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PSU Paterno Wins Returned

By: Jeff Cavanaugh

There have been lots of victories lately in Happy Valley – the record 7th national championship won by the women’s volleyball team, the 31-30 overtime victory over Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl, and a 10-game win streak by the men’s basketball team earlier this season – but until today, Penn State has never won 112 games in a single day.

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The B1G and What it Means

By Les Barnhart

My Penn State friends, the price of poker in the Big Ten has gone up.  Big Time.  That was even before the Buckeyes claimed the first ever College Football Playoff Championship (and their second National Title since 2002).  No, the Big Ten pushed their collective chips to the middle of the table when Michigan landed Jim Harbaugh as their new man.  The fight for power in college football is an ongoing battle and the Big Ten clearly has thrown its hat in the ring.  All the teams, including Penn State, should consider themselves served.

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What if the NCAA restores the wins?

Right now in Happy Valley, it sort of seems like things are going our way. The truth is, we had sort of gotten used to it. We had one of the best football teams in the nation consistently, a world-class university, beautiful weather every season, the coolest things to do, incredible restaurants, fun bars, wonderful hotels to have our friends and family stay at when they came to town; we even were known for being the best of low crime, places to retire and a litany of other things.

And we're still known for those things. But the truth is, the terrible situation caused upheaval in our lives. We had to step back and reconsider everything. Tragedies often do that, and this one shook us to our very core. We were left reeling in the wake of scandal. You know just as well as we do how tough things got. We don't need to go into it. 

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Penn Staters Seeking Super Bowl Rings

Photo from Tim Weight
By Jeff Cavanaugh

As Sam Ficken's game-winning extra point kick sailed into Monument Park at Yankee Stadium in the Pinstripe Bowl, it marked the end of an important season for the Penn State Nittany Lions. It was their first bowl appearance since 2012 and first bowl victory in nearly five years – sending the Nittany Lions into the offseason with plenty of momentum.

But for eight former Penn State standouts, they hope there is at least a few more weeks left in the season for their NFL teams vying for the Lombardi Trophy. And as long as the Carolina Panthers do not play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on February 1 in Arizona, it will be the 44th Super Bowl in the 49 year history that featured at least one former Penn State player on a Super Bowl team – and when Nittany Lions get to the Super Bowl... they usually find a way to win. There are 37 former Penn State Nittany Lions that have earned 54 Super Bowl rings – those impressive numbers include Michael Robinson and Jordan Hill from last year's Seattle Seahawks.

Here's a look at the former Nittany Lions that hope to join the long list of Penn State alums with Super Bowl rings next month in Super Bowl XLIX:

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