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Ticket City Bowl 2011: Jerry Sandusky Scandal Had No Impact On Choosing Penn State, Says Bowl CEO

On Sunday night as the bowl rumors spread fast and furious, a quote from Ticket City Bowl CEO Tom Starr made its way around twitter that certainly suggested the Penn State Nittany Lions were headed to Dallas. Starr said last night that the bowl would be "honored" to have Penn State.

On Monday, Starr elaborated on his comments, taking his conviction a step further. He harped on the sentiment that the acts of Jerry Sandusky should not be used to punish the present players.  

Via Cory Giger of The Altoona Mirror:

Why did the abhorrent acts of one person, why does everybody want to drag the university down? What did the student-athletes on that team do? What did the faculty, the student body, the alumni, the fans do? They didn't do anything.

Starr went on to say that the Ticket City Bowl was "fortunate" to have the Nittany Lions. He said he had been working to set up this matchup for three to four weeks.

For more news and discussion on the Nittany Lions, visit SB Nation's Penn State blog, Black Shoe Diaries.

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