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Football players cited for fight

Penn State digest

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State football players Tariq Castro-Fields and Henry Fessler were cited with disorderly conduct for their roles in a fight outside a fraternity house on Jan. 27.

The incident occurred shortly before 2 a.m., and police were summoned after a large fight was reported. According to published reports, four members of the Delta Chi fraternity required medical treatment after sustaining injuries.

Witnesses saw Castro-Fields and Fessler involved in the fight, leading both to be cited. Each was ordered to pay a $200 fine and fees.

Castro-Fields, a junior, started three games at cornerback and appeared in all 13 games for the Nittany Lions last season.

Fessler is a sophomore receiver who has yet to appear in a game for PSU. His older brother is former Penn State quarterback Billy Fessler, who’s now a graduate assistant at Mississippi State.

Nelson retiring

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State Associate Athletics Director for Strategic Communications Jeff Nelson, who has promoted the academic and athletic efforts of thousands of Penn State student-athletes for nearly 26 years, has announced he will retire from the University, effective July 31.

“It’s been an incredible 25 years with Penn State Athletics, and I’m excited about what the next chapter will bring for myself and our family,” said Nelson, who joined Penn State Athletics in 1993. “From the very beginning, I’ve felt that everyone at Penn State tries to do things the right way — with integrity, passionate dedication and attention to detail, to provide the greatest experience possible for our students.”

From West Lafayette, Indiana, Nelson served as the football program’s primary communications contact for 22 years, was promoted to assistant athletic director in 2001 and in 2015 was elevated to associate athletic director.

Elsewhere:

n Penn State Athletics announced its Female and Male Student-Athletes of the Year, with NCAA champions Ally McHugh and Bo Nickal earning the honors for the highly successful 2018-19 academic year. McHugh became the first swimmer in Penn State women’s swimming and diving history to win an NCAA individual championship, capturing the 1650 freestyle. Nickal won his third consecutive NCAA wrestling title (this one at 197 pounds).

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