Speaking extensively for the first time since the scandal at his state’s largest university broke, Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett told reporters Thursday that he supported Penn State’s firing of head coach Joe Paterno and president Graham Spanier late Wednesday night.
“Their actions caused me to not have confidence in their ability to continue to lead,” Corbett said.
Prior to taking office in January, Corbett was the state’s attorney general. His office opened the investigation into Jerry Sandusky that resulted in the former Nittany Lions defensive coordinator being indicted by a grand jury on 40 counts of sexual abuse of minors.
“Certainly every Pennsylvanian who has any knowledge of this case, who has read the grand jury report, feels a sense of regret and a sorrow to also see careers end,” Corbett said. “But, we must keep in mind that when it comes to the safety of children, there can be no margin of error, no hesitation to act.”
Corbett also addressed the riots that took place on campus following Paterno’s firing.
Thousands of students gathered downtown late last night and torn down lamp posts, signs and flipped a television news van. Because of the scenes he witnessed on TV, a Nebraska regent expressed concern today for the safety of the Cornhuskers football program Saturday; Penn State plays Nebraska in the Nittany Lions’ home finale.
Corbett called for calm among the student body in the hopes that what happened last night won’t be repeated Saturday.
“I believe in your right of assembly and your right to express your opinions,” Corbett said. “I do not believe, nor does anyone believe, in your right to violence.”
Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.
Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.
“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”
Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.
You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season? Watch lists are being whittled.
The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior. The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.
The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten. The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).
Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah