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FILE  -This Sept. 7, 2019, file photo, shows Beaver Stadium before an NCAA college football game between Penn State and Buffalo in State College, Pa.  A football player who transferred from Penn State claims in a lawsuit filed Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, against the university, and head coach James Franklin, that other Nittany Lions players hazed him and other younger teammates, including allegations they imitated sexual acts in the shower and invoked Jerry Sandusky's name (AP Photo/Barry Reeger, File)

Ex-player sues Penn State over football hazing allegations

Jan. 14, 2020 8:25 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former Penn State football player claims in a lawsuit that Nittany Lions players hazed him and other younger teammates by imitating sexual acts in the shower and invoking Jerry Sandusky's name. Isaiah Humphries filed the lawsuit Monday in Pennsylvania federal court against the...

Washington hires John Donovan as offensive coordinator

Jan. 10, 2020 4:39 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — New Washington coach Jimmy Lake made his first major coaching hire Friday, adding John Donovan as the Huskies' new offensive coordinator. It's not as splashy a hire as some Washington fans were hoping for after Bush Hamdan was fired. Donovan has five years of experience as a college...

Penn State running back Journey Brown (4) carries the ball to the end zone for a touchdown against Memphis in the first half of the NCAA Cotton Bowl college football game, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

No. 13 Penn State tops No. 15 Memphis 53-39 in Cotton Bowl

Dec. 28, 2019 9:01 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — All-America linebacker Micah Parsons led the big blitz for Penn State, and he had Brady White all wrapped up when the Memphis quarterback suddenly flipped away the ball — right into the hands of Garrett Taylor. On a day when the Nittany Lions' defense gave up its most points...

Penn State head coach James Franklin reacts to a score against Rutgers in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Penn State defeated Rutgers 27-6. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger)

Big-play G5 Memphis offense, Big Ten Penn State D in Cotton

Dec. 27, 2019 3:32 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Penn State coach James Franklin listened to Memphis coach Ryan Silverfield talk about how phenomenal the Nittany Lions have been on defense. Franklin then expressed similar admiration about the high-scoring Tigers with quarterback Brady White, who are representing the Group of Five...

Penn State football coach James Franklin voices his frustration with critics during an NCAA college football press conference on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. The Nittany Lions lost to Minnesota 31-26 last Saturday. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP)

Penn State hires OC Kirk Ciarrocca away from Minnesota

Dec. 26, 2019 9:20 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Penn State has hired Kirk Ciarrocca as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, after he held the same role for Big Ten foe Minnesota for the past three seasons. Ciarrocca replaces Ricky Rahne, who was named head coach at OId Dominion earlier this month. Penn State head coach...

Old Dominion hires Penn State assistant Rahne as head coach

Dec. 9, 2019 6:25 PM EST

Old Dominion has hired Penn State offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne as its head coach. Rahne has been offensive coordinator at Penn State the last two seasons and on coach James Franklin's staffs with the Nittany Lions and Vanderbilt since 2011. The 39-year-old former Cornell quarterback has never been a head...

Memphis head coach Mike Norvell lifts the American Athletic Conference West Division championship trophy after his team defeated Cincinnati in an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. Memphis is to play Cincinnati again next week in Memphis in the conference championship game. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Memphis to Cotton Bowl vs. Penn State after Norvell to FSU

Dec. 8, 2019 6:56 PM EST

Memphis is going to the Cotton Bowl to represent the Group of Five teams, and the Tigers’ coach is going to a Power Five school. A day after winning the American Athletic Conference championship game, Memphis (12-1) was the highest-ranked Group of Five team in the final College Football Playoff rankings...

The Latest: Toledo left out of bowl berths despite 6-6 mark

Dec. 8, 2019 6:54 PM EST

6:30 p.m. Toledo is not headed to a bowl despite going 6-6 this season. With 79 teams bowl eligible and 78 slots available, there was going to be a team left out. The Rockets lost their final three games of the regular season and will have their streak of nine straight winning seasons snapped. The last time...

Memphis quarterback Brady White (3) hugs running back Patrick Taylor Jr. in the final minutes of the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Cincinnati, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

American champ Memphis vs. Big Ten's Penn St in Cotton Bowl

Dec. 8, 2019 4:29 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cotton Bowl Memphis (12-1, American) vs. Penn State (10-2, Big Ten), Dec. 28, noon ET LOCATION: ARLINGTON, Texas TOP PLAYERS Memphis: QB Brady White, 3,576 yards passing, 33 touchdowns. Penn State: LB Micah Parsons, 95 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, three sacks. NOTABLE Memphis: The...

Penn State coach James Franklin agrees to new 6-year deal

Dec. 7, 2019 3:12 PM EST

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State coach James Franklin has agreed to a new six-year contract with the school that runs through 2025, adding three years on to his previous deal. Penn State's Board of Trustees approve the contract Friday. Financial terms were not immediately released. According to USA...