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Taran Buie, Curtis Drake Among Four Penn State Athletes Cited

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A story that's been in the works for about a month thanks to our own NGameDay11 eagle eyes finally took a step forward today as four Penn State athletes, including three now-repeat offenders, were cited in connection with a State Patty's Day fight in State College according to the Centre Daily Times.

According to State College police, basketball players Tre Bowman, 19, and Taran Buie, 19, face the summary offense for allegedly participating in the fight that took place about 6:26 p.m. Feb. 28 on the fourth floor of Cedarbrook Apartments, 320 E. Beaver Ave. Buie was suspended from the team in December.

Also cited were Curtis Drake, 20, and Derrick Thomas, 20, both members of the Penn State football team.

For Buie, probably the most high profile of the group as a former four-star recruit and half-brother of Penn State basketball legend Talor Battle, this is just another bullet on his lengthening rap sheet. In July, he and Drake were charged with disorderly conduct after getting into a fight at the State College McDonald's. In August, he was hit with an underage. Finally, in December, he was suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Basketball coach Ed DeChellis said at his end of the year press conference that Buie's future with the team was yet to be determined. He said he was planning on sitting down with the freshman but that the two had not yet met. Unless that meeting has taken place in the last week, this figures to complicate it even more. Buie was on a short leash after his suspension and got in trouble again.

Buie's mother, Denise Murphy expressed concern Monday in the Daily Collegian that her son would not be welcomed back.

After being suspended from the Penn State men’s basketball team at the end of December, Buie’s future is very cloudy. Part of the uncertainty is his status with Penn State, and Murphy admitted she doesn’t know if he will be accepted back with the team.

"I don’t want to say that Penn State is out of the question," Murphy said Sunday. "Taran would like to stay at Penn State, but I don’t know if that’s in the cards."

Take that for what you will, but none of it sounds promising for Buie's future with the Nittany Lions.

Then, of course, there's Drake, an Internet favorite among Nittany Lions fans after joining the team in 2009 as a three-star recruit. This is his second incident in less than a year, and he's also suffered two significant injuries to his left leg in the past few months, the most recent coming last week in a non-contact drill. He was already ruled out of the rest of spring practice, but this hardly makes his situation any better.

Thomas missed two games in connection with fellow football player Sean Stanley's marijuana possession charge in October.  With Drake already out, Thomas is likely the only football player susceptible to immediate discipline by football coach Joe Paterno, so keep an eye on his situation.

This is Bowman's first offense since arriving in State College. DeChellis allowed him to stay on the team after the incident, but now that he's been formally charged, he might see action from the coaching staff.