Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Penn State's problems continue

What quarterback controversy? Suddenly field matters have moved to the back page after four players were allegedly involved in a marijuana investigation and coach Joe Paterno suspended three and dismissed another -- for an unrelated incident -- yesterday. I was supposed to have a feature on Josh Hull and the linebackers today as the Lions prepare for Oregon State, but that story was held in deference to yesterday's news. That's just one example of how any negative news on the team off-the-field takes away from the product on the field. Here's this morning's story on the fallout, with a few more holes filled in, such as why Evans and Koroma were suspended even though they were supposedly not at the apartment during the police search. I'll be back later with my Penn State-Oregon State prediction. But right now a better guess might be whether the players can stay out of trouble until tomorrow's 3:30 p.m. kickoff.

Penn State's problems continue

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What quarterback controversy? Suddenly field matters have moved to the back page after four players were allegedly involved in a marijuana investigation and coach Joe Paterno suspended three and dismissed another -- for an unrelated incident -- yesterday. I was supposed to have a feature on Josh Hull and the linebackers today as the Lions prepare for Oregon State, but that story was held in deference to yesterday's news. That's just one example of how any negative news on the team off-the-field takes away from the product on the field. Here's this morning's story on the fallout, with a few more holes filled in, such as why Evans and Koroma were suspended even though they were supposedly not at the apartment during the police search. I'll be back later with my Penn State-Oregon State prediction. But right now a better guess might be whether the players can stay out of trouble until tomorrow's 3:30 p.m. kickoff.

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season will be Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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