A disappointing Rose Bowl isn't quite over for Penn State and its coach, Joe Paterno.
After the Nittany Lions lost to Southern Cal, 38-24, on Jan. 1, the Penn State coach did not allow reporters into the team's postgame locker room -- as is Bowl Championship Series procedure -- and the program could face repercussions.
"The Rose Bowl is disappointed by actions on the part of Penn State with regard to the media that appear to be contrary to Rose Bowl and BCS guidelines," bowl officials said in a statement yesterday. "These issues will be fully explored by the Rose Bowl Management Committee and appropriate actions will be taken within management channels."
According to Rose Bowl spokeswoman Gina Chappin, there is no timeline for a decision. The team could be dealt a fined, however.
While the Rose Bowl is not technically a BCS game, it does follow BCS media guidelines. According to the BCS media guide, locker rooms are required to be open for a minimum of 30 minutes after a postgame cooling-off period ends. Several Penn State players and assistants were made available outside the locker room.
The day after the game, Paterno was asked about it and and said, the possibility of sanctions being levied against the team."I haven't got the slightest idea, and to be honest, I don't care," Paterno said. "There's a limit to how much you can expose your football team."
After the 2006 Orange Bowl, Paterno did not allow reporters into Penn State's postgame locker room, but there weren't any repercussions.The 82-year-old coach also skipped a scheduled pre-Rose Bowl interview with ABC, but spokesman Michael C. Humes, in an e-mail, wrote that the network has "moved on."