Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., Aug. 18

The Nittany Lions are beginning to hit the homestretch of preseason camp. They leave for Dublin, Ireland a week from tomorrow.

The Lions are stacked at tailback. Where does Zach Zwinak fit into the plans?

The Lions are stacked at tailback. Where does Zach Zwinak fit into the plans?

Let’s chat about how James Franklin and his Lions have fared so far and what we may expect from them over the next two weeks leading up to the opener against Central Florida.

We know the offensive line would be an issue, but how much has that been complicated by a banged-up Donovan Smith? How much will the defense be upgraded this fall with new coordinator Bob Shoop?

We’ll talk about that and more, including recruiting, tonight from 8 to 9.

In the meantime, check out the most recent Penn State podcast from Jim Seip and myself which goes in-depth about Adam Breneman and how the offense will deal with his latest setback.

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How can PSU overcome Breneman injury?

Tight end Adam Breneman has an injury, one that could keep him out of action for multiple games or even the entire season. How will the Nittany Lions overcome the injury? Reporters Jim Seip and Frank Bodani discuss the latest with Penn State football in the most recent podcast.

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How many elite cornerbacks will the Lions land?

Penn State now finds itself in a most unique recruiting situation.

It just landed one of the top cornerbacks in the nation … and is in prime condition to land another in the coming months.

And maybe even a third, if everything rolls right.

 Jordan Lucas believes Penn State is turning into "DBU." Their elite cornerback recruiting may back that up.

Jordan Lucas believes Penn State is turning into “DBU.” Their elite cornerback recruiting may back that up.

This all comes after some were beginning to wonder if James Franklin and the Nittany Lions would get any of their highest-profile defensive back prospects in this 2014 recruiting cycle.

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., Aug. 11

One week of preseason camp is over, so let’s chat about where James Franklin and the Nittany Lions are headed.

Youngster Geno Lewis is being counted on to lead even younger Lions receivers.

Youngster Geno Lewis is being counted on to lead even younger Lions receivers.

Join me at 8 on Monday evening to talk about the progress of the offensive line and those young receivers, as well as the ever-important backups to quarterback Christian Hackenberg.

Plus, we’ll hit on recruiting and the sooner-than-expected decision and commitment of top cornerback John Reid.

And are you heading to Ireland to watch the Lions and Central Florida? Will it be coach George O’Leary’s last game? Daily Record photographer Jason Plotkin and I are going, so I want to hear your best travel details to get us ready.

In the meantime, check out my column from today on the value of Bill Belton … the most versatile Nittany Lion.

Former Penn State lineman Pete Curkendall and his wife are raising a family of special needs children.

Former Penn State lineman Pete Curkendall and his wife are raising a family of special needs children.

Plus, it’s always the right time to talk about former Nittany Lions doing good. And no one shows that more than Pete Curkendall. Check out his remarkable family story here.

And here is another piece on Curkendall’s up-and-down career and his after-Penn State connection with Joe Paterno.

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A Calling to Help: The power in this Lions’ pride pushes on

He is half the size of a typical 8 year old.

He cannot eat or talk. He cannot take a bath without being wrapped in protective plastic. He cannot see out of one eye.

Former Penn State lineman Pete Curkendall hugs his son, Sergio, during a recent hospital visit. width=

Who knows how long he will survive?

Sergio is one of six blessings bestowed upon a former Penn State defensive lineman.

Thirty years ago, Pete Curkendall was just coming into his own as a fun-loving, ultra-talented and yet disinterested member of a dominating defense. He was an underachieving and yet key part of a national title winner.

Now, Curkendall and his wife, Renee, are devoted protectors and even saviors. They have six children, five with severe physical, mental or emotional disabilities. Four are adopted.

Those kids are overcoming everything from AIDS to brain cancer to needing a new heart. Doctors didn’t think any of them, except for biological child Cody, would survive long-term.

And yet they are thriving for the most part, one of the most unique blended families you will find.

“It’s like watching little miracles continuously happening,” Pete Curkendall said. “You can limit a child or let a child fly in education, relationship-wise, whatever. We never tried to limit them.”

Nettie, now 24, started the Curkendall's life of caring for and adopting severely disabled children.

Nettie, now 24, started the Curkendalls’ life of caring for and adopting severely disabled children.

Plus, here is a separate piece looking back on his Penn State career and his surprising connection to Joe Paterno long after his playing days.

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m Tuesday, Aug. 5

Quarterback Christian Hackenberg throws during team practice on media day Monday in State College. (Kate Penn — Daily Record/Sunday News)

Quarterback Christian Hackenberg throws during team practice on media day Monday in State College. (Kate Penn — Daily Record/Sunday News)


Another Penn State football media day has come and gone, and it’s time for the Nittany Lions to get to work.


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James Franklin brought his high-energy personality to the field for the first day of practice, mostly keeping the media — and UCF coach George O’Leary — in the dark about game-plan specifics. But he did open up a little about how the team plans to use quarterback Christian Hackenberg in his second year with the Lions. Hint: It might be outside the pocket, from time to time.

Frank Bodani will be back at 8 p.m. Tuesday to talk about all this and more as the Lions prepare to open their first season under Franklin. Need more food for thought? Check out five things Frank says the Lions need to tackle before they take on O’Leary and the Knights in Dublin on Aug. 30.

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Podcast: Lions preseason practice begins next week

Penn State’s media day on Monday signals the start of Penn State’s preseason practice. Frank Bodani and Jim Seip talk about big questions surrounding preseason camp and some 2016 recruiting news.

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., July 28

We can’t wait to hear what James Franklin has to say at Big Ten Media Days.

Same for York County native and Big Ten newcomer Randy Edsall of Maryland.

 James Franklin should play the suit and the microphone well from Big Ten Media Days in Chicago.

James Franklin should play the suit and the microphone well from Big Ten Media Days in Chicago.

So join me at 8 tonight to break down all of the day’s happenings in Chicago. What are people saying about what all the coaches are saying? Will there be any sparks in response to Franklin jabbing Edsall and Rutgers’ head coach Kyle Flood about the Nittany Lions’ expected recruiting reach and expected success?

We will talk about all of the day’s happenings, as well as hit on recruiting, the upcoming season and exactly who will play linebacker and offensive tackle if a couple of big names get hurt.

If you can’t make it at 8, drop in a question or comment throughout the day.

To get ready, look over the media picks for preseason All-Big Ten honors. Where would you rank a Nittany Lion higher?

And if you missed it, check out our slideshow last week from Franklin and the Lions’ visit to Penn State Hershey’s Children Hospital.

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Slideshow: Penn State football team visits Children’s Hospital


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Some 120 Penn State football players and coaches visited the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital on Wednesday.

Players and coaches signed autographs and interacted with patients, and they got a tour of the facility.

Click here to see a gallery of photos from the event.

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 15

We’re chatting Penn State football on a new night this week, and it’s the perfect time to catch up on all of the happenings from last weekend’s Lift for Life event.

Tight end Jesse James was one of the standouts at Penn State's Lift for Life event.

Tight end Jesse James was one of the standouts at Penn State’s Lift for Life event.

Who looked the strongest and most impressive in the team competitions?

Who gave the best interview?

And what do you think about offensive lineman Miles Dieffenbach and Dallastown linebacker Ben Kline having a shot to return this fall from significant injuries?

Talk to me tonight from 8 to 9 or drop in a question or comment any time until then.

We also will update any recruiting happenings and rumors and also look ahead to the Croke Park Classic in Ireland.

In the meantime, check out my Lift for Life stories and my column on one of the main men behind Penn State’s season-opener in Ireland.

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