Sports Illustrated is expected to publish a story Wednesday that is critical of the medical care that the Penn State football team is receiving, according to spokesman Jeff Nelson.
Nelson said late Tuesday night that the story suggests that the care the football team is not at the same level this year as it was in 2012. The story was not available online late Tuesday night.
“To characterize the medical care Penn State provides our student-athletes as anything other than the highest quality is erroneous,” a school-issued statement said. “Access to urgent and quality care for our athletes is no less than where it was at any point in the past 20 years.
“We provided Sports Illustrated with facts and date that demonstrate our commitment to our student-athletes and how we compare to other peer institutions. Instead, the article sensationalizes in order to insinuate lower standards.”
In late February, Wayne Sebastianelli, the football team’s doctor since 1992, was replaced by Peter Seidenberg, who’s affiliated with the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Sebastianelli has remained employed as Penn State’s director of athletic medicine.