November 23, 2011 |
In December 2002, following a Penn State judicial affairs hearing into allegations that he had sexually assaulted a female student on campus, cornerback Anwar Phillips was suspended by the university for two semesters. But since the next semester was not scheduled to start until mid-January, Phillips, who had participated in every Nittany Lions game that season, was allowed to play in Penn State's New Year's Day loss to Auburn in the Capital One Bowl. The following March, when news of the suspension became public, Paterno and the athletic department came under withering criticism.
May 2, 2006 |
Scott Paxson, the Philadelphia-born defensive tackle who still faces assault charges in State College, Pa., signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a free agent yesterday. "In some ways, he's pumped up to have landed with the Steelers," said Chuck Abel, the agent for the Penn State product. "But on the other hand, he's still disappointed that he wasn't drafted. " Paxson is a 6-foot-4 282-pounder who played his high school football at Roman Catholic. The player believes he would have been drafted had he not been charged in a sexual-assault case in State College.
September 12, 2004 |
Penn State couldn't run the ball, couldn't handle the trickery of Boston College quarterback Paul Peterson and, on too many occasions, couldn't think straight. If this sounds familiar to Nittany Lions followers who cringed while watching these guys go through their agonizing 2003 season, that's because it is. Any encouragement Penn State was able to draw from its 48-10 opening-day win over Akron was siphoned away last night as BC knocked off the Nittany Lions, 21-7, in a nonconference game before a sellout crowd of 44,500 at Alumni Stadium.
September 18, 2003 |
With the team down by 21-0 midway through the first quarter against Boston College in the second game of the season, Joe Paterno and his staff gathered along the sideline, trying to figure out a way to give Penn State's offense some traction. Gerald Smith, the backup cornerback and team chatterbox, approached Paterno with an idea. "Put me in at receiver, Coach," Smith told Paterno. "No, not right now, Gerald," answered Paterno, who reminded him that he hadn't practiced at receiver for a while.
August 26, 2003 |
Penn State football player Anwar Phillips acknowledged that he had sex with a female friend last fall, but denied sexually assaulting her. Phillips' testimony at trial yesterday was the first public statement he has made regarding the accusation, which resulted in his temporary expulsion from the university. In March, he was charged with sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault, both felonies. On the stand, Phillips acknowledged that he engaged in sexual intercourse with the woman, who has since left the university.
August 6, 2003 |
Anwar Phillips, the Penn State football player charged with sexually assaulting a fellow student, plans to testify at his upcoming trial, his attorney said yesterday. "He's never had the opportunity to tell his side," defense attorney Tony DeBoef said. "We just want to get to trial and tell his side. " A jury of 12, with two alternates, was selected Monday for Phillips' trial, which is scheduled to begin Aug. 25. Phillips is charged with sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault, both second-degree felonies.
August 5, 2003 |
Despite more than five decades of coaching Penn State football, including 16 seasons as an assistant, Joe Paterno insists it never feels like the same old, same old. Each season brings new players and new challenges, he says, and that's enough to keep his competitive fire stoked, even as his 77th birthday nears. Yet nothing new comes when Paterno is asked for a preseason evaluation of the Nittany Lions, who begin practice today for his 38th year as head coach. Always, he is far from forthcoming.
April 27, 2003 |
For Ernie Terrell, yesterday's Blue-White game at Beaver Stadium, the culmination of spring practice for Penn State, offered another lesson on the art of becoming an impact receiver on the Division I football level. When he was at Norristown High, getting open to catch passes wasn't much of a problem for Terrell because he was simply faster than everyone else. Much faster. In fact, the lanky 6-foot-3, 199-pounder was the state champion in the 200 and 400 meters. But at Penn State, Terrell quickly learned that you simply can't outrun the learning curve, so he's still a work in progress.
April 5, 2003 |
Penn State athletic director Tim Curley last night defended the school's decision to allow defensive back Anwar Phillips to play in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day. Phillips, who faces a felony sexual assault charge, had been notified by the university's judicial affairs department in December that he had been expelled. Speaking by telephone from his home in State College, Curley said that Phillips' expulsion did not go into effect until the spring semester - after the game was played.
March 27, 2003 |
Penn State football coach Joe Paterno refused to answer questions yesterday about a player who was ordered to stand trial on felony sex charges. Anwar Phillips, the team's starting nickel back, waived his preliminary hearing and did not appear yesterday on charges of sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault. Phillips told police that he had sex with a female student and that he did not think she wanted to have sex, according to court documents. On Dec. 12, Phillips accepted a two-semester expulsion from the university, effective Jan. 13, the first day of the spring semester.