Morelli OnLion: Penn State breaks through

UNIVERSITY PARK — Sometimes the things a football team doesn’t do in a game contribute as much to a win as the things it actually does. That was the case for Penn State in its first win of the season, 34-7, over Navy on Saturday. The Nittany Lions certainly had many successes on...

Morelli OnLion: O’Brien faces tough decision

UNIVERSITY PARK — Since Bill O’Brien took over as head coach of the Penn State football team, he’s had to make a ton of tough decisions. Some have been related to football, others not. Just two weeks into the 2012 season, he’s got to make his toughest decision...

Morelli OnLion: New era begins with a thud

UNIVERSITY PARK — When it comes to sportswriting, I try to avoid cliches. However, when breaking down Penn State’s 24-14 upset loss to Ohio on Saturday at Beaver Stadium, a cliché works extremely well. It was a tale of two halves. In the first half, things couldn’t...

Morelli OnLion: Season Opener Ushers in New Era at PSU

The last time the Penn State Nittany Lions took the field at Beaver Stadium was Nov. 12. That seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it? For the record, the Nittany Lions lost that day, a close 17-14 defeat at the hands of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. I was in the stands for that...

Morelli OnLion: NCAA punishments were fair

Just when it appeared that things couldn’t get any worse for Penn State, they did. In July, the NCAA handed down its sanctions against the school. As expected, the NCAA brought the hammer down on the once-proud institution. The NCAA didn’t give the Nittany Lions t...

Morelli OnLion: O’Brien’s decision a no-brainer

UNIVERSITY PARK — The soap opera is over. First-year head coach Bill O’Brien put an end to any off-season drama when he named senior Matt McGloin the starting quarterback for the 2012 season. The announcement came during the Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Tournament, which was...

Morelli OnLion: Raiders take liking to PSU

If you’re a Penn State fan who has no allegiance to an NFL team, you may finally have a team to cheer for. The Oakland Raiders. As a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, it pains me to write this column. But there are now four former Penn Staters playing for the...

Morelli OnLion: QB battle down to two

UNIVERSITY PARK — The annual Blue-White Game looked a little different this year. First-year coach Bill O’Brien changed things up for his first spring scrimmage. Instead of dividing the team into two squads, it was simply offense versus defense. The scoring system was revamped,...

Morelli OnLion: Making progress

Joe Battista is just like a kid at Christmas. Nestled away in his office at the Bryce Jordan Center, Battista grins from ear-to-ear as he talks about the progress at the site where the $88 million state of the art ice hockey arena is being built. “Every day there’s more and...

MorelliOnLion: Back to Back

It’s March … let the madness begin. While the madness will probably be short-lived for the Penn State men’s basketball team, the run may be longer for the Lady Lions. In today’s edition of Morelli OnLion, we’ll take a closer look at their chances this...