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TicketCity Bowl 2012: Curtis Drake, Paul Jones Among Players Not Making Trip

The Penn State football team is now in Texas preparing for the Jan. 2 TicketCity Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, and on Tuesday, interim head coach Tom Bradley had some news on players who did not make the trip.

Bradley said that quarterback and Sto-Rox product Paul Jones was left up north for academic reasons, as was cornerback Derrick Thomas. Jones missed the entire 2011 season after being ruled academically ineligible over the summer.

Bradley also said wide receivers Curtis Drake and Shawney Kersey stayed behind for personal reasons. The Philadelphia Inquirer's Joe Juliano got at explanation from Drake, who was involved an altercation with quarterback Matthew McGloin before the team left for Texas, in a pair of tweets.

"Basically after the incident with me and Matt (McGloin), I was tired and I just needed to step back and take a break," Drake said. "There was too much going on. There wasn't really one thing I can pinpoint, just a bunch of things, so I decided not to go."

Meanwhile, Bradley said McGloin is still being held out of practice and being evaluated by the medical staff daily.

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