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Curtis Drake no longer part of the Penn State program

Curtis Drake, Tavon Wilson AP

The naming of a starting quarterback wasn’t the only personnel move being made by first-year head coach Bill O’Brien Monday.

In the middle of last month, a report surfaced that the roller coaster career of wide receiver-turned-cornerback Curtis Drake had taken another downward turn, with rumors swirling that his status as a member of the Nittany Lions was very much up in the air due to academic issues.

That officially came to fruition today as O’Brien announced that Drake is no longer with the team and will not return.  O’Brien did not give a specific reason for Drake’s departure, although the player confirmed to the Philadelphia Inquirer that the dismissal was indeed related to academics.

This move puts a  exclamation point on Drake’s three years in Happy Valley, which included many more downs than ups.  From July of 2010 through December of 2011, the receiver was cited for a fight with a PSU basketball player; suffered a second broken left legcited for a fight that occurred on St. Patrick’s Day; allegedly knocked McGloin out in a post-practice locker room fight; and didn’t travel with the team for its bowl game due to “personal reasons”.

When he was able to actually get on the field, Drake caught 13 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown.  He missed the entire 2010 season due to a broken leg suffered during the first week of preseason practice.

During spring practice, Drake had moved from receiver to corner and had drawn the praise of O’Brien for making a smooth transition.

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2 Responses to “Curtis Drake no longer part of the Penn State program”
  1. thegamecocker says: Jun 2, 2012 8:48 AM

    Curtis Drake:

    Ok son, you made the wrong choice of schools to attend. But, it’s not too late to correct this matter. There is a school in West Georgia called Auburn. At this school, you only leave your room to practice and eat. All of your classes can be taken on-line, in the comfort of your dorm room with assistance from a tutor 24/7! If you lead your team to a Nat’l. Champ., they will put up a statue of YOU! You need not worry about credits earned or graduating, or even HOW TO LEARN! Football is your career and if you are good enough, than you will make it! You see, here at Auburn, we’ve taken the “SCHOLAR” out of SCHOLAR/ATHLETE and just left the “ATHLETE”. If that works for you, you are automatically admitted! And, if your Father happens to be a man of the cloth, his church will receive a nice sum of money!!! Think about it and let them know.

  2. fatfreddystubbs says: Jun 2, 2012 12:04 PM

    There is a school in West Georgia called Auburn.

    Is that some inside and/or regional joke i’m not getting?

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