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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Rose Bowl to address Penn State violations

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

The Rose Bowl issued a statement Tuesday regarding two violations by Penn State at last year's game against USC. Not sure why it's taken nearly four months to acknowledge these issues, but here's the full statement from Rose Bowl Director of Media Gina Chappin:

At the Rose Bowl Game held on January 1, 2009, Penn State University failed to comply with certain media rules established by the Tournament of Roses for its Rose Bowl Games. There were two non-compliance matters. One involved the failure to conduct a pregame interview with the game broadcaster, as required by contract. The other involved the failure to open its locker room to the media following the game, as required by BCS rules. In response, the Tournament of Roses met and discussed this matter with the members of the Rose Bowl Management Committee [RBMC]. Based on these discussions, the RBMC determined that these violations had occurred, and then approved appropriate responsive actions. These matters will be addressed by the Tournament of Roses with Penn State. Details of those actions will remain private.  

I'm not sure what "responsive actions" will be taken, though I highly doubt the Rose Bowl will pass on a chance to land Penn State if, say, another Big Ten team reaches the BCS title game, which also happens to be held in Pasadena this year. Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno opposes locker-room access for female reporters, so Penn State brought players outside to be interviewed. 

The Big Ten certainly didn't endear itself to BCS media officials this year, with Penn State's violations and Ohio State's refusal to bring quarterback Terrelle Pryor to Fiesta Bowl media day. The Carlisle Sentinel's Eric Thomas also recalls how Ohio State didn't bring linebacker James Laurinaitis or quarterback Todd Boeckman to assigned media days for the 2008 BCS title games. 

It's one thing to hurt your credibility by losing on the field, but the Big Ten's isn't winning many points by not complying with the rules governing all teams at BCS games.