Penn State coach James Franklin has signed a contract extension that guarantees him $34.7 million through 2022. According to terms released by Penn State on Friday, the deal is worth an average of $5.78 million annually and contains up to $1 million in incentive bonuses each year.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State is riding big expectations this season coming off an unexpected Big Ten title. And, there is a lot to like about the 2017 Nittany Lions. [ MORE: Dienhart: 5 things I learned | DaeSean Hamilton Facebook Live ] Here are some fun takes from a practice we watched Wednesday on a sun-splashed day. Most impressive player: RB Saquon Barkley. This is easy. The 5-11, 228-pound Barkley already looks like an NFL back. Talking to PSU broadcaster and ex-Nittany Lion LB great Jack Ham, he compared Barkley’s lower body to Earl Campbell. Top specimen: DE
Not long ago, Penn State was a program bereft of depth and talent. But look at the Nittany Lions now. Here is what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart learned at Penn State practice.
Penn State is coming off a stunningly surprising season that saw the Nittany Lions win the Big Ten title in James Franklin’s third season. Here's what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart will be watching at practice Wednesday.
The 2017 BTN bus tour is underway, starting today at Indiana practice and coming to a close Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Northwestern. The 14-stop trek across the Big Ten footprint will span 20 days, and include countless hours on the bus and at practice.
The preseason Amway Coaches Poll came out Thursday, and four Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 10.. No. 2 Ohio State leads the way, while reigning Big Ten champ Penn State comes in at No. 6. No. 9 Michigan and No. 10 Wisconsin round out the top 10.
It’s August. And that means just one thing: The college football season is closer. Anticipation builds as pundits pontificate on what they think will unfold. I checked in with one of BTN’s top analysts, former Iowa quarterback Chuck Long, to get his views on a variety of subjects.
Rutgers will be a Homecoming opponent three times, more than any other school as the Scarlet Knights play at Nebraska, at Michigan and at Penn State. Illinois, Indiana, Maryland and Michigan will be Homecoming foes two times apiece. Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern and Ohio State are not Homecoming foes.
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Ask any coach, and he’ll tell you: It’s not who you play, it’s when you play them. And if you’re playing a series of hot teams in succession, it could torpedo your season. Having typed that, here are seven of the toughest stretches of games Big Ten teams must play.