Bolden in no hurry to decide his future

Robert Bolden passes during Penn State's Blue-White Game. He has not made a final decision about leaving Happy Valley.
Robert Bolden passes during Penn State's Blue-White Game. He has not made a final decision about leaving Happy Valley.
Posted: April 17, 2011

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Rob Bolden got the rock-star treatment Saturday as he walked into the interview room under Beaver Stadium to answer about 50 versions of the same question: Is he leaving Penn State or is he staying?

With all the attention on him, however, the quarterback gave no hint as to what he will do. He seemed happy with how the spring semester went, including spring practice and his relationships with coaches and teammates, even though he unsuccessfully sought a transfer the week after the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl.

And Bolden, who started the first seven games of his freshman season in 2010, is in no hurry to decide, indicating he might not think seriously about it until after the April 29 end to the semester.

Speaking after the Blue-White Game, which was called after the first series of the third quarter because of heavy rain, he said he has no timetable for discussing the issue with head coach Joe Paterno and quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno.

"There were a lot of positive things," Bolden said. "I feel like I got closer with my coaches - Jay, Joe, and a lot of other guys. Me and my team, I feel like we're starting to come together and getting this thing going forward. I got better overall with throwing the ball and other stuff like that, so I feel better as a quarterback.

"But there are a lot of things that I have to think about. . . . Football is the main thing, but my coaches, we have other things that you guys maybe don't know about that we have to go over."

Bolden would not say what those "other things" were. But he did say the final call would be a family decision, and it's no secret that his father, Robert Bolden Sr., was unhappy with the way the season ended - with his son on the sideline during Matt McGloin's entire five-interception performance in the Outback Bowl loss to Florida.

Joe Paterno chose to enter preseason practice in August without a No. 1 quarterback but said he was "99 percent sure" it would be either Bolden or McGloin, who will be a junior in the fall. Of course, that would depend on Bolden's staying.

"I really haven't given that any thought," Paterno said. "I would obviously hope that that's behind him. He's been great out there on the practice field. He appears to be having a good time. As far as I can see, he's a lot different than he was last year . . . he wasn't as comfortable as he was this spring.

"So I haven't really given that much thought. If we have a problem, we'll discuss it next week. But I don't think there is a problem. Shouldn't be, he's right in there."

Jay Paterno said he has spoken with Bolden but told reporters that he wanted to "just keep what we talked about between he and I. I think that's probably the best thing to do right now."

Bolden said he was "all in" during the semester as a football player and as a student. He said he and Jay Paterno "laughed and joked" when they were away from football. He said he felt he got a fair shot in the spring and was OK with the head coach's decision not to name a starter.

He said he felt the coaches have done all they could do, and now it's up to what he and his family decides is best.

"This whole spring, they've coached me and obviously they got me better, I feel," he said. "I think right now, I just need to get back, relax, and get with my dad, mom, and everybody and see where we're at as a family because they've done everything they could do, really."

Nittany notes. McGloin led the Blue team to both scores in a 10-0 victory. He threw a 17-yard TD pass to Brandon Moseby-Felder and a 36-yard deep ball to Devon Smith to set up Eric Lewis' 20-yard field goal. He went 5 of 10 for 109 yards. . . . The sloppy conditions led to three turnovers. . . . Spring practice awards went to Smith, defensive tackle Jordan Hill, center Ty Howle, and offensive tackle Mike Farrell.

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