Nittany Notes: Layin' Down the Law

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno wasted little time getting the attention of his team on the first day of spring practice. At a 6:30 a.m. squad meeting, he laid down the law. Get the lowdown on what happened.

Penn State kicked off spring practice Monday with a 6:30 a.m. squad meeting in Lasch Building. And head coach Joe Paterno wasted no time setting a tone for the spring.

Observers said after a few minor announcements were made concerning the spring schedule, the veteran head coach took the floor and quickly addressed the recent rash of suspensions that have impacted the program.

All of the suspended players — including Chris Baker (DT), Chris Bell (WR), Navorro Bowman (LB), Andrew Quarless (TE), Phillip Taylor (DT) and Knowledge Timmons (DB) — were present for the meeting.

"Joe said he brought in the suspended guys to discuss their futures [with the team]," one observer said.

Multiple sources said Paterno reviewed the list of pending legal issues facing the suspended players in question. He then stated that Baker, Bell and Timmons should consider transferring from PSU and also stated "The staff has no plans for [Chris] Bell," according to the sources.

None of the suspended players are scheduled to participate in spring drills at this point. The first practice is scheduled to start Monday at about 4 p.m.

However, it should be noted that Paterno has made similarly strong statements about wayward Lions in the past. While some have indeed moved on from the team, there have been many instances where others straightened out their acts and were eventually welcomed back.

In related news, while a judge dropped charges against senior defensive end/linebacker Tyrell Sales stemming from an alleged altercation outside of a Pittsburgh bar earlier this month, he is not expected to practice with the Nittany Lions Monday. We will update his status as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: After meeting with Paterno during the day, Sales was cleared to practice Monday.

Stay tuned to FightOnState.com as we continue to take you deep inside Penn State football and spring practice like no other source.

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