(SP) – Penn State University opened a “full and transparent investigation” today into how the school’s football team blew a 15-point 4th quarter lead to Ohio State, likely sinking the program’s shot a reaching the college football playoff.
”Some of our critics have said that this university is unwilling to take a hard look at itself,” said athletics director Sandy Barbour. “But I think we are proving today that when it comes to things that matter, we will do whatever it takes to right the wrongs. We blew a huge game with a national title shot on the line, and that simply can’t happen again.”
Penn State said their investigation will primarily focus on fourth quarter play calling and Ohio State controlling the line of scrimmage. Head coach James Franklin said he will cooperate with the investigation.
“I want to know what happened as much as anyone else,” he said. “I have promised that any aspect of our program is transparent, as long as the investigation doesn’t get into stuff that’s, you know … not happening specifically on the football field. The administration has agreed that sort of stuff is no one’s business.”
Barbour says that whoever is found to responsible for the choke loss to Ohio State will be held to account.
“We mean business,” said Barbour. “We will disturb their weekend. There is no greater inconvenience at this university.”