Penn State Football

John Urschel is a PhD candidate in applied mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is the author of several peer-reviewed papers.

Urschel is also a former offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens and the Penn State Nittany Lions. He graduated from Penn State with a bachelors and master’s degree in mathematics all with a 4.0 grade point average.

He was also awarded the William V. Campbell Trophy in 2013, which honors the top college football scholar-athlete in the nation. In 2017, he was named one of Forbes’s 30 Under 30 in science.

In this Jan. 22, 2012 file photo, a woman pays her respects at a statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University campus after learning of his death in State College, Pa. Paterno was 85.
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Since the Sandusky scandal, Penn State hasn’t publicly commemorated former head football coach, Joe Paterno. That will change this Saturday at the matchup against Temple - and it’s reignited a debate about how and if Paterno should be recognized.

“We thought it was too soon, it was insensitive and just not the right time.”

Lauren Davis is the opinions editor at the Penn State student newspaper, The Daily Collegian. She recently wrote an editorial arguing against the tribute.

Players gather around weight equipment
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The 2015 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts was in full swing Saturday morning. But, in a northeast corner of the Penn State campus, the football team was in the middle of a workout under the hot sun. This workout was a little different than their normal conditioning routine.

The offense competed against the defense in events such as sled pull relays, deadlifts, tugs-of-war and other strength exercises.

Fran Fisher and Joe Paterno
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Penn State broadcaster Fran Fisher passed away this morning at the age of 91.

Fisher had been involved with Penn State Athletics since 1966. He served as Penn State Football Radio Network’s color commentator until 1970, when he took over as the play-by-play announcer. Fisher left radio in 1983, but continued to hold many positions at Penn State, including Assistant Athletics Director. He also lead the team that developed the current Penn State logo. 

Fisher's son, Jerry Fisher, posted this tweet after his father's passing.

Penn State has its vacated football wins back. In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal, the NCAA took away the team’s wins under Joe Paterno from 1998 to 2011. The restoration is part of the settlement of a lawsuit brought by a Pennsylvania state senator.

The lost wins and a 60 million dollar fine were among the last remaining sanctions agreed to by Penn State in a 2012 consent decree to avoid a complete shutdown of the Football program. A bowl ban, scholarship reductions, and other sanctions were repealed last year.

Penn State's Beaver Stadium
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The Penn State football team is now bowl game eligible. The NCAA announced a lift on Penn State’s postseason ban Monday, effective immediately. The news directly followed the release of former Senator and independent monitor George Mitchell’s second annual report on the school’s compliance with sanctions levied after the Sandusky scandal. Mitchell’s review of Penn State’s progress was glowing—he applauded the university’s institution of a new compliance system, which encourages transparency and communication with Penn State leadership.