Penn State's McGloin says scuffle was his fault
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin said today his scuffle with wide receiver Curtis Drake lasted 10 seconds.
McGloin said he and Drake were jawing on the practice field Saturday and the argument carried over to the locker room.
Punches were exchanged, McGloin said, and he slipped and hit his head on the concrete floor at the Lasch Football Building.
McGloin, a redshirt junior, said he suffered a seizure and a concussion "after being knocked unconscious."
"The next thing I remember is waking up on a stretcher," he said, "and going to the hospital."
McGloin, who started the final five games after replacing sophomore Rob Bolden, was taken to nearby Mount Nittany Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
McGloin addressed reporters this morning at Penn State's bowl media day for the first time since the incident.
"I'm willing to take full responsibility -- it was my fault," he said. "I started it, but as a quarterback for this university, I should be held to a higher standard. It should not have happened. I should've walked away from it.
"It was just two guys who are emotional about the game, who got into an argument."
McGloin, who failed a concussion test Sunday, said he has not spoken to Drake since the incident. Drake did not practice today and was not made available to talk to reporters. McGloin also has not been cleared to practice for the Jan. 2 TicketCity Bowl in Dallas.
Interim coach Tom Bradley said today that McGloin and Drake "will face internal discipline," and Bradley said he would not name a starting quarterback prior to the bowl game.
Penn State police and the school's Office of Judicial Affairs is investigating and will report the results as it would for any other student involved in an incident on campus.
In addition, Bradley said Bolden "was involved in a prank gone awry," but it won't affect his playing time.
According to a court document released today, Bolden was cited for retail theft by university police Friday for taking a bottle of Gatorade from a convenience store on campus.
Bradley also said redshirt freshman quarterback Paul Jones will be able to play in the bowl game if his grade-point average is above 2.0.
In other news, a school spokesman said former head coach Joe Paterno, who turns 85 on Wednesday, was released from the hospital Sunday, where he had been treated for a broken pelvis. He continues to undergo treatment for lung cancer.
First Published December 19, 2011 12:00 am