It's been quiet lately, too quiet. Penn State Football players haven't been in the police report in a very, very long time but that's about to change according to the CDT:
A Penn State football defensive tackle has been cited for disorderly conduct after allegedly throwing a punch during a shoving match Feb. 28 with passers-by on the 100 block of South Atherton Street, police said.
State College police cited 21-year-old Jared T. Odrick after they say the alleged victims looked up Odrick's photo on the Penn State football team Web site and then called police to report the incident.
The argument allegedly started as a verbal altercation near the entrance to the Graduate apartment building at 138 S. Atherton St., police said. It then turned into a pushing match and Odrick threw one closed-fist punch, police said.
Odrick left the scene, police said, and police were later contacted after several people found Odrick's photo online. Alcohol is suspected to have been a factor.
Ok, so there was some drinking, a verbal disagreement which escalated into pushing and shoving which ended with Odrick throwing A punch. Unless it was a "Little Mac" uppercut, one that puts your opponent down for the count, I would say that Odrick did very little damage.
I'm not a Penn State apologist and I never have been but this one is really weak. This isn't a mob beatdown or even a fight it was one punch. One. It's so innocuous that the police are filing disorderly conduct because they know a charge of assault would never stick. My guess is we won't hear much from this. I see something like this nearly every weekend end without the police getting involved.