of the college football powerhouses under head coach James Franklin. 

Key Factors (for Opponents) Outlined for 2018 Season

We’ll continue to have a weekly preview with key facts, figures and stats this fall, and because we know you’re just as eager as we are for the season to begin, here’s an early look ahead to the 2018 football campaign. 

For each game, we outline key factors and/or provide some background info, when looking at each week’s opponent.

Breakout Players Set to Help Catapult Nittany Lions’ Offense

The Nittany Lions’ offense was one of the nation’s most explosive last season, when they averaged 41 points per contest. 

So, who will be this year’s key contributors, and who will take on larger roles for Penn State’s offense? We take a look at five players to keep an eye on this season. 

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At the onset of spring practice, Coach James Franklin said the offensive line features a “legitimate two-deep” across the board, giving Penn State the opportunity to continue to compete and win in the Big Ten Conference. 

Exclusive Q&A: Senior Quarterback Trace McSorley

Gone from last season’s 11-win team and Fiesta Bowl champions is a ton of talent, leadership and offensive production.

Those three qualities are also in abundance for this year’s Penn State football team, most notably in senior quarterback Trace McSorley. The two-time captain has entrenched himself as the leader of the Nittany Lions, a Heisman Trophy candidate and also a role within (and beyond) the State College community. 


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