PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Penn State Reportedly Rescinded Dorian Hardy’s Scholarship As Details Emerge About Post-Practice Brawl

After it was reported earlier Friday that four-star New Jersey defensive end Dorian Hardy is no longer committed to Penn State, sources “close to the Nittany Lions program” told NJ.com that the school rescinded the scholarship offer.

This came after more details emerged that during the post-practice fight at Paramus Catholic High School between four players and an assistant coach last Friday, one player eventually was forced to go to the hospital, diagnosed with a concussion after suffering a seizure Wednesday.

Hardy’s father tells the story that his son intervened in a fight between two players that started when one of the players, 14-year-old freshman Miles Mitchell, hit senior Central Michigan commit Jonathan Clark with a swing of his helmet. Hardy’s father said that his son was punched twice by assistant coach Michael Mitchell, father of Miles, during the brawl.

Michael Mitchell tells a different story — saying that Hardy and Clark started the fight. A parent of the fourth player involved in the fight, freshman Joshua Hernandez, indicated that the altercation began when Hardy instructed her son to do pull down his jersey, and then Hardy became the aggressor with Clark when he didn’t do the request fast enough.

The elder Mitchell said that his son stepped in to help Hernandez and struck Clark in the back with his helmet after the two seniors attempted to choke and shove Hernandez, hitting his head into the wall. Once the younger Mitchell intervened, former Penn State commit Hardy landed at least two punches on him.

“They tried to kill my son,” Michael Mitchell told NJ.com. “I just hope he makes it through this and isn’t hurt for the rest of his life.”

Michael Michell was involved in the fight, but said he did not punch Hardy, which was backed up by the police report. He was fired from his coaching job after the brawl.

Hardy’s parents are standing by the story that Hardy was not the aggressor and was protecting teammate Clark, with Hardy’s mother telling NJ.com “I don’t understand why my son gets suspended, his scholarship may be in jeopardy, when another kid [Miles Mitchell] used a weapon and hit somebody upside the head.”

Police reports indicate that two unnamed players were in a fight that two other players and assistant coach Mitchell intervened in. It also stated a 14-year-old player, presumably the younger Mitchell, had “visible swelling to his face.”

Neither Hardy nor Clark are enrolled at Paramus Catholic anymore.

This would not be the first time Penn State rescinded a scholarship offer following a scandal. The Nittany Lions dropped three-star running back/defensive back Myles Hartsfield from its Class of 2015 following the Sayreville (NJ) High School hazing case that saw seven members of the team get arrested, although the names were never released and it’s unclear what Hartsfield’s involvement was.

About the Author

Steve Connelly

Steve Connelly is a junior majoring in PR and an editor for Onward State. He is a proud native of the state of New Jersey, and yes, he is literal trash. He is a soccer fan, nap enthusiast, and chicken tender connoisseur. He tried to be a photographer once, but the only good thing that came out of it is a name for his future sports bar, The Blurry Zamboni. You can follow him on Twitter @slc2o (feel free to slide), email him at [email protected], or come say hi to him in his office, the Irving's basement.

Comments

Athletics

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

The incident surrounding Marche’s death is “under investigation,” according to the Philadelphia police department.

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Penn State Hockey’s Evan Barratt, Aarne Talvitie Participate In World Junior Summer Showcase

Ally McHugh Wins 400 Medley National Championship

Student Life

Penn State Parking Office Runs Into Student Permit Purchase Issues

Students were delayed hours on Tuesday afternoon while trying to purchase on-campus parking permits.

Girirajan Lab Seeks To Bridge The Gap Between Fly And Human Genomes

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

The incident surrounding Marche’s death is “under investigation,” according to the Philadelphia police department.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Madden NFL 19 Ratings For Nittany Lions

For the second consecutive year, Sean Lee is the highest-rated Nittany Lion in the Madden video game.

Send this to a friend