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JoePa: Bowman won't face more penalties

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

CHICAGO -- Penn State head coach Joe Paterno indicated Tuesday that junior linebacker Navorro Bowman won't face further penalties from the team after having his probation revoked and reinstituted last month.

Bowman, originally on probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct, received a year of probation April 22 after admitting to smoking marijuana once between late December and late April. He also must perform 100 hours of community service, a portion of which he might have already completed.

Paterno has met with Bowman, a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2008 who led Penn State with 106 tackles and 16.5 tackles for loss. The coach said Bowman had completed some of his community service working alongside Paterno's wife, Sue, with the Special Olympics, but there was no record of what he'd done.

"Now he's got a probationary officer who he's got to report to," Paterno said. "I said, 'You mind your p's and q's and you're fine.'"

Asked if Bowman would practice and play without any further penalties from the team, Paterno nodded. Paterno brought up the fact that Bowman has struggled with the passing of his father last summer.

Under the terms of his new probation, Bowman must submit to monthly drug and alcohol testing and cooperate with any recommended counseling. A judge told the Nittany Lions junior that any violation of the probation would result in six months of jail time.

"I think he's OK," Paterno said. "He's got to do what they tell him, but I think he's OK."