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Penn State redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Luke Graham is no longer on the team's official roster.
No other details at this time, but the team is expected to release some kind of statement today through a spokesman.
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Junior T Luke Graham has left the team but will remain enrolled at #PennState
"Penn State has taken a lot of punches in the last six months and it's time to punch back" - BOB
Seems like the staff is trying to cut any loose strings and keep most of guys who have 3+ years of eligibility left. Good luck to Luke.
This post was edited by PSUjosh11 20 months ago
"DOMINATE the state" - James Franklin 1/11/14
I think it's more that he may not want to put the grind in when he's unlikely to see the field. He realized that he can keep his scholly, stay at PSU and graduate without having the grueling football schedule. Sucks for overall depth but welcome to the new normal...
We are going to have to scrimmage State College High soon......
I see this crap and it makes me just wonder...I would of given anything to play for Penn State when I was there, but was to small to play college ball. I don't what are these guys thinking? Oh well, lets weed the quitters out now and keep the warriors for down the road when things get tougher...
We had a fleet of TEs and linemen. We're still fine.
Highly doubt it. Doesn't make much sense, especially when kids can still transfer freely after the year. Gonna need as many bodies as possible.
Yep you don't know. Just leave it at that.
The guys that bail will regret their decision. Not because it is PSU but because they are quitting. In years down the road they will realize they made a mistake. It happens at a lot of schools.
You don't know a thing about any of their situations. Some may regret it and others may think it was the best decision they ever made. Just respect their decisions and move on at this point.
Wholeheartedly disagree bud.
Does he still count against the 65? If so, then this is probably worse than guys transferring to other schools.
Maybe, just looked at my personal situation I guess. Friends of mine I played with that left the team have regretted it. But I suppose your correct, some don't have the love for the game as others do.
Good question. However, Luke is in his 3rd year, so he shouldn't be a burden for too long. With only 15 to give, and with us not having the 65 limit until 2014, I'm not sure if there will be an issue.
Only way out of the ncaa issue is discrediting the freeh report in detail and on the record. If / when that happens is the best way to impact sanctions. But, until that happens we're in prison.
No...he will not count against the 65. And...the 65 doesn't even start as of now at least until 2014. Graham and Royer no longer count as part of PSU scholarship total.
And...PSU sits at 69 scholarships I believe. Just may get to 65 this season. I imagine 65 won't be an issue next year. Maybe this can be negotiated with NCAA.
I doubt the staff is kicking guys to the curb, especially kids with three of more players. PSU is going to need players and depth is going to be an issue. PSU can't afford to keep losing kids.
Sad thing is, even if the report is discredited to the fullest, I don't see the NCAA budging on their sanctions. That would make them look even worse than what they already do, especially if it did turn out that the Freeh report was a completely hoax and they used that "hoax" of a report as their tell all facts to sanction us.
There's a lot of things. I know guys I played with who wonder why they went all four. I have friends who wished they didn't quit. I know guys that should have and didn't because they loved it. Some can't cut it.
A lot of the times it isn't about loving the game really. Sometimes its time to go.
Well party man how many days a week during college did u get up at 6AM to attend an incredibly exhausting workout. And that's just an inkling of the commitment these guys have to give.
A couple of things to keep in mind ...
First, Graham would have been sophomore-eligible, but he's a junior in terms of academic standing. So, unless he dramatically changes his study habits (he had a 3.64 GPA as of the spring), Graham is on track to graduate in May 2014, if not sooner. So Penn State is really only "losing" a scholarship for two years (this season and next), not three.
Also, like bonovox pointed out, if there's a position Penn State can afford to lose a player or two at, it's offensive line. One of the reasons the secondary depth is so dire right now is that the previous staff gave a disproportionate number of scholarships to offensive linemen over the last few years (there's still 15 offensive linemen on scholarship after Graham and Nowicki left vs. eight scholarship DBs). That said, the Nittany Lions need the guys who have ships to be in uniform.
We also don't know if this was a decision Graham reached on his own or reached mutually with the coaches. As the third-team tackle, he didn't seem poised for a lot of playing time this season.
BTW.... I just wanted to add that Graham was around 270lbs. For a 3rd year kid, that is terrible.
None, as a 165lb offensive guard I doubt I would of been as big as their waterboys. But I would of done it in a second, just for the love of the game. My father was raised not to quit - ever, simple as that. No need to get testy. Just my opinion and my personal makeup. I would like to think I would of stuck it out....
This post was edited by psupartyman 20 months ago
Was just looking at the official PSU roster. Apparently we have one player named Charles Idemudia and another named Charles Imemudia. They wear the same number, are the same height, same weight and same eligibility!
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