SAN ANTONIO -- Two Penn State players charged with assault
in connection with a campus fight will miss the Alamo Bowl.
Saturday's game against Texas A&M will be the second straight
for the Nittany Lions without starting defensive tackle Chris Baker
and backup linebacker Navorro Bowman. They also missed the
regular-season finale Nov. 17 against Michigan State.
They are two of five Penn State defensive players who did not
travel to San Antonio.
Baker and Bowman are scheduled to stand trial this spring on
misdemeanor charges after police said they beat up a man at a
fraternity party October 7th at the campus student union. A judge
earlier dismissed felony assault charges against them, but
prosecutors refiled those counts last week.
Backup cornerback and special teams ace Knowledge Timmons will
also miss his second straight game. Timmons faces misdemeanor
charges in an incident directly after the fight.
Coach Joe Paterno said two weeks ago that the three would travel
to Texas. But a school official said today they did not make the
Also not making the trip was backup cornerback Willie Harriott,
who was charged with driving drunk in Ferguson Township on November 11th. Harriott had also been suspended by Paterno a few games earlier this season after university police cited him on a count of
Backup defensive tackle Tom McEowen also did not make the trip
for undisclosed reasons.