Friday, February 8, 2008
Penn State receiver Bell, defensive tackle Taylor kicked off team
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State receiver Chris Bell and
defensive tackle Phillip Taylor were suspended from the team, the
latest players facing disciplinary issues in a turbulent year off
the field for the Nittany Lions.
Bell and Taylor are "not participating with the team until such
time that their academic situation improves and any off-the-field
issues are behind them," the athletic department said Friday.
The sophomores were mentioned but not charged in a criminal
complaint last year concerning a fight during a fraternity party at
the student union. Authorities said one man was beat up and treated
at the scene.
Two other players are awaiting trial on felony assault and other
charges in the Oct. 7 fight. Defensive tackle Chris Baker and
backup linebacker Navorro Bowman were kicked off the team last
month, at least temporarily.
A third player, cornerback Knowledge Timmons, was charged with
misdemeanor disorderly conduct and defiant trespass stemming from
an incident after the fight. He has also been kicked off the team,
but could return.
Authorities had left open the possibility of more charges after
the initial arrests. Centre County Assistant District Attorney
Steve Sloane said Friday that charges against at least one more
suspect could be filed next week.
Bell started the first two games of the 2007 season but overall
saw little playing time, catching seven passes for 143 yards.
Taylor started the last five games of the season and finished with
20 tackles and three sacks.