The Penn State football program has made plenty of news off the field in the last month-and-a-half and the trend continued this weekend when quarterback Matt McGloin reportedly suffered a seizure and was hospitalized after a locker-room fight with teammate Curtis Drake.
McGloin’s father, Paul, told The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News doctors told him his son was treated for a seizure at Mount Nittany Medical Center on Saturday and likely sustained a concussion. He was released from the hospital the same day.
Drake and McGloin got into a fight after practice, according to multiple reports, and Drake was said to have punched the quarterback.
McGloin suffered the seizure when his head hit the ground, his father told the Patriot-News. Results from a CT scan and MRI were negative, Paul McGloin told the paper.
“That’s good news, when I heard that,” he said. “It’s a big relief.”
The incident came a day after Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary testified at a preliminary hearing to determine whether school officials Tim Curley and Gary Schultz would stand trial for perjury and failure to report charges stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case. The judge ruled the case should proceed.
The Penn State athletic department released a statement saying it would examine the Drake-McGloin incident.
“Campus police and Penn State’s Office of Judicial Affairs will investigate the incident and report results as they would for any other student in an incident on campus,” the statement read.
The Nittany Lions were preparing for their Jan. 2 matchup against Houston in the TicketCity Bowl.
McGloin wasn’t the only Penn State quarterback to have off-the-field issues this weekend, according to a report. Backup Rob Bolden, whose profile could rise if McGloin is unable to play in the bowl game, is contending with a “minor” legal issue, sources told Scout.com’s Penn State site.
Bolden was involved in an off-the-field incident Friday evening, the sources told the website, though he practiced with the team Saturday.
The depth drops to walk-on Shane McGregor if the Lions’ top two quarterbacks are sidelined. McGregor has played in one game.
Drake’s mother, Chante Smith-Roberson, told the Patriot-News “everything’s fine. This is no big deal. (Drake’s) doing fine, and I think everything’s fine. People don’t need to make this a big deal, given all that is going on up there.”