In 2007, as many as two dozen players broke into an off-campus apartment, sparking a melee that captured headlines and prompted the police to file criminal charges against six Penn State football players.
Dr. Triponey's department [Standards and Conduct] began an inquiry.
In a meeting with Messrs. Paterno, and [PSU President Graham] Spanier and others, Dr. Triponey complained that the players were stonewalling her and suggested that Mr. Paterno ought to compel them to be truthful. Mr. Paterno angrily responded that his players couldn't be expected to cooperate with the school's disciplinary process because, in this case, they would have to testify against each other, making it hard to play football together, these people say.
In the end, police dropped many of the charges against the players, and two pleaded guilty to misdemeanors. The school's inquiry led to four players being suspended for a summer semester. They did not miss any games.
Penn State as a crossover game? I’m not that thrilled. PSU is an aging football dynasty with nasty, vulgar fans. When Nebraska traveled to Happy Valley in 2002, "Jersey Shore" broke out in Beaver Stadium.
In my mind, there's a clear top tier in the Big Ten with Ohio State, Iowa and Wisconsin. Then Michigan State and Penn State are below those three, although Penn State concerns me after watching their spring game this weekend.
In light of PSU's 2009 non-con schedule...
"A team that defeats a far inferior team has accomplished nothing." -Rip Engle