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Today Maryland athletics takes an in-depth look at Penn State University.
#ThinkB1G In-Foe-Graphic Series: Penn State
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 06/23/2014

In conjunction with Maryland's historic move to the Big Ten Conference on July 1, Maryland athletics will be taking an in-depth look at its future Big Ten foes. Today we continue the series by profiling Penn State University.

June 2: Illinois; June 4: Indiana; June 6: Iowa; June 9: Michigan; June 11: Michigan State; June 13: Minnesota; June 16: Nebraska; June 18: Northwestern; June 20: Ohio State; June 23: Penn State; June 25: Purdue; June 27: Rutgers; June 30: Wisconsin


About Penn State

Location: University Park, Pa.

Founded: 1855

Enrollment: 45,518

President: Rodney Erickson

Athletic Director: David Joyner


Penn State Athletics

School Colors: Blue and White

Nickname: Nittany Lions

Joined Big Ten Conference: 1990

Football Stadium (capacity): Beaver Stadium (106,572)

Basketball Arena (capacity): Bryce Jordan Center (15,261)

Varsity Teams: 31

Most Successful Sport: Fencing - 13 national titles

First B1G event at Maryland: October 11, 2014 - Field hockey


History

Basketball

• All-time basketball record: 1377-1084-1 (.560)

• Conference Championships: 0

• Head Coach: Patrick Chambers

Football

• All-time football record: 730-370-42** (.658)

• Conference/National Championships: 1*/2

• Head Coach: James Franklin

* 2 Big Ten championships vacated

**112 wins vacated by NCAA


Notable Former Athletes

Basketball: Jesse Arnelle, Talor Battle, Joe Crispin, Calvin Booth, John Amaechi

Football: NaVarro Bowman, Robbie Gould, A.Q. Shipley, Chuck Fusina, Larry Johnson, Kerry Collins, Joe Paterno (coach), Jack Ham, Franco Harris


Notable Alumni

Rick Santorum: politician

Margaret Carlson: journalist -- first female columnist at TIME magazine

Mark Parker: CEO of Nike, Inc.


Fun Fact: "THON"

Short for the Penn State's Pan-Hellenic Dance MaraTHON, THON is one of the biggest weekends throughout the school year and the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. According to the Penn State website, this is a 46-hour dance marathon benefitting The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.

It all started in 1973 when a small group of Penn State students gathered in February for a 'Dance Marathon,' raising over $2000. In 2011, the campus as a whole raised over $9.5 million for the kids.

During "family hour," young patients are inducted into the Four Diamonds Foundation, followed by a sea of bright colors and a warm party atmosphere, which brings the whole Bryce Jordan Center together.




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