November nights hit the Big Ten; could Penn State join in, too?

Penn State will be playing three times under the lights this season, including that rare mid-September Big Ten game at Rutgers.

It will mark the league debut for the Scarlet Knights and for Penn State head coach James Franklin.
And, yes, this won’t be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. This will be on-campus at comfy, 52,000-seat High Point Solutions Stadium.

Christian Hackenberg will be starring in prime time at least three times this fall.

Christian Hackenberg will be starring in prime time at least three times this fall.

But could there be a fourth night game looming?

Suddenly, it’s possible for Penn State, seeing as how the Big Ten has broken tradition and scheduled two prime time games in November. (Illinois at Ohio State, Nov. 1; Michigan State at Maryland, Nov. 15). The previous rationale was that late-season night games could make it tougher for fans, not only to sit through bad-weather games as temperatures drop, but also with bad road conditions at night.

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Talk Penn State football at the York Business Expo

Meet York Daily Record Penn State beat reporter Frank Bodani from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 30 at the International Business and Workforce Expo at the York Fairgrounds.

What's it like to cover James Franklin and Penn State football? Find out next Wednesday.

What’s it like to cover James Franklin and Penn State football? Find out next Wednesday.

Talk with Frank about Penn State and Big Ten football, as well as the local sports scene. Get the inside scoop on James Franklin’s first months with the Nittany Lions, as well as the team’s prospects for the upcoming season.

Can the Lions keep their hot recruiting start going? What do you think it’s like covering the Nittany Lions?

Frank will be located at the MediaOnePA booth (#1540), where businesses can stop by and receive a digital marketing health check.

The booth will be right down from the York Revolution.

The Expo runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is $20 without a pass but is free with advanced registration.

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., April 21

Penn State actually has gone an entire week without landing a verbal commitment.

But that doesn’t mean recruiting is slowing down. Actually, James Franklin and his staff are just beginning the busiest time of the recruiting (and public appearance) calendar. From now through the end of the May, coaches will be evaluating high school talent across the country as well as embarking on the “Coaches Caravan” tour, which will stop in York.

Penn State is searching hard for more recruits like freshman Antoine White.

Penn State is searching hard for more recruits like freshman Antoine White.

Let’s chat about recruiting and everything else Penn State football Monday night from 8 to 9. Who will be the next commitment? Plus, give me your take on the Lions’ weakest and strongest spots on the team heading into summer camp.

Meanwhile, check out my feature story on incoming recruit Nick Scott, who has local connections, and may just be the best leaper on the team.

Also, here’s my latest take on what the next steps are for Franklin and his staff at Penn State.

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Frank Bodani talks PSU football on WITF’s Radio Smart Talk

Our own Frank Bodani will be featured on Friday morning’s Radio Smart Talk program on WITF to discuss Penn State’s recruiting success under first-year coach James Franklin.


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Penn State has shot to the top of the national recruiting rankings, largely thanks to the enthusiasm that Franklin has brought to the program. Frank discusses what it means to compile a highly rated recruiting class so early in the spring.

The radio show begins at 9 a.m. Friday, and Frank’s interview is scheduled to air shortly after 9:50 a.m. You can listen on the radio on 89.5 FM in southcentral Pennsylvania, and you can also listen live online here. The show will re-air at 7 p.m. Friday, and it will be available to listen to in the Smart Talk archives.

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Meet Penn State’s 2015 recruiting class

James Franklin makes Penn State the Lion kings of recruiting

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Podcast: Penn State recruiting tops in the nation

Frank Bodani and Jim Seip discuss how Penn State has become a national story, landing recruits early in the process of filling its 2015 recruiting class.

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Penn State Spring Wrap Chat, 8 p.m., April 14

James Franklin’s first spring practice season is in the books.

Safety Ryan Keiser made another big play in the Blue-White Game Saturday.

Safety Ryan Keiser made another big play in the Blue-White Game Saturday.

Now, it’s on to some heavy recruiting and more program building for him and his new Penn State staff. What did you think of the past month for the Nittany Lions and the time ahead before the preseason?

Do you think Sterling Jenkins will eventually become a Lion and can Penn State hold onto the nation’s No. 1 recruiting spot?

Let’s chat about all that and more tonight from 8 to 9. Can’t make it, just leave a comment or question any time throughout the day and I’ll get to it first tonight.

And, if you didn’t happen to catch our coverage from Saturday’s Blue-White Game, check some of it here, including the emotional day for walk-on running back Cole Chiappialle.

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We can’t stop talking about Blue-White Game

Frank Bodani requested we redo the podcast, because — well — he loves talking about the Blue-White Game. (By the way, he’s picking the Blue by double digits.) Listen to the latest installment to find out where a teenaged Bodani and his mullet went on the night Penn State’s football team won its most recent national title. Hint: He was living on a prayer, but not at the Fiesta Bowl.

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James Franklin to be joined by Penn State basketball and soccer coaches in York

James Franklin will be getting some help during his “Coaches Caravan” tour stop next month at Penn State York.

The first-year head football coach will be joined by women’s basketball coach Coquese Washington and men’s and women’s soccer coaches Bob Warming and Erica Walsh.

James Franklin will be making his first public Penn State appearance in York on May 6.

James Franklin will be making his first public Penn State appearance in York on May 6.

The May 6 lunch stop in York is sold out.

The reception that same evening in Hershey and the May 20 lunch at Williamsport’s Pennsylvania College of Technology also are sold out. There are less than 50 seats remaining for the May 22 evening reception in Erie and the May 7 lunch in Baltimore.

Franklin, the Nittany Lions’ 16th head football coach, is scheduled to participate in all 17 caravan stops in May. He and the other Penn State head coaches will address the crowd at each event as well as take questions and pose for pictures and sign autographs.

Franklin may be joined by some of his assistants in York and other stops with details to be released after Saturday’s Blue-White Game.

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Penn State facing more problems on the offensive line, at linebacker

The hits keep coming during spring practice for James Franklin and his new Penn State staff.

And to make matters worse, they’re at positions the team can least afford problems – along the offensive line and at linebacker.

The Nittany Lions faced a most precarious situation on the line even before spring workouts began. Now, it’s potentially much worse. They have reportedly lost senior guard and team leader Miles Dieffenbach to a potentially serious knee injury. Also gone, at least temporarily is expected starting right tackle Andrew Nelson, a redshirt freshman, to an undisclosed knee injury.

James Franklin may rely on an anonymous offensive line, if this trend continues.

James Franklin may rely on an anonymous offensive line, if this trend continues.

Then, FightOnState.com reported on Monday that backup lineman Anthony Alosi will face a preliminary hearing at the end of the month on simple assault and harassment charges. Alosi, a redshirt junior, committed the alleged offenses on Jan. 31 and was charged on March 21, according to court documents cited by FOS.

Meanwhile, “sources close to the program indicate that (Alosi) has been held out of recent sessions due to an unspecified injury,” according to FOS.

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Nittany Lions to play under the lights at Michigan

Penn State will help make some Michigan football history this October.

The Nittany Lions’ Oct. 11 Big Ten road opener will be first Big Ten home night game (third overall) in Michigan Stadium history. The 7 p.m. game will be televised by ESPN or ESPN2.

Bill Belton gets another prime time crack at Michigan this season.

Bill Belton gets another prime time crack at Michigan this season.

The teams will be meeting for the 18th time overall and the second consecutive year in prime time. Penn State has won the last four meetings against the Wolverines, though the teams will be meeting in Michigan Stadium for the first time since 2009. The two traditional powers are Big Ten East Division rivals starting this season and will play annually. Continue reading “Nittany Lions to play under the lights at Michigan” »

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