LB Connor Suspended

Joe Paterno.

Penn State starting linebacker Dan Connor has been suspended from the team indefinitely for his role in a series of prank phone calls in the spring and summer.

FightOnState.com broke the story of the prank phone calls Thursday, at which point the athletic department said punishment for Dan Connor, and teammates Jim Kanuch and Nolan McCready, was pending.

Late Friday afternoon, the university released the following information:

Based upon a clearer understanding of the facts, Coach Joe Paterno has placed sophomore Dan Connor on indefinite suspension for his participation in recent harassment calls. Earlier this week, Connor and juniors Jim Kanuch and Nolan McCready were issued a summary offense for their actions. The calls, which occurred over several months and escalated to the point of harassment, were investigated by State College Police.

Consequences for Kanuch and McCready, who have come forward, or other players who might have been involved, will be determined pending a more complete understanding.

The victim in this situation has requested to remain anonymous and that request will be honored, including responding to identity speculation and any circumstances involving the victim.

FightOnState has learned the identity of the victim. But in keeping with the individual's wishes, we are keeping that information confidential.

Connor was a three-game starter as a freshman for the Penn State football team in 2004, setting a school rookie record with 85 tackles. He was slated to start at an outside linebacker position in 2005.

As of 6 p.m. Friday, FOS was not able to secure further clarification on the meaning of the phrase “indefinite suspension.”

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