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Sunday, July 22, 2012
Penn State players still supporting program

By Adam Rittenberg

Penn State's specific penalties won't be known officially until Monday, but the consensus is that the NCAA will come down hard on the Nittany Lions football program.

As is the case with NCAA penalties, players who had nothing to do with the problems that occurred are the ones most directly impacted. Although most initial media reports, including one from colleague Joe Schad, indicate Penn State won't receive the so-called "death penalty," other penalties such as a postseason ban and scholarship losses are very real. Penn State might be playing football every season, but what the program looks like remains a giant question mark.

There likely will be significant fallout both with the current roster and with recruits, as some players likely will look to play elsewhere.

Several Penn State players have reacted to Sunday's news on Twitter. Not surprisingly, they remain firmly behind their program.

Here are a few tweets:  

Quarterback Matthew McGloin:

The hotter the fire, the stronger the steel.

— Matt McGloin (@McGloinQB11) July 22, 2012

Offensive tackle Donovan Smith:

Stop asking if im transferring im staying at PSU no matter what I love my school #WeAre

— Donovan Smith (@PSU_Smith_76) July 22, 2012

Tight end Garry Gilliam:

No matter what happens I'm staying at Penn State ...

— Garry Gilliam " (@GarryGilliam89) July 22, 2012

The people saying this is more than football, are the same people wanting a death penalty, thus making it about football again, really?

— Garry Gilliam " (@GarryGilliam89) July 22, 2012

Linebacker Khairi Fortt tweeted about not talking to the media, while cornerback Adrian Amos added, "I am confused to what lessons we are learning from this."

Lot of confusion in Happy Valley right now. We should get plenty of answers in the coming day.