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Penn State Football Players Past and Present Take to Twitter with NCAA Sanctions Looming

by on July 22, 2012 12:55 PM

Judgment Day is less than 24 hours away.

The NCAA has said it will issue "corrective and punitive measures" against Penn State football Monday. Reports phrased the sanctions as "unprecedented."

Meanwhile, a town, university and football team are left in limbo awaiting NCAA President Mark Emmert's announcement Monday morning at 9 a.m. at the organization's headquarters in Indianapolis.

Several members of the Penn State football family, past and present, have taken to Twitter in reaction to the news Sunday, as well as the removal of former coach Joe Paterno's statue earlier in the day.

(Note: tweets have been cleaned up for grammar errors).

Among them:

Redshirt freshman offensive tackle Donovan Smith: “Stop asking if I'm transferring. I'm staying at PSU no matter what. I love my school.”

Junior linebacker Khairi Fortt: “Four newspapers just called my house asking for me. No comment my friends. No comment!”

Redshirt junior tight end Garry Gilliam: “No matter what happens I'm staying at Penn State ..."

Senior cornerback Stephon Morris: “Once again wtf did my brothers & future Nittany Lion brothers do? No one [is] speaking about the current team. We work too damn hard to not get a chance to fight for what we've been working so hard for. We will continue to work hard and give everything we have. Al Davis used to say, ‘Just win, baby.’ ”

Fifth-year senior quarterback Matt McGloin: "The hotter the fire, the stronger the steel."

Former Penn State cornerback and new elected Board of Trustees member Adam Taliaferro: "Whatever is decided - I hope such decision are made 2 support the victims & promote healing 4 ALL affected-and not to just simply punish PSU."

Former wide receiver Graham Zug (2006-10): “Really hoping the team sticks together and realizes the opportunity they have. They will remember helping PSU for the rest of their lives. They have a huge opportunity to help the community and the school stay the way it should be. The reason they came to PSU will remain.”

Jay Paterno, son of Joe Paterno and team’s former quarterbacks coach: “ ‘A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.’ — John F. Kennedy”

Former quarterback Michael Robinson, who helped engineer an 11-1 season in 2005: "The victims and Penn State community deserve ALL the facts. Not a biased, opinionated report accepted as truth. Freeh was HIRED."

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