Report Says Penn State Temporarily Pulls Zayd Issah's Scholarship After Arrest

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIApril 1, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Reportedly, 3-star outside linebacker Zayd Issah has at least temporarily lost his scholarship to play football for the Penn State Nittany Lions. 

Last week, it was reported by Matt Miller of that Issah was facing charges that stemmed from an alleged counterfeit scheme in which he was involved. At the time, Miller reported that Issah's status with the Nittany Lions' football team was unknown.

Today, it's being reported via Twitter by Nate Bauer of, who cites Ryan Snyder of BWI, that Issah's scholarship has at least temporarily been pulled.

If the report is true, this is certainly a worst-case scenario for Issah. Despite the sanctions at Penn State, Issah was still afforded the opportunity to play football for a major Big Ten program, and one that still has quite a national audience and fan base. 

Bill O'Brien is a great coach and he's undoubtedly a good leader, and at the very least Issah would have had the chance to be part of the rebuild of Penn State football. Even without a bowl game, that would have been special.

That's also not even considering the free education he would receive as an athlete under scholarship.

For now though, it appears as if Issah has temporarily thrown those opportunities away, and if he doesn't get it back, this will certainly go down as an opportunity wasted. 

If you're behind on the Issah story, here are some of the details via Miller's report:

Township Police Chief Rob Martin confirmed Thursday that Issah, 18, was arrested after an alleged attempt on March 9 to pass counterfeit money was reported at the McDonald's in the 4400 block of North Front Street.

According to arrest papers filed with District Judge James Lenker, Issah and two other suspects fled when police were called to the scene. The other two suspects were later identified and apprehended and both of them implicated Issah in the alleged scheme, police said.

The report also stated that Issah knew that the bills were counterfeit and was planning on "cleaning them", per a Facebook message that the Police found.

To say that this is disappointing would be an understatement. This is a kid that had everything in front of him on the football field, and even more importantly, in the classroom. He obviously made a stupid mistake and it's one that could cost him dearly.

He'll have to deal with the consequences, and unfortunately, it appears as if losing his scholarship may end up being one of those consequences. At least for now, that seems to be the case.

The great thing about our society is that we do offer second chances and we do believe that people can change, so especially for a kid as young and talented as Issah is, let's hope that the best is still yet to come for him. 

Hopefully, this will just be a bump in the road for the young man, and hopefully he'll learn from this, change for the better and find opportunity elsewhere. 

Elsewhere is the key word in that statement, because at least for now, his opportunity to be a scholarship athlete at Penn State has reportedly been taken away.

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