2011 Penn State football beat writers, bloggers and their predictions

Penn State Beaver Stadium Press Box
This year, rather than just list the beat writers predictions like I did in past years, I figured I’d take it a step farther. I have compiled all the reporters on the Penn State Nittany Lions football beat and linked to their outlet, their blog (if applicable) and their twitter account. I have also included some bloggers who are in the press box as well. Generally speaking, I organized this list on the location of the media property in alphabetical order. Some of them, I know better than others. Oh and many/most of the predictions come from The Altoona Mirror story Most media looking at 7 or 8 wins this year. Other predictions come from Town & Gown’s Penn State Football Annual which FINALLY arrived on Wednesday.

The Morning Call (Allentown)
Mark Wogenrich @MarkWogenrich has been cover the Nittany Lions for quite a while. Bill Kline, sports editor, runs a blog called Nittany Lines which Wogenrich also contributes too.

ALTOONA MIRROR/TOWN & GOWN FOOTBALL ANNUAL PREDICTIONS: Wogenrich 8-4
MORNING CALL PREDICTION: Kline 8-4

The Altoona Mirror
A “mouth from the South” Cory Giger @cgiger has earned his critics for being abrasive. His own description: “About me: I’m a 37-year-old Arkansas native who has lived in Altoona for 11 years, and I’ve been in the newspaper business for 18 years. I’m the Mirror’s Penn State and Altoona Curve beat writer and columnist, as well as a longtime movie and pop culture columnist.”

I think Neil Rudel @NeilRudel has been on the beat since the 1970s. Some people aren’t crazy about him, but I’ve never had an issue. Rudel and Giger (and sometimes sports editor Phillip Cmor) do videos after pressers and games.

ALTOONA MIRROR PREDICTIONS: Giger 7-5, Cmor 9-3
TOWN & GOWN FOOTBALL ANNUAL: Giger 7-5 Rudel 8-4

The Patriot-News/pennlive.com (Harrisburg)
Bob Flounders @sportswriter7 enters his 10th season as the lead beat-writer and is one of the better ones, though he certainly has his critics who think he is always negative about Penn State. David Jones @djoneshoop, who leans contrarian, covers the opponent during the week and writes columns. Remember everyone, Jones, the Ohio State grad hated Jim Tressel, but not Penn State — he hates The Maryland Bureau Chief Emeritus, Sam though. Jones gets credit for calling out bad Big Ten officials Dave Witvoet and Dick Honig. Dustin Hockensmith @PN_Dustin Generally an editor, but also a Tuesday panelist on the P-N videos with Flounders. He never wrote a column in The Collegian about yearning to throw water bottles in the student section like his brother did either. There is also a @psufootball account run by pennlive.com. The three of them take turns doing videos, one after the presser on Tuesday with Flounders and Hockensmith and a post-game one with Flounders and Jones which are just yuckfests. I’m guessing they are hysterical on Friday nights at whatever Appleby’s they happen to be at before Lions road games. Flounders also does chats on Tuesdays, Jones does sometimes too.

ALTOONA MIRROR PREDICTIONS: Flounders 7-5 Jones 7-5
TOWN & GOWN FOOTBALL ANNUAL: Flounders 6-6

Flounders makes a habit of giving different predictions to different publications.

Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Mike Gross appears to write a few Penn State stories during the week, but AP seems to be used a lot too.

The Inky/Philly Daily News (Philadelphia)
“Joe Juliano This coming fall will be Joe’s fourth season on the paper’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.” Intern Jake Kaplan @JakeMKaplan contributes as well, including over at

NO KNOWN PREDICTIONS

Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh)
Ron Musselman @rmusselmaensburg is an alum, but the Post-Gazette has a tendency to frame too much of its coverage around the dormant Penn State-Pitt rivalry. The columnists tend to pile on when the Lions are going through a tough spot, but jump on the bandwagon when Penn State is good. I gave up on reading them years ago, so maybe it’s better.

ALTOONA MIRROR PREDICTION: 8-4

The Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh/Greensburg)
Student Audrey Snider @audsnyder4 files a number of the stories for this section but has protected tweets which is kind of stupid for a journalist. Columnist John Harris @jharris_trib also contributes some but is not much of a presence on twitter.

NO KNOWN PREDICTIONS

The Reading Eagle
Rich Scarsella @nittanyrich is the dean of the beat and an alumnus. He annually gets a Q&A with Joe Paterno for Town & Gown Football Annual. Blog: Penn State Update

ALTOONA MIRROR/TOWN & GOWN FOOTBALL ANNUAL PREDICTIONS: Scarsella 9-3

Centre Daily Times (State College)
Jeff Rice has been on the beat for over 5 years, but I don’t think I can find a twitter account for him. He has a blog Asides of Rice Unlike most beat writers, he also writes columns regularly. Sports editor Walt Moody also contributes to the coverage.

