After a couple of weeks of speculation, the Patriot-News is reporting what we were all thinking here. While the impact to the team’s on-field performance might not be significant, the impact to the program and its head coach sure as hell is. Scott and his attorney intend to prove that Scott and his alleged victim had consensual sex. He also faces misdemeanor charges of simple assault and indecent assault. Scott is still listed as #3 running back for Saturday’s Wisconsin game.
Most of the details available now come from an AP report, but here are some other places to look:
- Centre Daily Times report is here.
- ESPN.com report is here.
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report is here.
- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review here.
The Saturday morning newspapers should have more details.
I don’t want to get carried away rushing to judgment. In my mind, whether or not the rape charge sticks is immaterial—Scott has already lost his job and if he even had a glimmer of hope about playing in the NFL, he can now forget it. Being out drinking and screwing around at 4 AM during football season as a starter and a senior “leader” when his team had just lost two crucial conference games is enough to get him kicked off the team. And for those of you who would blame Scott’s transgressions on the coaches: 😛 — get a life!