|Paterno Benches Three for Oregon State|
Evans, Koroma and Quarless will not play this weekend as off-field issue sorts itself out. The coach added that defensive back Willie Harriott has been dismissed from the team.
Penn State football coach Joe Paterno reclaimed a portion of the all-time major-college football win record last weekend, as the Nittany Lions' 66-10 thrashing of Coastal Carolina marked the 373rd victory of his career.
That tied Paterno with Florida State's Bobby Bowden atop the wins' list. But the 81-year-old Paterno had little time to savor the accomplishment.
Tuesday night, a campus police search turned up a small amount of marijuana in an on-campus apartment where four Penn State football players live. While charges had yet to be filed as of this writing, Paterno held all four players — defensive end Maurice Evans, defensive tackle Abe Koroma, tight end Andrew Quarless and defensive back A.J. Wallace — out of practice Wednesday.
Thursday evening, Paterno appeared on his weekly call-in radio show and said Evans, Koroma and Quarless will not play against Oregon State this week.
The 19th-ranked Nittany Lions play host to the Beavers at Beaver Stadium Saturday.
"If they did something as dumb as it appears they did — and I'm not sure if they did or didn't — even being close to that kind of thing, I'm not gonna play any one of those kids this week, Paterno said. He also said he will re-evaluate the situation next week when he gets more facts.
Paterno said Wallace will play against Oregon State: Wallace was not part of that.
Sources say Wallace practiced Thursday but Evans, Koroma and Quarless did not.
Evans and Koroma are both starters. Quarless is a second-team with significant starting experience.
In related news, Paterno said cornerback Willie Harriott has been kicked off the team for unspecified reasons.
I was hoping Harriott would come along, but Willie got himself into a jam, Paterno said.
He added that with Harriott out, true freshman D'Anton Lynn will come out of a redshirt.
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