UNIVERSITY PARK -- Penn State Police are investigating a fight Saturday afternoon between quarterback Matt McGloin and receiver Curtis Drake that resulted in McGloin being taken to the hospital after suffering a seizure and possible concussion.
McGloin and Drake exchanged words during practice, a source said, then things escalated afterward in the locker room. Specific details of what occurred leading up to and during the fight were not available Saturday night.
McGloin's father, Paul, confirmed to the Harrisburg Patriot-News that his son suffered a seizure and likely concussion. He said a CAT scan and MRI came back negative.
Penn State confirmed in a statement that McGloin was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center, where he was "examined, treated and released." University police were called to the locker room to investigate, according to the statement, but no report was available Saturday night.
"Campus police and Penn State's Office of Judicial Affairs will investigate the incident and report results as they would for any other student involved in an incident on campus," the statement read.
Penn State players were summoned to a team meeting at 4:30 p.m. that lasted about 10 minutes. Drake was in attendance, but McGloin was not. The players scattered quickly after the meeting, but a few made brief statements when asked about McGloin.
"Matt's good. He's all right," linebacker Michael Mauti said. "He'll be fine."
McGloin's playing status for the TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 2 against Houston would be in question if he suffered a concussion. Depending on exactly what happened, whether Drake will remain on the team also is unclear.
In a separate matter concerning the football team, second-string quarterback Rob Bolden may be facing what was referred to as a "minor" legal issue in a story posted Saturday night on FightOnState.com. The website, citing anonymous sources, did not reveal details about Bolden's situation and said it's unclear if it will affect the sophomore's status for the bowl game.
The Nittany Lions' third-string quarterback is Central Cambria product Shane McGregor. He would be in line to play in the bowl game if McGloin and Bolden cannot.
Penn State coaches had little to say about Saturday's fight when leaving the Lasch Building.
Linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden said, "It's good to be a Nittany Lion," as he walked past reporters. He was asked a few questions but did not answer before driving away.
Offensive line coach Dick Anderson was asked about the team meeting and said, "Oh, be serious, guys."
The starting quarterback being hospitalized would be a serious issue for any football team, but it could become a larger one for Penn State given what the team and university have endured with the ongoing Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.
Throughout the scandal, the PSU players have received praise for handling themselves with class, but this latest incident could bring further embarrassment to the football program and the university.
Reporters waited for interim head coach Tom Bradley to emerge from the Lasch Building, but he was never seen doing so.
The Mirror texted Bradley seeking comment at the Lasch Building, and he later replied, "Sorry I'm not there Im [sic] at dinner with old friends."
Bradley did not respond to a follow-up text seeking a statement about the McGloin-Drake incident.
On Nov. 15, less than a week after taking over as interim coach, Bradley had this to say about any potential disciplinary issues: "I made it perfectly clear that if you step out of line, I'm coming down quick and fast and hard."
McGloin is a redshirt junior who battled Bolden for the starting quarterback job throughout the season. Bolden started the first seven games before McGloin won the job and started the final five.
There were numerous questionable tweets on McGloin's Twitter account Saturday discussing the fight -- one taking a shot at Drake -- but a source confirmed that McGloin's account had been hacked and that he did not make those posts.
Drake, a redshirt sophomore, has battled injuries and legal issues throughout his Penn State career. He missed the 2010 season with a broken leg, which also limited his playing time this year.
In March, Drake was charged with disorderly conduct along with three others for their roles in a fight at an off-campus apartment. He also was cited for fighting with former Penn State basketball player Taran Buie at a McDonald's in State College in July, 2010.
Drake, a quarterback in high school, emerged as a more important member of the offense the final two games of the regular season as he took some snaps in wildcat formations. Drake also completed one pass this season, which went to McGloin for 16 yards on a trick play on Nov. 12 against Nebraska.
Mirror Staff Writer Cory Giger can be reached at 949-7031 and @CoryGiger on Twitter.