Statement from Head Coach Bob Warming
July 23, 2012
The following is men's soccer head coach Bob Warming's statement regarding the NCAA penalty levied against Penn State because of the failure of leadership that occurred at the University in the past:
"I have received communications of concern today from Penn State students, our proud soccer alumni, prospective student athletes, current players, close friends and fans wondering what will be happening with our men's soccer program at Penn State, particularly as a result of the financial penalties imposed on the University today.
I want to assure everyone that it is an NCAA mandate that no program at Penn State shall be dropped and no funding shall be reduced for any other sports program as a result of the sanctions and financial penalties Penn State received today. Our program will be funded in scholarships and operating budget at least at the same level we are now for the next five years. It is not an option, it is part of the mandate of the NCAA that funding continue at the current level at a minimum. President Erickson, Board of Trustees Chairman Karen Peetz and acting athletic director Dave Joyner met with all head coaches today to reaffirm this commitment. All of the head coaches really appreciated them meeting with us face-to-face.
As coaches, we will continue to push forward in our mission of recruiting and developing exceptional student athletes at Penn State. As students, our team had a 3.24 GPA this past spring and as athletes, I think we have a great team ready to hit the field this fall. I have coached a lot of very good teams and I believe this one can be special. Our guys participate in community service, help others and have been great representatives of the University.
I guarantee you that the players on the team will be humble, hard working, play with respect for our opponents and do our best to make those that follow us Penn State Proud of our efforts. We will all learn valuable lessons from this tragedy and move forward as a University and athletic department. There are a fantastic group of bright coaches here at Penn State in all sports and some very committed athletes. We will all get through these days together."