Approximately 25 Penn State players pledged their support to the program in a statement Wednesday morning, saying that the team is "going to stick together through this."
"We just want to let the nation know, we’re proud of who we are,” said senior running back Michael Zordich. “We know it’s not going to be easy, but we know what we’re made of... We’re ready and willing to fight and stick together to get through this thing to the end.
"As a team, we don’t see this as a punishment. We see this as an opportunity. This is the greatest opportunity a Penn Stater could ever be given. We have an obligation to Penn State, and we have the ability to fight for not just a team, not just a program, but an entire university and every man that wore the blue and white out there on the gridiron before us."
Teammate Michael Mauti, a senior linebacker, called the recent events "an opportunity to create our own legacy.”
“This program was not built by one man," Mauti said, "and this program sure as hell is not going to get torn down by one man."