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Guard Brendan Mahon, who missed the Georgia State game for undisclosed reasons, is expected to return against Iowa.

Penn State hopes to have it made in the shade against Iowa, which has ambushed the Lions before

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Color their world

Penn State coach James Franklin, quoted by Fightonstate.com (among others), called it “a really, really nice gesture” on Iowa’s part that the visiting locker room in Kinnick Stadium has long been painted pink. That’s because the Nittany Lions, who open Big Ten play at Kinnick on Saturday night, once had that shade as one of their school colors.

Fightonstate.com notes an SI.com story from two years ago saying that former Hawkeyes coach Hayden Fry, who earned a Masters in psychology from Baylor, apparently once read that pink has a calming effect on people. So upon arriving at Iowa in 1979, he had the visitors’ digs painted that color.

During a 2005 renovation, everything else was changed over to that hue – even the urinals.

“I don’t think the pink locker room has any effect,” defensive end Shareef Miller said during a conference call with reporters Tuesday, according to FOS. “I don’t think guys worry too much about that.”

Where Penn State is concerned, an upsetting history

David Jones of Pennlive.com points out that the Hawkeyes have a long history of playing spoiler against the Nittany Lions, the best example of that being Iowa’s 24-23 victory over Penn State in 2008. The Lions entered the game unbeaten and ranked third in the country, and were 7-point favorites. Didn’t matter.

Cam Brown, Brendan Mahon expected back

Guard Brendan Mahon and linebacker Cam Brown, neither of whom played in the 56-0 rout of Georgia State last week for undisclosed reasons, are both expected back against Iowa, writes John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times. The status of defensive end Torrence Brown, who was carted off after appearing to injure his right knee against the Panthers, is less clear. Franklin does not discuss injuries, but during his weekly news conference Tuesday said he would know more about Brown later in the week.

Brandon Polk on the rise

Jack R. Hirsh of the Daily Collegian profiles wide receiver Brandon Polk, one of two players who appeared after Franklin in the Beaver Stadium media room Tuesday. (Linebacker Brandon Smith was the other.) Polk, who missed most of last season with an undisclosed injury, caught a touchdown pass Saturday from Trace McSorley, who was also his teammate at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, Va. In addition, Polk hustled to make a downfield block on Saquon Barkley’s sparkling 85-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter.

Hockey matters, part 1

Penn State men’s hockey coach Guy Gadowsky sat down for an interview with the Big Ten Network, and among other topics discussed the 2016 conference championship. “Certainly you want to shoot for that,” he said, “but for that to happen so quickly, I think it caught everybody off-guard. So it was a lot of fun.” Here’s a tweet with video of the entire interview.

Hockey matters, part 2

The Buffalo Sabres beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime, in an NHL exhibition game Tuesday night in Penn State’s Pegula Ice Arena. Audrey Snyder of DKPittsburghsports.com tweeted out some video of the affair.

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