While I normally wouldn’t make much of a locker room incident and would typically write it off given the fact that tussles occur nearly every day at football practices, with all that has transpired at the university and with the current state of the football program, this is completely unacceptable. Penn State players and staff need to be out rebuilding the public image, and while there are good deeds being done they are now overshadowed by these negative events. At the end of the day, I would say this all but closes the book on Tom Bradley’s tenure at Penn State. He appears to have lost some degree of control over the players and the recruiting fallout has been worsening by the day. Several marquee recruits have already switched over to Urban Meyer, and it is more evident than ever that a fresh face is needed.
On a side note, backup quarterback Rob Bolden also made headlines this past weekend when he returned an unopened bottle of Gatorade to a local convenience store from which he stole it. Bolden was cited for retail theft but is facing only minor legal issues, and claims that the ordeal was just a small prank. I am not exactly sure what is funny or clever about Bolden’s prank, except for the fact that he did not accidently give the Gatorade away or spill its contents everywhere after he took it.