STATE COLLEGE -- About 30 Penn State football players say they're staying put despite devastating sanctions levied by the NCAA.
Although convicted former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky wasn't mentioned by name, senior linebacker Michael Mauti said today the program would not be torn down by "one man."
A scathing investigative report found former coach Joe Paterno helped cover up a child sex abuse scandal in which Sandusky was found guilty of molesting 10 boys across 15 years, some on Penn State's campus.
Mauti says "no sanction, no politician" will take away Penn State's accomplishments.
Senior fullback Michael Zordich calls the players "true Penn Staters" who will stick out the sanctions rather than take the option of transferring to another school.
Zordich called on the college community to rally around the team, saying "we need you just as much as you need us."
First Published July 25, 2012 1:30 PM