Local Player Signs With Penn State, Scandal May Change His Choice

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

July 23, 2012

The fallout from the Penn State sanctions continues and may have an impact on football players from our area.

Cairo High School Quarterback Steven Bench inked a letter of intent to play at Penn State in February, well before the punishment came down this morning.

When Steven Bench signed on to play at Penn State earlier this year, Paterno had already left, the scandal was ongoing, but the punishment was not yet known. Today, the situation is very different.

Says Tom Fallaw, Cairo High School Football Coach: "The NCAA has given the players that are at the University of Penn State several options so they can choose to stay or they can transfer without penalty. So he has some options if he chooses to do those things but I have not talked to the young man and I certainly am not going to comment on what he chooses to do."

A post from Bench's official Facebook page, made last night before the sanctions came out, reads:

"If they want to punish us for something none of us did, so be it. Just know you're waking a beast, a giant family across the world. WE will wake up every morning with a chip on our shoulder and WE will out-work everyone on this earth. WE will grind through these hard times. WE will succeed, not to prove everyone else wrong, but to prove that WE are right. WE will be beyond successful for the sole reason that WE ARE PENN STATE!!"

It indeed seems a very passionate and fiery post, but Bench does have the option to transfer elsewhere without taking a scholarship hit or losing any years of eligibility.

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