Penn State Notebook: Marketing group cans T-shirt mocking Pryor

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A T-shirt mocking Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been sacked after Penn State students and alumni complained that the design does not reflect the school's values.

The $10 T-shirt had been scheduled to be on sale today at the student union but no longer will be sold.

A creation of the Penn State Marketing Association, the T-shirt featured the Nittany Lions mascot handing a tissue to Pryor with the words "The Nutcracker: a Terrelle Cryer Story" printed underneath. The marketing organization is affiliated with the university.

"We did not intend for this shirt to offend Terrelle Pryor, The Ohio State University, or Penn State Athletics, and we apologize for any offense it caused," Dan Sturman, PSMA's chief executive director, said in a statement yesterday.

"We share in Penn State's commitment to a strong tradition of sportsmanship, honor and integrity, and understand that this shirt design does not align with these values. The Penn State Marketing Association is recalling all shirts and will dispose of them accordingly."

Award nominees

Penn State coach Joe Paterno and redshirt junior outside linebacker Navorro Bowman have been selected as semifinalists for two awards presented by the Maxwell Football Club.

Paterno, who has a career record of 391-128-3, is among the 15 nominees for coach of the year honors. He previously was selected as the George Munger Award recipient in 2005.

Bowman is one of 16 players under consideration for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the top defensive player in the country.

The Lions have had four Bednarik Award winners in the past 10 years. Dan Connor won in 2007, Paul Posluszny in '06 and '05, and LaVar Arrington in 1999.

Bowman ranks second on the team in tackles (53) and third in tackles for loss (9). He also has a sack, an interception and two fumble recoveries.

Academic honors

Four Lions have been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District football team -- the second-most selections among Division I-A teams.

The honorees are middle linebacker Josh Hull, long snapper Andrew Pitz, punter Jeremy Boone and center Stefen Wisniewski, who is from Central Catholic High School.

Ron Musselman can be reached at . First Published November 6, 2009 5:00 AM


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