[size=12pt]Paterno tells players to clean up[/size]
Cleaning stadium after games part of coach's discipline plan
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
KING OF PRUSSIA - When Penn State re leased a statement from Joe Paterno regarding the assault and burglary charges against six of his football players involved in a campus brawl April 1, it ended with the promise that the coach would have nothing more to say on the matter until it was fully adjudicated.
Paterno had nothing at all to say about it during Blue-White weekend, days before the police report was released that detailed charges, the most serious against safety Anthony Scirrotto and defensive end Chris Baker.
But he had plenty to say yesterday before a large Philadelphia-area banquet at the Radisson Convention Center. And the words were mostly contrite.
Paterno termed an "embarrassment" the incident, in which Scirrotto and his girlfriend apparently were insulted and allegedly assaulted before the sophomore safety called in the posse on the non-football-playing alleged antagonists.
In Paterno's estimation yesterday, "14 or 15" Nittany Lions players showed up at the apartment of the non-players involved. Sources say the figure was likely triple that when including players who arrived after the incident was over.
That response alone was, Paterno said, enough to warrant his own program of action. He said he will have his entire team help clean up Beaver Stadium every Sunday after home games this season
-- a task usually taken on for pay by PSU club sport athletes who use the money to fund their teams.
This fall, according to Paterno, they won't have to do it; his guys will. And the money will still funnel to club sport coffers:
"We're all going to do it. Everybody. Not just the kids that were involved. 'Cause we're all in it together. This is a team embarrassment. I wouldn't call it anything much other than that."