Our View | Rugby team scores a win off the field

April 16, 2014 


Penn State police have charged two rugby players with setting a fire that destroyed a storage shed on the university’s western edge of campus in January.

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Penn State’s rugby team has been reinstated, although without its coach.

Don Farrell stepped down Friday, the same day the university announced that it had lifted its suspension of the men’s rugby program, a penalty implemented in connection with an alleged arson on campus.

David Joyner, director of athletics, said an internal investigation concluded that a “limited number of players” were involved in the January fire that destroyed a west-campus shed used to store equipment for the rugby and cross-country teams.

Police in March charged two players, Sean Herbert and Christopher Petri, with intentionally setting the blaze.

Joyner said other players on the club team cooperated with the investigation, and convinced university officials that “positive strides are being made to honor and respect the history and legacy of rugby at Penn State.”

The two accused players will have their outcomes determined through the courts.

With their program reinstated, we hope the remaining rugby players are model student-athletes for the rest of their days at Penn State, thankful to have the privilege of competing and representing the school and this community.

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