STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State disciplined 10 football
players for their roles in an off-campus fight in which at least
two people were hurt.
The university confirmed Monday that four players were temporary
expelled from July 1 through the end of the summer semester in
mid-August for their roles in the April 1 fight.
Players' names were not released due to federal confidentiality
laws, Penn State spokesman Bill Mahon said.
Defense attorneys, however, have identified the four as safety Anthony Scirrotto, defensive lineman Chris Baker, linebacker Jerome Hayes and cornerback Lydell Sargeant. The attorneys said last week that their clients had been expelled for Penn State's second summer session but would be able to participate when preseason practice begins in early August.
The discipline is separate from any punishment coach Joe Paterno
might dole out. Paterno has already ordered the entire team to
perform community service this summer and clean out Beaver Stadium
after each home game this fall.
Lawyers for the four players said their clients would be
eligible to play when the regular season begins Sept. 1 against
The four students temporarily expelled by the university would
be eligible to return for the fall semester as long as they
complete counseling and community service, the school said. They
will be on permanent probation until they graduate.
Of the six remaining players, two were put on permanent
probation and ordered to take counseling, while the remaining four
were put on probation for a year. Each must complete community
The fates of Scirrotto and Baker might be decided by the time
the season begins. Their trial on charges including burglary,
criminal trespass, simple assault and harassment in connection with
the fight is scheduled to start in August.
In a court filing last week, Scirrotto's attorney, Ronald
McGlaughlin, asked a judge to dismiss the case against the safety
because of a lack of evidence.
A judge dismissed charges against Hayes, Sargeant and linebacker
Tyrell Sales during a preliminary hearing in May, and a prosecutor
dropped charges against star cornerback Justin King just before
that same hearing.
Scirrotto emerged in the secondary to lead the Big Ten last year
with six interceptions as a sophomore. Baker has been a backup, but
could see more playing time this season on a young defensive line.