ALTOONA MIRROR PREDICTION: Rice 8-4 Moody 8-4

Fight On State (Scout.com)
Mark Brennan @MarkXBrennan (Hazleton native, I think) joined Fight On State when it started up as part of scout.com after many years at Blue White Illustrated. He does radio and television as well. FOS has lots of recruiting news which I don’t follow and premium content for subscribers.

ALTOONA MIRROR PREDICTION: Brennan 9-3

Blue White Illustrated (Rivals.com)
Phil Grosz‘s Blue White Illustrated @BWIonRivals affiliated itself with Rivals a while back. Lots of recruiting news which I don’t follow and premium content for subscribers. Nate Bauer natebauerbwi is the regular beat writer. The season preview issue is free and of course, recruiting-centric. Matt Herb is another one of the writers over there.

ALTOONA MIRROR PREDICTIONS: Grosz 10-2 (only 10-2?!) Herb 8-4

Lions247.com
Another premium site, though Sean Fitz @seanfitz247 did break the Rob Bolden starting game 1 story.

TOWN & GOWN FOOTBALL ANNUAL PREDICTION: 8-4

The Collegian
Joe McIntyre @JoeMcIntyre5 is the year’s lead Collegian football writer. There is also Footblog. Ryan Loy ryan_loy and Mike Still are also on the football staff.

COLLEGIAN PREDICTIONS: McIntyre 8-5 Loy 10-3 Still 8-5 — good for them in including a bowl game in their predictions.

The Times Tribune Scranton
Just a hunch, but if you want coverage of Matt McGloin, Donnie Collins @psubst will probably have the most of any newspaper.

TOWN & GOWN FOOTBALL ANNUAL PREDICTION: 7-5

Times-Leader Wilkes-Barre
If memory serves, Derek Levarse @TLdlevarse was a Collegian beat writer before moving to the Times-Leader.
TOWN & GOWN FOOTBALL ANNUAL PREDICTION: 9-3

York Daily Record
Frank Bodani @YDRPennState has been on the beat a loooong time. I probably haven’t been reading him enough. There is also a a blog where he hosts a chat on Monday nights.

TOWN & GOWN FOOTBALL ANNUAL PREDICTION: 9-3

AP
Genaro Armas @GArmasAP is the AP bureau in State College. You can find his content all over the web.

ALTOONA MIRROR PREDICTION: 9-3

Examiner.com
Kevin McGuire is the national college football writer and Penn State writer for Examiner.com and posts at a baker’s dozen of other blogs, mostly about Penn State and Philadelphia sports. He has about 26 twitter handles, but go with @PSUExaminer

PREDICTION: 8-4

Black Shoe Diaries
The “Voltron of Penn State blogs” BSD is under new management and has two accredited bloggers for the season. Ben Jones @Ben_Jones88 will be in the press box and Mike Pettigano @Mike Pettigano will be shooting photos on the field. Other BSD bloggers on twitter:

@BSDtweet
Chris Grovich @scrappled
Kevin Powers @thefolkist
AdamCollyer @AdamCollyer
Jeff Junstrom @EpicTripod
Tim Aydin @HappyHourValley
Eric Gibson @BSD_Eric
Peter Gray @RunTheDive
Kyle Martin @KMart93
Nick Blonde @1600doctorb
Galen Sawyers @TheNittanyLine

OTHER PROGNOSTICATORS

Jeff Byers TOWN & GOWN FOOTBALL ANNUAL PREDICTION: 9-3
Todd Irwin (Altoona Mirror-Record) ALTOONA MIRROR PREDICTION: 8-4
Bill Albright (ESPN Williamsport) ALTOONA MIRROR PREDICTION: 8-4
Todd Brown (QWIK Rock 105.9/106.9) ALTOONA MIRROR PREDICTION: 10-2
Scott Henry TOWN & GOWN FOOTBALL ANNUAL PREDICTION: 8-4
David Pencek TOWN & GOWN FOOTBALL ANNUAL PREDICTION: 9-3
Rob Schmidt TOWN & GOWN FOOTBALL ANNUAL PREDICTION: 8-4
Jon Christoff (The Clearfield Progress-Register) ALTOONA MIRROR PREDICTION: 8-4
Earl Whitmore (Lebanon Daily News-Record) TOWN & GOWN FOOTBALL ANNUAL PREDICTION: 9-3

My prediction:

9-4 - They only have a 10% chance against Alabama and I have to expect them to lose to Iowa until proven otherwise. I think they drop two in November during the Nebraska, Ohio State, Wisconsin stretch. They’ll win the bowl game.

PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 – I think I skipped 2010 for some reason

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