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Dome disappointment

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — The curse of Cedar Falls is still haunting the Youngstown State football team. With Halloween coming, the 17th-ranked Penguins better hope things don’t get any scarier. YSU lost its first game of the season — their 10th straight at the UNI-Dome — as No. 13 ...

Pedersen ready to lend Penguins a hand

YOUNGSTOWN — Olamide Pedersen stood on the sidelines at Monday’s practice, clapping for his teammates. He asked Youngstown State University coach Jerrod Calhoun if he could take some live action. The men’s basketball coach gave the 6-foot-9 sophomore forward a resounding no. The ...

Scouting Report: Week 5

In the words of Youngstown State football coach Bo Pelini, “The preseason is over.” The unbeaten Penguins begin Missouri Valley Football Conference play with arguably their biggest test to date: a top-25 matchup with Northern Iowa. The 17th-ranked Penguins have been mostly dominant ...

YSU hopes prep equals success at N. Iowa

YOUNGSTOWN — It would seem obvious that the Youngstown State football team is confident heading into its Missouri Valley Football Conference opener. The Penguins are 4-0 and have won every game by at least 20 points. They are now ranked as high as No. 17 in the country, and the balance ...

Pelini is pleased

YOUNGSTOWN — Even Bo Pelini couldn’t be mad after this game. The fiery coach of the Youngstown State football team even cracked a joke about the Penguins’ lone penalty of the game. YSU looked good enough during a 45-10 victory over Robert Morris that even the testy Pelini could relax ...

Scouting Report: Week 4

The team that appeared to be the easiest one on Youngstown State’s schedule last year wound up shocking the Penguins at home. Fans will see if YSU learned from that loss on Saturday. Looking for their first 4-0 start since 2012, the 20th-ranked Penguins host Robert Morris (1-3) at 6 ...

Pelini seeks perfection from Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN — Bo Pelini admits it’s hard to bring a smile to his face when he’s discussing his Youngstown State football team. It’s nothing against the Penguins. He’s thrilled 20th-ranked YSU is 3-0 and looking more like a playoff contender each week. Just don’t expect him to show ...

Defensive-minded Faulkner with YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Ethan Faulkner remembers it. Frankly, it’ll always be embedded in his memory. The Kentucky High School state basketball championship. One division. Take on all comers. Sound familiar? It should. The ‘Hoosiers’ movie from the mid-1980s did its fictitious take of the ...

Pair of doubleheaders on YSU schedule

YOUNGSTOWN — Canisius and Thiel on Nov. 5. Lake Erie College and Binghamton on Dec. 18. Two Youngstown State University women’s and men’s basketball doubleheaders. It’s something YSU men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun has circled on his calendar. “I’ve been a big ...

YSU ‘grit’ campaign has its positives

YOUNGSTOWN — A little lumberjack, a little grit and maybe even a little swag. That’s the best way to describe the new sideline props of the Youngstown State football team, and if that doesn’t also accurately depict the Mahoning Valley, I don’t know what does. Maybe you caught a ...