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PSU President To Reassess Role Of Football Program In Wake Of Scandal
Published December 7, 2011
BOWLED OVER: AD AGE's Rich Thomaselli noted PSU's football program was "apparently snubbed from more attractive -- and more lucrative -- bowl games." PSU will play Houston in the TicketCity Bowl on Monday, Jan. 2, in a nationally televised game in Dallas, but that game is "seventh out of eight on the Big Ten Conference's pecking order of bowl games." PSU was "bypassed three times by bowl games that selected teams with worse records." Insight Bowl Chair Duane Woods said, "We think negative media would overshadow the game experience for both teams and negatively impact our sponsors and partners, leaving a negative experience for all participants." Another bowl game exec said, "Nobody wants to punish the players for something they had nothing to do with, but I know I wouldn't want Penn State here when another interview with Jerry Sandusky ends up on the front page of The New York Times. We have a sponsor to answer to" (ADAGE.com, 12/5).