Student who plays PSU mascot cited for drinking

The Penn State Nittany Lion mascot is body passed up the student section at Beaver Stadium during the second half of their football game against Buffalo on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007 in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

September 1, 2010 1:22:17 PM PDT
The man behind the mascot at Penn State is in trouble with the law.

State College police issued an underage drinking summons August 24 to Clint Gyory. He was also cited for public drunkenness and criminal mischief on August 1.

Gyory was supposed to don the brown Nittany Lion costume for Saturday's opener against Youngstown State. But athletic department officials say he's been suspended for a month.

Penn State cheerleading coach Curtis White said in a statement this week that Gyory regrets his actions.

An athletic department spokesman says someone else will wear the brown Nittany Lion costume this month and appear at all football games and other scheduled events.

Another student who played the mascot was suspended for the 2009 Rose Bowl against Michigan State after a DUI charge.