We finally learned why Penn State players Sean Stanley and Derrick Thomas haven't been suiting up on Saturdays.
Stanley faces charges of misdemeanor marijuana possession, while Thomas, his roommate, was named in a university police search warrant but has not been charged. Both players have missed Penn State's past two games, and coach Joe Paterno didn't elaborate on the reason, citing university policy.
Police charged Stanley on Sept. 27 and received a search warrant the next day.
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
According to court documents, police seized various items from the players' residence at Nittany Apartments during a search last month. They include a marijuana blunt, a marijuana roach, at least two dime bags and an empty can of Four Loko malt beverage. Bags with marijuana stems and seeds and scented candles with marijuana ashes and residue were also seized during the search.
Stanley, a sophomore defensive end, has a preliminary hearing Nov. 17. He has recorded eight tackles, 1.5 for loss, in four games this season, starting one. Thomas, a redshirt freshman cornerback, recorded four tackles, an interception and two pass breakups in four games.