Podcast: Lions strive to fix problems

A loss on homecoming to Northwestern, a team that had won just one game headed into its meeting with Penn State, means the Lions need to fix some problems. Frank Bodani and Jim Seip discuss what might be improved upon during a bye week before next week’s showdown with struggling Michigan.

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Penn State bye week chat, 8 p.m., Sept. 29

The Nittany Lions certainly came crashing down to earth.

It seems like the continual pressure on Christian Hackenberg is taking its toll.

It seems like the continual pressure on Christian Hackenberg is taking its toll.

Were you more stunned about how it happened or who it happened to? With Northwestern behind and a bye week and Michigan again, let’s chat about everything Penn State football tonight from 8 to 9.

Hot topics figure to be coach James Franklin and his staff as well as quarterback Christian Hackenberg. And, of course, that offensive line.

Give me your ways to help “fix” the Lions before the prime time trip to Ann Arbor.

To get warmed up, check out my column on those Penn State blockers and what needs to happen next for the Lions to regroup.

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PSU to take on struggling Northwestern

PSU reporter Frank Bodani made sure to note that he doesn’t think the Wildcats are bad, he just doesn’t think they do one thing particularly well. For this and other gems, check out this week’s edition of the YDR PSU Podcast.

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., Sept. 22

The Lions won going away, backups D.J. Crook and Cole Chiappialle got major face time, and even the running game blossomed before our eyes.

Penn State's defense, led by senior Adrian Amos, has quietly surprised so far this season.

Penn State’s defense, led by senior Adrian Amos, has quietly surprised so far this season.

Most everything went right with Penn State’s runaway victory over Massachusetts — a victory that keeps PSU unblemished at 4-0 for the first time in six years.

Let’s chat about that Monday evening and look ahead to the big homecoming clash with Northwestern.

But did we learn enough from the game? How do you see James Franklin’s team, particularly this offense, developing over the next month in the Big Ten?

Is Christian Hackenberg performing up to expectations?

If you can’t join me from 8 to 9 on Monday, drop in a question or comment at any time, and I’ll get to those first.

To get ready, check out my column on what Crook’s quarterback performance shows about this team.

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Podcast: PSU needs to improve after victory at Rutgers

Frank Bodani returns to action after surviving the commute to Piscataway, N.J. We talk about what needs to happen as Penn State moves into an easier portion of its schedule.

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Another linebacker, and another Jersey recruit, picks Penn State

First, Penn State rallied late to beat Rutgers in prime time, in their Big Ten debut.

The next day they grabbed yet another recruit from the Scarlet Knights’ back yard. That means James Franklin and his staff now have that extra linebacker recruit they really wanted.

James Franklin just won another New Jersey recruiting battle ... and stocked up Linebacker U. in the process.

James Franklin just won another New Jersey recruiting battle … and stocked up Linebacker U. in the process.

The Nittany Lions’ 20th member of their of their 2015 recruiting class – and their seventh member from New Jersey — is versatile athlete Daiquan Kelly, whose college future appears to be on defense.

Kelly is a three-star prospect in most national recruiting rankings but possesses even more upside, said Brian Dohn, an analyst with Scout.com. He was a verbal commit to Syracuse before immediately switching to Penn State on Sunday after getting word of a scholarship offer from Franklin.

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., Sept. 15

Certainly, Penn State isn’t the most attractive 3-0 team around.

Penn State shouldn't need another last-minute victory this Saturday. But where are these Lions really headed?

Penn State shouldn’t need another last-minute victory this Saturday. But where are these Lions really headed?

Not even close.

But despite a young and mistake-prone offensive line, the Nittany Lions have found ways to pull out two heart-stopping victories and muck their way through a third. And in this less-than-impressive Big Ten, that is a definitive positive, for sure.

So let’s chat tonight about everything that happened at Rutgers and what it means going forward for James Franklin and company. Plus, the Lions also landed another recruit for the 2015 class. Who is he and where does he project as the 20th commitment?

Join me from 8 to 9, and tell me how you would “fix” the Lions … as well as what you are most pleasantly surprised about so far.

In the meantime, check out my column from today on Penn State’s work-in-progress offensive line … and what the future may hold.

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., Sept. 8

Tonight’s regularly scheduled Penn State football chat just got a lot more interesting.

The Nittany Lions are once again eligible for NCAA postseason play, the NCAA said Monday afternoon, and their scholarship limits will be lifted for the 2015-16 season. The announcements came in the latest George Mitchell report in light of the Sandusky sanctions.

Can QB Christian Hackenberg keep throwing the Lions to victory? (Jason Plotkin -Daily Record/Sunday News)

Can QB Christian Hackenberg keep throwing the Lions to victory? (Jason Plotkin -Daily Record/Sunday News)

Join me tonight at 8 to chat about Penn State’s victory over Akron in James Franklin’s Beaver Stadium debut. Of course, we’ll also look ahead to Saturday night’s Big Ten clash at Rutgers and even beyond.

Where do you think this team is headed?

We’ll talk about all of that and more from 8 to 9 tonight. If you can’t make it then, drop in a question or comment at any time and I’ll get to those first.

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Podcast: What did PSU learn from its victory in Ireland?

Frank Bodani is back from Dublin and ready to talk about what to expect in Week 2 as the Nittany Lions take on Akron.

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Penn State goes to Dublin: My favorite Irish scenes in photos, videos

What a trip.

The Penn State football team crossed the pond to take on Central Florida in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, and the Daily Record/Sunday News sent journalists Frank Bodani and Jason Plotkin along for the ride.

It was an action-packed five days that included Gaelic football and hurling, an American high school football game, culinary exploration, a pep rally, some fun and games with the people of Dublin and, oh yeah, the main-event football game in historic Croke Park.

Throw in a five-hour time difference, and you might have missed some of the awesome coverage from Frank and Jason. Here are some of my favorite scenes from the trip. What was your favorite?

No. 1: Can the Irish speak Pennsylvania Dutch?
This video is hands-down my favorite part of the trip. No question.

No. 2: The many faces of Franklin
We already knew James Franklin was an emotional guy. But I don’t think we had any idea just how expressive he’d be on the sidelines.

Penn State coach James Franklin expressed a range of emotions during the Croke Park Classic in Dublin on Saturday.

Penn State coach James Franklin expressed a range of emotions during the Croke Park Classic in Dublin on Saturday.

Related: This video, which could be titled “James Franklin hugs everyone: The story of Frank Bodani’s Croke Park footchase”

No. 3: Gaelic Games
This one makes the list because of how much fun the Nittany Lions had while learning the traditional Irish sports of hurling and Gaelic football.

Malik Golden, center and other members of the Penn State football team erupt in cheers as the team witnesses a demonstration in hurling and Gaelic football at University College, Dublin on Thursday, August 28, 2014.  (Jason Plotkin - Daily Record/Sunday News)

Malik Golden, center and other members of the Penn State football team erupt in cheers as the team witnesses a demonstration in hurling and Gaelic football at University College, Dublin on Thursday, August 28, 2014. (Jason Plotkin – Daily Record/Sunday News)


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