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Penn State’s backup kicker bolts, too

Sam Ficken AP

After the starting kicker missed four field goals and an extra point in a one-point loss to Virginia last weekend, one would think that the backup would be sitting on a prime piece of roster real estate.

Apparently, that line of thinking would be not exactly accurate.

With his name no longer appearing on the roster, the Centre Daily Times is reporting that kicker/punter Matt Marcincin has decided to leave the team due to personal reasons.  Multiple media outlets subsequently confirmed the redshirt freshman’s departure, while the school later acknowledged the latest player to leave the football program.

Sam Ficken (pictured), he of the five missed kicks Saturday, is the only kicker currently listed on the Nittany Lions’ depth chart.

Marcincin is the second player to leave PSU this week due to personal reasons.  It was reported Tuesday night that wide receiver Shawney Kersey, the Nittany Lions’ leading returning receiver thanks in large part to transfers, was leaving Happy Valley as well.

All told, ESPN.com writes, “Marcincin is the 13th player to depart the program in the wake of the NCAA sanctions levied against the program.”

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28 Responses to “Penn State’s backup kicker bolts, too”
  1. dhc1980 says: Sep 13, 2012 9:33 PM

    As a PSU fan, who cares? If the backup kicker had any talent he would have been in after the third missed field goal. This is not a story worth publishing

  2. John Taylor says: Sep 13, 2012 10:01 PM

    @geo4444: your agenda-driven spam has been deleted. And banned.

    @dhc1980: “who cares” says somebody who took the time to post a comment feigning disinterest.

  3. steeler1nation says: Sep 13, 2012 10:12 PM

    This corrupt university would have been better-served if they would have got the death penalty they should’ve receive.d

  4. klep4psu says: Sep 13, 2012 10:22 PM

    Steeler1Nation – seriously, EVERY article you have to play back the same garbage??? I know there’s not much to do in Pittsburgh but at least go out and play with the other kids for a while.

  5. pike573 says: Sep 13, 2012 11:18 PM

    Just a tough time all around for these kids. I’d like to see them stay but I understand why they would leave.

  6. clemsonstillsucks says: Sep 13, 2012 11:42 PM

    The penaltys are having the desired effect. By the time this is over PSU’s football program will be proud to win a game, let alone run the campus.

    Make no mistake – this is far worse than the death penalty. This is death by lethal injection versus death by hanging. Ultimately there are untold cases of lost childhood innocence to account for, and everyone involved with PSU is going to have to answer for it, right or wrong.

  7. AlohaMrHand says: Sep 14, 2012 7:33 AM

    can’t wait to see a mostly empty Beaver stadium in a couple years as the fans finally wake up and abandon this program.Its a shame the NCAA didnt penalize hem even more.Just try to justify covering up child molestation……

  8. dutchman1350 says: Sep 14, 2012 8:18 AM

    Steeler1Nation – still rooting for a team that has a rapist at QB? How about your Buckeyes, who had Captain convicted of being a pedophile? You’re trash.

  9. mdpickles says: Sep 14, 2012 8:29 AM

    Karma. I hope they don’t win a game for years.

  10. joewilliesshnoz says: Sep 14, 2012 8:44 AM

    Penn St. Football and it’s university, disintegrating before my eyes, now that’s what I call a good day .

  11. polegojim says: Sep 14, 2012 8:44 AM

    @mdpickles… oh yes, KARMA… because those PLAYERS did horrible things, right???

    Sad most of you can’t see the difference between Sandusky, Paterno and the KIDS playing football.

    The KIDS did nothing to deserve what they’re faced with now on the field.

    The discipline WAS warranted, but reveling and delighting in player embarrassment is not.

    That’s like a father ENJOYING his childs misery after a whooping. The pain of discipline is necessary, but a VERY sad result that should not PLEASE anybody.

  12. polegojim says: Sep 14, 2012 8:45 AM

    @joewilly… then you have a VERY sick way of judging a ‘good day’.

  13. joewilliesshnoz says: Sep 14, 2012 8:55 AM

    Yeah Pole, and I hope you have a nice day, supporting a bunch of liars and rats .

  14. floridacock says: Sep 14, 2012 9:58 AM

    Penn State did the right thing by cleansing there program of all the coaches and administrators, top to bottom, who were at the school, involved or not, when this horrible event happened. Don’t believe these kids and the school (not the people but the entity), should be vilified and punished the way they are by the press or you people. The guilty are GONE and hopefully punished!

  15. steeler1nation says: Sep 14, 2012 11:28 AM

    @ DUTCHMAN — keep trying to change the subject all you can, but nothing is worse than a decade-plus long of CHILD RAPES COVERED UP!
    seriously, trying to compare one man who was accused then found NOT GUILTY of “Rape” (by a slut who was trying to just get ca$h), to your disgusting team which is guilty of THE worst scandal cover-up in the history of sports.
    nice try, d-bag

  16. eightysixisback says: Sep 14, 2012 11:59 AM

    @clemsonstillsucks: How does a football program run a campus? It was the PEOPLE who ran the football program that ran the campus. Those people are all gone now. Why should everyone involved with PSU have to answer for it? Before anyone tells me that i just dont get it let me point out that i get it probably more than any of you. There were incidents in my childhood that i dont want to discuss other than to say that i definitely do get it. What i dont get is why so many people are so happy that penn state as a whole is in chaos at this point. I am a psu alumn. There are a whole lot of positive things associated with the university. It isnt just a football team. This has affected the entire university which also affects the entire town of state college. Why is anyone happy about that? How does that help the victims in any way? To those of you that are so happy about what has happened to the university, being happy about this just shows that no matter how many times you say its about the victims for you, it isnt. If it was, there would not be any joy in anything that has happened here.

