UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State football players met with head coach Bill O'Brien shortly after the NCAA announced crippling sanctions against the football program on Monday morning but had no comment for reporters who waited outside the Lasch building on campus.
Quarterback Rob Bolden was the first player to leave the meeting, which lasted for approximately an hour, based on when players entered and left the team's training facility. He offered no comment when asked about his future with the program or how the team will respond.
Acting swiftly after the findings of the Freeh Report following the Jerry Sandusky legal trial in which the former Penn State defensive coordinator was convicted on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse, the NCAA levied a $60 million fine, four-year postseason ban, scholarship reductions and stripped the program of 112 wins from 1998 to 2011.
Penn State players will be allowed to transfer out of the program without having to sit out a year as per usual NCAA guidelines.
Quarterback Matt McGloin walked through throngs of television cameras outside the football complex and simply shook his head no when asked for comment on his team's response or his own future.
Other players remained silent as well, with some offering polite 'No" answers for questions seeking comment.
Head coach Bill O'Brien issued a statement through the athletic department.
"I knew when I accepted the position that there would be tough times ahead. But I am committed for the long term to Penn State and our student athletes," O'Brien's statement read. "Today we receive a very harsh penalty from the NCAA and as Head Coach of the Nittany Lions football program, I will do everything in my power to not only comply, but help guide the University forward to become a national leader in ethics, compliance and operational excellence."
A Penn State spokesman said there would be no further comment from the team or its players today.