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Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011

Penn State coach Joe Paterno and his son, Jay, the quarterbacks coach, will meet with freshman Rob Bolden today in State College in an effort to change his mind about transferring.

Bolden's father, Robert Bolden Sr., confirmed the meeting, but he said his son isn't interested in continuing his career at Penn State.

"He is unhappy with some things that were going on at Penn State," Bolden Sr. said. "Penn State made the decisions they made, and (Rob) wasn't happy about the decisions that were made, and he decided to move on."

Bolden is the first Penn State freshman in 100 years to begin a season as the starting quarterback.

He started the first seven games before suffering a concussion Oct. 23 against Minnesota. He was replaced by former walk-on Matt McGloin, who played most of the rest of the season.

Bolden didn't play Saturday in a 37-24 loss to Florida in the Outback Bowl, even while McGloin set a school record by throwing five interceptions.

"This is something that has been unfolding in the past couple weeks," Bolden Sr. said.

Bolden Sr. said he spoke to Jay Paterno after the Outback Bowl.

"Jay told me he should stay," he said. "He doesn't feel it's the right decision at this point."

Joe Paterno said Sunday he regrets not using Bolden more frequently after he recovered from the concussion and that he's hoping to have an open competition at quarterback during spring drills.

"Whatever they do in the spring is up to them," Bolden Sr. said. "We are not interested."

Bolden and sophomore quarterback Kevin Newsome have expressed a desire to transfer. If they do, it would leave Penn State with only two scholarship quarterbacks -- McGloin and freshman Paul Jones of Sto-Rox.

Bolden Sr. said he doesn't know where his son will attend next school year, but he hopes it will be a Division I school.

The elder Bolden said he and his son are "grateful" for the opportunities offered by Penn State. Bolden is signed up for classes for the upcoming semester, which starts Monday.

"I refuse to bash Penn State. It was a great benefit for him to be at Penn State," Bolden Sr. said. "It is a wonderful place. It is just one of those things right now."

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