Just what Penn State needs: more controversy.
Quarterback Matt McGloin ended up briefly hospitalized Saturday after being knocked unconscious in a skirmish with wide receiver Curtis Drake after practice.
McGloin said Monday that the fight began because of errors on the practice field and that the two had words at his locker afterward. McGloin, who estimated that he was out cold for about 10 seconds, apologized for the incident and took responsibility for not avoiding the altercation.
“We kind of grabbed each other, we kind of just bounced around up top for a while,” McGloin said. “I think both of our momentum just pulled us both toward the ground and as my shoulder hit, my head hit [the concrete floor] and just snapped off the ground and that’s pretty much it.
“Then the next thing I remember is waking up on the stretcher.”
McGloin underwent a CT scan and MRI at Mount Nittany Medical Center and was released Saturday night. He spent the night at his off-campus apartment, under the watchful eye of his mother, Cathy. She told the Patriot-News that her son attended practice Sunday, but did not participate in drills.
Interim Coach Tom Bradley said that McGloin had called to apologize for the incident. “I think anybody who’s played athletics and is going to be honest here is going to say they’ve seen pushing and shoving and swinging and it does happen,” said Bradley, the coach since the firing of Joe Paterno. “I’m not going to sit here and say it doesn’t ever happen because it does. This is just an unfortunate incident where we had a young man get hurt.”
McGloin’s status for the TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 4 in Dallas is unclear.
“I take responsibility for what happened,” McGloin said. “I should have just sat there. I should have been man enough to walk away. As the quarterback for this football team, I shouldn’t have let another incident happen to this university.”
Drake has twice been cited for disorderly conduct since the summer of 2010. In February, Drake, defensive back Derrick Thomas and two other Penn State athletes were charges with disorderly conduct after a fight at a downtown apartment. In July 2010, Drake and Taran Buie, a former Nittany Lions basketball player, were cited for disorderly conduct after a fight during Arts Fest weekend.
There was no comment yet from Drake.