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Penn State Football: McGloin Expects to Play in Bowl; Bolden's Playing Status Not Affected Following Citation

by on December 19, 2011 11:32 AM

Penn State starting quarterback Matt McGloin expects to play in the Jan. 2 TicketCity Bowl after he suffered a seizure and concussion-like symptoms following a post-practice scuffle with teammate Curtis Drake on Saturday.

If it happens, though, remains to be seen.

Interim coach Tom Bradley said McGloin has not been cleared to practice and is considered day-to-day. He will undergo more concussion tests this week at school and back home. McGloin said a prior test result indicated he checked out OK with basic mental functions but is still struggling with physical functions such as balance and vision.

Additionally, back-up quarterback Rob Bolden's playing status for the bowl game will not be affected after he stole a $2 bottle of Gatorade on Friday as a prank, Bradley said, adding some internal discipline for all three players is likely.

Bolden was cited Monday for retail theft, according to court documents. The Penn State football website FightOnState.com first reported Saturday night that Bolden was dealing with a minor legal issue. Bolden took first-team reps at Monday's practice, which was open to the media.

About 7 p.m. Friday, Bolden took the Gatorade and two bags of chips from Pollock Commons, according to the citation filed with District Judge Carmine Prestia's office. The items together were priced at $5.17, the citation notes.

Bolden is facing a fine, related court costs and restitution that together will cost $293.67, according to the citation.

Back at Holuba Hall, where Penn State held its bowl media day Monday, McGloin took full responsibility for the locker-room scuffle that ended with McGloin being hospitalized at Mount Nittany Medical Center and the involvement of the campus police and the university's office of judicial affairs.

"As a quarterback for this university I feel as if I'm held to a higher standard," McGloin said. "I feel as if I'm a role model for younger kids. Coaches look at me to lead this team. I'm man enough to say I'm gonna take responsibility for it. It was my fault. It shouldn’t have happened. With everything going on with this university right now, we don’t need another distraction.

"It was immature," McGloin added. "The incident was ill-timed. To put Coach Bradley in this position, the man’s been through enough. My heart breaks for him, and we’re gonna do the best we can to try to fix this."

The fight carried into the locker room after McGloin and Drake got into a shouting match during a passing drill.

"As [Drake] came over toward me I couldn’t back away," McGloin said. "We just grabbed each other. It didn't last more than 10 seconds."

Interlocked with each other, their momentum carried them to the ground. McGloin's left shoulder hit the thin carpeting first, leaving a bruise, and his head snapped back and hit the ground. He called it a freak accident.

"That's the last thing I remember," McGloin said. "The last thing I remember is waking up on the stretcher."

McGloin said he has not yet gotten a chance to make amends with Drake. The two have tried calling and texting each other, but McGloin was busy meeting with doctors on Sunday, he said. Drake was not made available to reporters Monday.

"It wont be a long conversation," McGloin said. "We’ll laugh it off, be like, 'Hey man it happens. It was a freak accident, what are you gonna do?' "

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Nate Mink covers Penn State football and news for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @MinkNate.
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