Penn State Responds To Sports Illustrated Article

UNIVERSITY PARK, CENTRE COUNTY - Penn State is responding to an article that's featured on the cover of the latest issue of Sports Illustrated.

The article criticizes Penn State's medical treatment of its student athletes.

"To characterize the medical care Penn State provides our student-athletes as anything other than the highest quality is erroneous.  Access to urgent and quality care for our athletes is no less than where it was at any point in the past 20 years," reads a statement provided by Penn State.

Penn State Head Football Coach Bill O'Brien also issued a statement responding to the article.

"When I was hired as the Head Football Coach at Penn State, I was asked to observe areas of the football program and then make recommendations.  After observing our medical organization in the football program for a full year, I recommended that it would be in the best interests of our program, and most importantly our student-athletes, to make a change in the team physicians," O'Brien wrote. "Nothing about our level or quality of athlete care has changed," he added.

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