  17. polegojim says: Sep 14, 2012 12:31 PM

    @ joewilly… nice deflection and avoiding the gist of my comment.

    Please… name one PSU player who is a liar and a rat???

    Give me one good reason you want the players and students to fail and crumble???

  18. dylude says: Sep 14, 2012 1:13 PM

    John Taylor–

    The first poster cares about the media
    concerning Penn State but doesn’t care about your content.

    No need to get sensitive, I think he has a fair point even if he doesn’t want to acknowledge that an avalanche has to start with a few inconsequential vibrations. Your story could be the beginning of a 2nd Penn State avalanche, but the backup kicker story in and of itself is an inconsequential vibration.

    Instead of the back and forth with posters, add a paragraph explaining why this small event could be the beginning of a larger more pernicious or meaningful story.

    A backup kicker leaving a college program is a non-story by itself, it’s the writer’s job in the story to prove otherwise and not make posters feel bad for posting a comment.

  19. dylude says: Sep 14, 2012 1:14 PM

    John Taylor–

    The first poster cares about the media
    concerning Penn State but doesn’t care about your content.

    No need to get sensitive, I think he has a fair point even if he doesn’t want to acknowledge that an avalanche has to start with a few inconsequential vibrations. Your story could be the beginning of a 2nd Penn State avalanche, but the backup kicker story in and of itself is an inconsequential vibration.

    Instead of the back and forth with posters, add a paragraph explaining why this small event could be the beginning of a larger more pernicious or meaningful story.

    A backup kicker leaving a college program is a non-story by itself, it’s the writer’s job in the story to prove otherwise and not make posters feel bad for posting a comment.

    But what do I know, I’m just a measly poster in your eyes.

  20. dannythebisforbeast says: Sep 14, 2012 1:28 PM

    yeah steeler nation so your saying if sandusky paid the victims hush money like Big Rapist does that would have made him NOT GUILTY? What a genius idea. Talk about Penn state people being blinded-your an fn idiot

    Who is this Karma and can he kick field goals?

  21. mogogo1 says: Sep 14, 2012 1:39 PM

    @dylude
    Other than you, I think everybody else is crystal clear on why this is a story. Even without everything else going on around PSU, it’d be news just that a major program was down to a single kicker on the roster two games into the season.

  22. steelers6pack says: Sep 14, 2012 2:32 PM

    Kersey was KICKOFF the team!

  23. dylude says: Sep 14, 2012 3:30 PM

    Mogogo1—

    Are you serious? This is college football. Google Ryan Bailey. Texas was coming off a national championship (so had much more expectations than PSU) and used a walk on kicker to have MULTIPLE double digit win seasons.

    Go scout the intramural soccer team at Penn State to find a BACKUP kicker. Lol.

    My point isn’t to say this story has no point (even though that clild be said). Rather, my point was if a poster doesn’t see the importance of a story, maybe the WRITER should take note instead of mocking. That’s what a true professional and “journalist” does.

    That point clearly went over your head Mogogo1.

  24. mogogo1 says: Sep 14, 2012 7:34 PM

    @dylude

    This is a blog on college football that gets tons of updates per day–big news, little news, hardly-qualifies-as-news…if it’s even remotely related to college football it gets on here. If the reader doesn’t like the blog, he doesn’t have to read the blog. But if the college football blog writer needs to answer for posting about college football, I guess we should also question why the bagger at the grocery store keeps putting all those items into bags, too.

    And speaking of things going over people’s heads: You decry the writer mocking a poster then instantly take to mocking other posters? Thanks for playing.

  25. psunick says: Sep 15, 2012 3:10 PM

    Hey John…while you’re at it, please kick off steelernation, and all of the other trolls who hate Penn State.

    These Penn State threads should only be commented on by real PSU fans. Those of us who -

    - denounce the Freeh Report

    - think Joe got screwed over

    - hate the NCAA

    - consider OURSELVES the true victims

    - believe our football team is on a saintly mission

    The rest of you: please STFU, and get the hell out of here.

  26. 2ndaryinsanity says: Sep 15, 2012 6:02 PM

    @psunick….your comments perfectly illustrate why so many are happy the Penn State football team was so severely punished. Far too many current and former Penn State students continue to defend the actions of university officials who allowed a pedophile to continue raping children. Children being molested was covered up in order to protect the football program, so it is fitting that the football program is in tatters. Do I feel bad for the football players? Yes. But I feel worse for the children Sandusky raped. Each player had the option to transfer to another school. The ones who decided to stay knew it would be like this.

  27. waynefontes says: Sep 19, 2012 7:28 AM

    psunick says:
    Sep 15, 2012 3:10 PM
    Hey John…while you’re at it, please kick off steelernation, and all of the other trolls who hate Penn State.

    These Penn State threads should only be commented on by real PSU fans. Those of us who -

    - consider OURSELVES the true victims

    ————————————————–

    If you think that PSU fans are the true victims, you’re worse (and more pathetic) than any troll I’ve ever seen.

  28. chiefagc5675 says: Sep 19, 2012 12:23 PM

    Someone asked why so many people seemed to enjoy the football team being punished when they were not involved in this. Well most football fans are lacking brain matter- they cheer when someone on the other team gets hurt- fan is short for fanatic and that is not a good thing. The Penn State football team was not involved in Sandusky’s crimes but the wussey rednecks on the NCAA board have always hated Joe Paterno and went into a feeding frenzy when they got a chance to nail him. They hated that his players graduated while the SEC thugs played out their eligibility- if they didn’t get caught- then as Sophomores or Juniors left for the NFL or a janitor job someplace.

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