Starting quarterback Matt McGloin is the first Penn State football player to make an extended comment about the NCAA sanctions that have been leveled against the program.
In a long post on Twitter Tuesday, the senior said the current team is being unfairly penalized.
We, as student-athletes, are being punished for going to class, graduating, being involved in the community and playing football, he wrote. Even though these penalties are extremely harsh, I am a Nittany Lion and will remain one.
The NCAA handed down unprecedented sanctions against Penn State for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. No players past or current were involved.
The penalties include a four-year bowl ban, reductions in scholarships, a fine, five years of probation, the vacating of wins and the ability of current players to transfer immediately without having to sit out a year if they go to another FBS program.
Earlier Tuesday, new Penn State coach Bill OBrien said no players had approached him about transferring yet.
McGloins entire statement is presented verbatim below.
If I have learned anything from this game, it is: tough times dont last, tough people do. This program has been through some hard times. I and many others, have stayed here out of love for this university; its academic programs, teammates, our wonderful fans and tremendous student body. We, as student-athletes, are being punished for going to class, graduating, being involved in the community and playing football. Even though these penalties are extremely harsh, I am a Nittany Lion and will remain one. I believe in the core values I have learned in this program. It is not Nittany Lion Football. It is Nittany Lion family. I encourage all players, recruits, and supporters to stay committed to the greatest football program in America. Scholarships and bowl games cannot destroy the fabric of our family. Coach OBrien and his staff will lead us through this difficult time. All I ask is for the fans to continue to believe in us. WE ARE!