Penn State Football: WR Curtis Drake and QB Paul Jones to Miss TicketCity Bowl

Peter EmerickSenior Writer IIDecember 27, 2011

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 12:  Curtis Drake #7 of the Penn State Nittany Lions celebrates after the catch against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the game on November 12, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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In a not so shocking turn of events, Curtis Drake, Penn State's wide receiver and main signal caller in the wildcat formation, didn't make the trip to Houston for the 2012 TicketCity Bowl, according to Bill Kline of The Morning Call.

Kline's report cites "personal issues" as the reason for Drake's absence from the team's arrival in Houston, but we all know it is punishment for the altercation between he and starting quarterback Matt McGloin less than two week ago.

McGloin and Drake were involved in a heated argument during a Penn State practice that led to a locker room fight, resulting in McGloin hitting his head on the concrete floor and being knocked unconscious, sending him into a seizure.  

McGloin was taken to Mount Nittany hospital for evaluation and was release later that day.

McGloin ultimately took the blame for the fight, which makes it even more interesting that he made the trip and Drake did not.  Maybe Penn state sees McGloin's acceptance of responsibility for the fight as the respectable thing to do and are rewarding that.  

If Penn State really wanted to make a statement about doing the right thing, they would have held back both players from playing in the TicketCity Bowl.

In addition to Drake, quarterback Paul Jones (academic reasons), cornerback Derrick Thomas (academic reasons) and wide receiver Shawney Kersey (personal reasons) also did not make the team flight to Houston.

While losing those players isn't a huge hit to the Nittany Lions' hopes of taking down the high-flying Houston Cougars, it does make it a little more difficult.  The Nittany Lions need all the offensive help they can get, and losing Drake, the go-to man for the wildcat formation, will weigh on the offense.  

Look for running back Silas Redd and wide receiver Bill Belton to carry the slack in the wildcat, which will undoubtedly be key to a Penn State victory over Houston in the 2012 TicketCity Bowl.

I think Penn State made the wrong decision by letting McGloin make the trip to Houston with the team while holding back Drake.  Both players were involved in the fight and both players should be punished equally.

It is still unclear whether or not McGloin will even play in the 2012 TicketCity Bowl, with USA Today reporting that McGloin has not suited up for the Nittany Lions' first practice. 

Whether or not he plans on playing, McGloin still should not have been allowed to make the trip, just like Drake.