Penn State's chances in the CompUSA Florida Citrus Bowl received a jolt Saturday when Joe Paterno announced that star wideout Joe Jurevicius is not making the trip to the Sunshine State and described the status of All-America tailback Curtis Enis as uncertain.
Always on the academic bubble, Jurevicius apparently has allowed his five-year career to end as a classroom casualty.
Enis also could miss the game -- by way of an NCAA suspension -- if charges of improper contact with a sports agent prove true.
Jurevicius, the Lions' leading receiver this season, skipped practice last spring to concentrate on academics. At the start of this season, he thanked Paterno for the time off and vowed to his teammates that his "No. 1 priority was football."
"I did not bring Jurevicius on the trip," Paterno said at a news conference upon his arrival in Florida, "because he didn't do a good job academically."
Also Saturday, Paterno confronted the allegation that Enis had allowed a sports agent to purchase a suit for him on Dec. 6 in Harrisburg.
If the allegation is true, the NCAA would likely suspend Enis from the bowl game, which pits No. 11 Penn State against sixth-ranked Florida.
The absence of Jurevicius and Enis from the lineup certainly would dent Penn State's hopes. Enis, a junior who is already the third-best rusher in school history, ran for 1,363 yards this season and accounted for 215 on receptions. Jurevicius caught 39 passes for 817 yards.
Combined, the pair accumulated 2,395 of the Lions' 5,910 all-purpose yardage.
Sports information director Jeff Nelson said Saturday that Penn State will investigate the charge regarding Enis.
Harrisburg station WHTM-TV reported Friday night that Houston-based agent Jeff Nalley bought a $400 suit at a Harrisburg-area clothing store Dec. 6 for Enis to wear to an ESPN college football awards show on Dec. 11. The station quoted unidentified sources and showed a credit card receipt. Nalley is the agent for former Nittany Lion Kim Herring of the Baltimore Ravens.
Enis attended the awards show because he was one of three nominees for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's top college runner.
Nebraska player suspended
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Brandon Drum was suspended indefinitely from Nebraska's football team following a racially charged fight at a local bar in which he broke a man's nose.
The reserve defensive tackle, who is white, was ticketed early Friday for third-degree misdemeanor assault after reportedly head-butting a black patron of Guitars and Cadillacs bar. He also is accused of making racial slurs during what witnesses said was an unprovoked attack.
Drum is set to appear in Lancaster County Court on Jan. 15.