Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 10/21/14
I don’t want to say we’re being purposely misled by media coverage of Penn State’s football team in the wake of NCAA sanctions, but Thursday’s report that Penn State was losing its backup kicker was reported with this lede: “Penn State lost its 13th player since the football program was hit with NCAA sanctions this summer in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal when backup kicker Matt Marcincin became the second Nittany Lion this week to leave the team.” It’s the backup kicker! The story doesn’t even say whether the kicker leaving the team was in any way related to the sanctions by the NCAA or not. He might have just been sick of practicing. Or upset that he wasn’t the starting kicker in the wake of Sam Ficken’s meltdown last week. The kicker who left the team, Matt Marcincin, would have been the third-string kicker instead of the backup this year had 2011 starter Anthony Fera not transfered to Texas. The intent of reporting every Penn State roster change is obviously to docu...
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