Rose Bowl Notes


Joe Paterno

is up to some of his old bowl-game tricks.

Because a few Nittany Lions committed minor transgressions, the Penn State coach temporarily demoted a few starters. Defensive end

Aaron Maybin,


A.Q. Shipley

and guard

Rich Ohrnberger

were wearing second-team jerseys at practice Saturday.

According to the team, Maybin missed the Lions' event at Disneyland on Friday; Shipley and Ohrnberger were late for a breakfast.

Defensive coordinator

Tom Bradley

said Maybin's demotion was related to practice.

"I think Coach wanted to make a point," Bradley said.

Maybin was scheduled to participate in yesterday's news conference, but he was a scratch and safety

Mark Rubin

replaced the redshirt sophomore. Maybin, a first-team all-American, will be available to talk with the media tomorrow.

Paterno has a long history of dropping players from the first team to perhaps ignite a spark or encourage a backup.

"They do some things to really get you motivated to play," defensive tackle

Jared Odrick

said. "To realize the position you're in. I think it was just something with the whole [Disneyland] situation."

The team also announced that backup linebacker

Bani Gbadyu

was left home for academic reasons. The redshirt sophomore's spot is expected to be filled by redshirt freshman

Nathan Stupar

or true freshman

Michael Mauti


Rose petals

Penn State cornerback

Lydell Sargeant

revealed that wide receiver

Jordan Norwood

sprained his ankle last week during practice.

The senior missed two games earlier this season with a hamstring sprain. Norwood caught 38 passes for 605 yards and five touchdowns this season. If he can't play, redshirt sophomore

Graham Zug

will replace Norwood in the slot.

Southern Cal fullback

Stanley Havili

has missed the last two practices and has not been academically cleared to play in the Rose Bowl on Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times. Havili is also nursing a sore knee.

-- Jeff McLane