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Manny Diaz Hires Penn State Football Assistant as Duke Safeties Coach

Manny Diaz, Penn State Football

Tuesday, Duke head coach and former Penn State Football defensive coordinator Manny Diaz announced the hiring of a Nittany Lions defensive assistant, Rick Lyster, as Duke’s safeties coach. Lyster had worked with Diaz on the Penn State staff for the past two seasons at Penn State and at the University of Miami before Diaz was … Read more

With Andy Kotelnicki on board, Penn State Football can shift to most important offseason priority

Penn State Football

According to reports, Penn State Football filled its open offensive coordinator position Thursday, pulling Andy Kotelnicki away from Kansas and Lance Leipold. Now, with the coaching staff filled — on paper — for 2024, Penn State and head coach James Franklin can shift to their most important offseason priority, keeping defensive coordinator Manny Diaz in … Read more

5 Head Coaching Jobs that Make Most Sense for Manny Diaz

Manny Diaz, Penn State Football

Manny Diaz’s future remains an open question as the college football offseason begins and the hiring cycle kicks into gear. Before the 2023 season, Diaz told the media that “being the defensive coordinator at Penn State is a better job than being the head coach at a lot of different schools,” and that his position … Read more

Can Manny Diaz’s Defense Shut Down Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy, Power Penn State Football Upset?

Penn State Football, Manny Diaz

The game of the year has arrived. Penn State Football hosts Michigan, with a chance to revive flickering College Football Playoff hopes. Michigan enters what promises to be a raucous Beaver Stadium for Saturday’s noon kickoff, as the. No. 3 team in the nation, but No. 10 Penn State can play its way back into … Read more

Penn State Football Steamrolls Maryland, 51-15, with Michigan Looming | 3 Takeaways

Dante Cephas, Penn State Football

Penn State Football took on the Maryland Terrapins Saturday on the road, and won in dominating fashion 51-15. It was a tune-up before Penn State takes on the Michigan Wolverines next Saturday, back inside Beaver Stadium, with a chance to revive its College Football Playoff chances. The Nittany Lions used strong defense and a solid … Read more

Schedule Sets Up Perfectly to Help Penn State Football Do Something Nittany Lions Haven’t Since 2017

Penn State Football, Drew Allar

Under head coach James Franklin, Penn State Football is 2-6 following the Nittany Lions’ bye week in his nine years as the head coach at Penn State. Under Franklin, the Nittany Lions have not won after the bye week since 2017, when Penn State beat Michigan 42-13 in the White Out. The Nittany Lions 2023 … Read more

How Long Can Penn State Football Realistically Expect to Keep Manny Diaz?

Penn State Football, Manny Diaz

After Manny Diaz was relieved of his head coaching duties at the University of Miami in December 2021, Penn State Football head coach James Franklin quickly brought the defensive mastermind to Happy Valley as the Nittany Lions‘ defensive coordinator. In his almost season and a half in Happy Valley, Diaz has taken a Penn State … Read more

Swarming Defense Powers Penn State Football 41-13 Win over Northwestern | Takeaways

Penn State Football

Penn State Football overcame a slow start to beat the Northwestern Wildcats 41-13 on Saturday afternoon in Evanston, despite the offense never finding a rhythm. Saturday’s game was was tied at 10 at the half, and in the second half, the Nittany Lions outscored Northwestern 31-3. Penn State enters the bye at 5-0, but with … Read more

Penn State Football: Manny Diaz the Strongest Link in Nittany Lions’ Chain

Penn State Football, Manny Diaz

His dad was the Mayor of Miami. If this keeps up Penn State Football defensive coordinator Manny Diaz might soon be the Mayor of State College. The inventor of the “Turnover Chain”, when he was the head defensive guru at the University of Miami a few years ago, Diaz may have found his happy place … Read more

3 Players No. 7 Penn State Football Must Stop vs. No. 24 Iowa

Penn State Football, James Franklin

Penn State Football hosts its first-ranked opponent this Saturday, the No.24 Iowa Hawkeyes. It will be a big test for the Nittany Lions. Iowa comes into the game 3-0, and they will be playing without their top two running backs, Kaleb Johnson and Jaziun Patterson. Also, the Hawkeyes will be without leading receiver tight end … Read more

Penn State Football Defense Flexes Muscle in Win Over Illinois | 3 Things We Learned

Penn State Football

If you thought Penn State Football winning 30-13 over Illinois on Saturday was a bit of a “tough watch” you’d be right.  But, if you thought the Lions’ first victory on the road this season was a “beautiful win” like head coach James Franklin did, you’d also be correct. Just like on Sundays in the … Read more

No. 7 Penn State Football vs. Illinois: 2 Reasons for Confidence, 1 to Worry vs. Illini

Penn State Football, Nick Singleton

No. 7 Penn State Football is flying high into their Week 3 matchup with Illinois at Memorial Stadium. The Nittany Lions have gotten off to a fast start and are squarely in the top-10 rankings and early-season CFP conversations. PSU blew out Delaware 63-7 last week in a rout that was never really close. Penn … Read more

Penn State Football Must Fix Glaring Liability on Defense

Penn State Football, Manny Diaz

They’re just kids, but sometimes you have to just call it how you see it. Penn State Football defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has put together one of the best defenses in the country in State College, allowing only 22 points through the first two games of the season. This was a unit that was elite … Read more

3 Things Penn State Football Must Fix Before Facing Delaware

Penn State Football

Penn State Football earned a comfortable win over West Virginia Saturday night in Drew Allar’s debut as the Nittany Lions‘ starting quarterback. While Allar and the offense put up 38 points in a resounding win, there were plenty of mistakes and miscues to clean up moving forward for Penn State. 3 things Penn State must … Read more