As I'm sure you've read Pat Devlin has officially left the program. He is out, which was his decision. He won't play in the Rose Bowl, which was Joe's decision. BSD has a great post up about the situation. I will toss in my two cents.
First, we should all be sad to see Pat go. He was a big time recruit and it was great to get him to Happy Valley. He was more than capable as a back up. When Pat came into the game I didn't feel nervous about the situation. It was certainly a luxury to have a back-up in which you had complete confidence. I understand that Pat wants more playing time and lets all hope that the grass is in fact greener on the other side of the fence. Good luck, PD.
Second, PSU hasn't lost a whole lot. We lost a guy who was never able to break his way into the starting role at PSU nor does it seem likely that PD would have seen an increase in time next year. It should also be remembered that this is the second time Devlin has changed his mind about what university he wanted to attend. PSU was his silver medal and can it be said that he was ever truly happy with that decision?
Third, Devlin is not leaving PSU in the lurch for the Rose Bowl. Yes, the Lions are now thin at QB, however, as stated above Joe made the decision that Pat wouldn't be on the Roster for the game. This is a decision I completley agree with.
Yesterday, according to another source close to the team, Paterno asked Devlin if he had reached a verdict. The sophomore said he had not. Paterno made the decision for him, and by the end of the day, Devlin's locker was cleaned out.
You don't wanna play next year? Fine. You are indecisive about whether you want to play in a huge, nationally televised game, against a great opponnent? Fuck you. You are gone. Good job, Joe. You are in charge. Devlin wants to go, let him go. I think this situation could be viewed as a microcosm of Devlin's time at PSU. Talented? Certainly. Committed to the team? Maybe not so much.
GO STATE! BEAT THE TROJANS!