Penn State’s quarterback issues have now extended beyond the playing field. Following Saturday’s scuffle between quarterback Matt McGloin and wide receiver Curtis Drake that resulted in McGloin being hospitalized, there is now a report that the Nittany Lions’ other QB, Rob Bolden, is in some trouble of another kind.
FightOnState.com reported, citing sources within the program, that Bolden was dealing with what is considered to be an unknown “minor” legal issue stemming from an off-field incident Friday evening. Interim coach Tom Bradley elaborated that the “incident” was retail theft involving an unopened bottle of Gatorade.
So, yeah. Bolden stole a Gatorade and then returned it.
Bolden practiced with the team Saturday and participated in a meeting later that day. More importantly, he managed to avoid random flying fists and maintained consciousness throughout the day.
Bolden’s theft won’t prevent him from playing in the TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 2, but McGloin’s incident puts some stress on Penn State’s QB situation. McGloin said today he hopes to pass concussion tests and play in the bowl. Freshman Paul Jones has been academically ineligible for all of 2011 and his playing status for the bowl is to be determined.Kevin Newsome transferred from the program before the start of the season.
If either Bolden or McGloin can’t play in the bowl, walk-on Shane McGregor could see increased playing time.