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Penn State CB leaves team citing personal reasons

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Already dealing with the loss of Curtis Drake because of academic issues, Penn State’s secondary has once again taken another hit to its depth chart.

A school spokesperson confirmed to The Patriot-News that fellow cornerback Derrick Thomas has left the program for personal reasons. The move leaves the Nittany Lions painfully thin in the secondary as Thomas was expected to compete for one of the starting corner positions this fall.

Sophomore Adrian Amos should have control of that position given this most recent news.

Thomas appeared in 10 games last season, but did not make the trip to PSU’s TicketCity Bowl appearance against Houston.

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17 Responses to “Penn State CB leaves team citing personal reasons”
  1. dkhhuey says: Jul 1, 2012 2:14 PM

    Given the most recent articles regarding the Sandusky coverup – I don’t think this will be the last story of players leaving PSU.

  2. duanethomas says: Jul 1, 2012 2:44 PM

    Probably left because its an unsafe environment there, Sandusky just got convicted.

  3. greej1938l says: Jul 1, 2012 3:15 PM

    Penn state is such a joke.

  4. steeler1nation says: Jul 1, 2012 5:21 PM

    when does the self-imposed “death penalty” take place? this program needs put down for about 5 years, if for nothing else – a gesture of respect to the victims. There are more important things in life, than a mediocre football program.

  5. 11thstreetmafia says: Jul 1, 2012 5:32 PM

    Can the NCAA grant special circumstances for transfer due to the Sandusky issue. They granted some USC guys transfer w/o sitting for the Reggie bush sanctions.

  6. buckeye94 says: Jul 1, 2012 6:09 PM

    I’d be leaving too!

  7. stoutfiles says: Jul 1, 2012 6:11 PM

    How come we aren’t getting an article about Joe Paterno COVERING UP the Sandusky acts years ago? These new emails are all breaking news.

  8. yeti47 says: Jul 1, 2012 7:05 PM

    Amos will cover the spot just well. Penn State up to number 10 in recruiting for 2013.

  9. azpackerbacker says: Jul 1, 2012 10:11 PM

    This is by far the most blatant act of “Lack of Institutional Control” we have yet to see. Why the NCAA isn’t fast tracking an investigation is beyond preposterous.

  10. dhlions says: Jul 2, 2012 10:17 AM

    I know that given the context of this website, the NCAA seems like the perfect governing body. However when something of this magnitude occurs its a little beyond the scope of the NCAA, and rightfully so. The NCAA is a joke anyway.

  11. stairwayto7 says: Jul 2, 2012 10:23 AM

    Pay the victims $10 million and move on!

  12. dhlions says: Jul 2, 2012 10:45 AM

    I think PSU will wipe the sweat off its collective brow if the lawsuits total just $10 million.

  13. steeler1nation says: Jul 2, 2012 11:10 AM

    “stairwayto7 says:Jul 2, 2012 10:23 AM

    Pay the victims $10 million and move on!”

    *******
    @ “stairwayto7″ …

    well, that sure sounds like the “Penn State way” of doing things. Pay them off! Cover it up! After all, a lot of this was about money to begin with anyways! (That, and the precious, ‘holier than thou art’ image, & the (phony) Joe Pa legacy).
    A simple pay-off to the victims is NOT enough!
    PSU has committed THE worst crimes & covered up THE biggest scandal in the history of sports. Disgusting. A lot of the public will not be satisfied with that either.
    If PSU had any brains or heart left – they’d self impose a “death penalty” themself. As a GESTURE OF RESPECT! to the victims they threw under the bus for over a decade — put this program down for 5 years.

  14. dhlions says: Jul 2, 2012 11:19 AM

    @ Steelernation

    What would that do, aside from punish current student athletes and aspiring coaches? In a case like this you want to mitigate the effects, not exacerbate them.

  15. steeler1nation says: Jul 2, 2012 11:25 AM

    @ dhlions:
    it would be a sign of RESPECT to the victims, that PSU needs to do. They were in a big hurry to hire a new staff & a PR firm for their IMAGE…within a few weeks of this story breaking! Something monumental NEEDS to be done. For PSU, too. It’s better for them long-term.
    As for it would “punish current student athletes and aspiring coaches”….TOUGH! TOO BAD! IT IS WHAT IT IS! When has ANY probation NOT punished the current student-athletes/coaches??? Reggie Bush played about 7, 8 years ago for USC, & NONE of those players on the roster the past 2 years had ANYthing to do with those illegalities by Bush, but yet they were all punished and missed out on 2 bowl games. My point is – when is it EVER fair to the “current” players. It’s not. It never is. Why make an EXCEPTION for PSU, who created the biggest cover-up ever??!????

  16. ebb5000 says: Jul 2, 2012 12:20 PM

    if the article wrote the whole story. he is leaving the team because of grades. as is common with many student athletes. he is still remaining in school at psu. I guess psu should be shut down forever. This is all over a former employee. There is no sign joe made them cover this up or reason to believe he did. All that is mentioned is his name once in a string of emails. So let’s all jump on joe because he’s the only one of the group anyone knew. Spainer and curley had been trying to boot joe for yrs and they probably thought this could be a way. and shut down football for yrs to try and make more victims as possible. football pays for every other sport at psu, so around 26ish. so let’s punish all of those athletes too. so if a former math prof at psu did this would you want to shut down the math dept?

  17. steeler1nation says: Jul 2, 2012 5:24 PM

    @ebb500
    you are DELUSIONAL! …. “there is no sign joe made them cover up…”
    WOW!
    keep driking the kool-aid!
    yes, I said it, and 100% believe — yes – huge sanctions need to take place.
    Big deal – those athletes can transfer.

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