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Zayd Issah's Scholarship Pulled-UPDATED

UPDATE 4.4.2013 – Bill O’Brien confirmed last night in a wide ranging interview with the AP that Issah will not be at Penn State this fall, but could return down the road.  While the next step for Zayd has not been laid out just yet, an educated guess would be a year in prep school.


Last week news broke that heralded 2013 LB recruit Zayd Issah had been arrested and was facing several charges related to an attempt to pass counterfeit money at a Harrisburg area McDonald’s.  While PSU or Bill O’Brien have yet to make any formal announcement, BlueWhiteIllustrated.com reported over the weekend that Issah’s scholarship has been pulled, at least temporarily.

Issah’s preliminary hearing is still a month away, and it seems reasonable to assume that the University and coaching staff are waiting to see just what facts come to light.  Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico told The Patriot News last week that because Issah is a first time offender, it is unlikely he would face any jail time were he to be convicted.

From a football standpoint, losing Issah creates an even bigger depth issue at linebacker, where PSU cannot go much more than 4 or 5 deep at best.  Issah was expected to contribute immediately as a freshman, if not at linebacker, than on special teams.  All that seems very much up in the air now.

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  • Willie Green

    Next Man UP!!!

    Zayd’s indiscretions make Garth Lakitsky’s arrival that much more timely.

    • PSUMatt2005

      It will definitely be interesting to see how this ultimately plays out. Like I said, LB may be the most crucial spot to keep healthy this season, and losing Issah would be a huge blow.

      With that said, I’m not sure how you can justify keeping him around with the facts as we know them now.

      • Willie Green

        I think our defense will get by better this year than last.

        Our DB situation is better than last year. Cadogan is helping with the DL rotation. And the offense is better situated to help keep the defense off the field. And LB: Kline isn’t out for the season, and we have Wartman, Wooten & Bell in addition to Lakitsky, Cole, Rhattigan and several other run-ons who might step up.

        Next year is when it really thins out. If Issah takes O’Brien’s advice and spends a year in Military Academy, he just might be back in time for when we really need him.

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