Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden will be the subject of internal discipline after being cited for theft, according to a report from The Patriot-News.
Head coach Tom Bradley said Bolden returned an unopened bottle of Gatorade to the retail store which it came from last Friday. Bradley would not provide further details other than to say the quarterback's punishment wouldn't be in the form of playing time.
Bolden started the campaign in a time share with fellow signal caller Matt McGloin, but received less snaps as the season wore on. He finished with just one touchdown and four interceptions while completing 42 percent of his passes.
As mentioned in the report, due to McGloin's trip to the hospital following an alleged fight with wide receiver Curtis Drake, there's a chance Bolden would get the start in the TicketCity Bowl vs. Houston. Losing him to suspension would have been another blow for the Nittany Lions.
Should Bolden face further punishment?
Even though Penn State is under a microscope for the recent Jerry Sandusky sex scandal, Bolden shouldn't face anything more than minor consequences for his action.
He made a mistake, knew what he did was wrong and immediately corrected the problem.
Bradley has done a terrific job considering the tough circumstances and seems to be continuing that trend here. He's been transparent with the media, which is exactly what's needed at a time like this.
Bolden's incident might have flown under the radar at another marquee school, but Bradley knew the news would come out eventually so it was better for him to clear the air right away. This way nobody can accuse the school of hiding information.
Hopefully Bolden learned his lesson and everybody can move on to more important matters.