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Extra Work for Nittany Lions

Seems that Penn State's incoming recruits and their new teammates - including many from the Washington area will have extra duties this fall. I'm curious what folks think of this. Should the whole team be punished? Or should those who allegedly committed the transgressions be the only ones affected?

Penn State coach Joe Paterno, upset that several of his players were involved in an off-campus fight in early April, is punishing his entire team this fall. Paterno said Monday night at a banquet near Philadelphia that his players will be part of the clean-up crew at Beaver Stadium every Sunday after home games this fall. They also will volunteer their services for Habitat for Humanity in Centre County and the Special Olympics.
Two Penn State players -- Anthony Scirrotto and Chris Baker -- face charges in the alleged April 1 burglary and assault that sent one person to the hospital. Four others had charges against them dropped because of insufficient evidence.
Paterno said he is determined to teach his players a lesson from the incident.
"We're all going to do it, everybody," he said at a news conference before the banquet. "Not just the kids that were involved because we're all in it together. This is a team embarrassment. I wouldn't call it anything much other than that."
Paterno said the players will earn money for their work after each of the team's seven home games, but that they will be required to donate the money to help fund Penn State's club sports. Members of Penn State's club sports teams earn money by cleaning up Beaver Stadium on Sundays in the fall.
"I just thought that, hey, we had 14, 15 kids -- I don't even know how many -- that were involved in something embarrassing, and I think we need to prove to people that we're not a bunch of hoodlums," Paterno said.

By Josh Barr  | May 24, 2007; 9:12 AM ET
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