Penn State rugby team suspended amid arson claims

AP News
Posted: Mar 21, 2014 4:37 PM

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State has suspended its men's rugby team amid claims two players torched the team's storage shed and an investigation that revealed what police call the team's discontent with its coach.

The university said Friday the team has been placed on summary suspension from practice and competition and a judicial review of the case has begun.

Two rugby team members are charged with arson and other crimes stemming from a Jan. 15 fire that destroyed an equipment shed for the rugby and cross-country teams. The fire caused more than $30,000 in damage.

Police investigators say the fire stemmed from a general "discontent" with the team and how it was being managed.

Head coach Don Ferrell has declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.