Penn State football, basketball players cited for fracas

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Two Penn State football players and two basketball players have been cited for disorderly conduct for a fight that took place last month.

According to a State College police report, wide receiver Curtis Drake and cornerback Derrick Thomas were involved in the Feb. 26 fight at Cedarbrook Apartments.

Basketball players Tre Bowman and Taran Buie each face a summary offense for allegedly participating in the fight.

Penn State student Christopher Felter also was charged, along with non-students Craig Price and Bryan Price.

Lt. Keith Robb said alcohol was believed to be involved in the incident, although those cited weren't charged with alcohol-related offenses.

The fight came during the "State Patty's Day" festivities in State College. Some Penn State students created State Patty's Day in 2007 -- a day noted for raucous parties -- because St. Patrick's Day fell during the university's spring break. The event is not sanctioned by the university or town.

Drake, a redshirt sophomore, recently fractured his left tibia for the second time in seven months and will miss the rest of spring drills. He also sat out the 2010 season.

Drake also was cited this past summer for his involvement in a fight with Buie, a freshman who was suspended from the basketball team in December.

Thomas, a redshirt sophomore who has been practicing this spring, was suspended the final nine games last season for an undisclosed reason.


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