Micah Parsons Penn State Locker Room 2018

Full title: ISAIAH HUMPHRIES, Plaintiff, v. THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY; JAMES FRANKLIN; and DAMION BARBER, Defendants.

Court: United States District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania

Date published: Sep 24, 2021

Facts

Isaiah Humphries arrived at Penn State University in January 2018, fresh off an award-winning Texas high school career. As a prep star, the 6-foot, 195-pound safety was highly recruited and received scholarship offers from some thirty-odd schools. Penn State entered the sweepstakes during Humphries’s sophomore year, with Head Coach James Franklin offering Humphries a full athletic scholarship in February 2016. The nearly two years that followed featured the pageantry now attendant to big-time college football recruiting. Humphries traveled north several times to visit the campus, speak with coaches, and attend recruiting events. And Franklin and his staff reciprocated: making the journey to Texas once to take in one of Humphries’ high school games from the bleachers; and again, just over a month later, to visit him at his home.

Issues

Decision

Humphries’ latest complaint must be his last complaint. He’s had four tries. If he could have alleged facts to support his various claims, he would have done so by now. I therefore find that further amendment would be futile and that it would be improper to require Penn State and Franklin to defend against these claims yet again. Penn State and Franklin’s motion to dismiss Count I, Count II, Count IV, Count V, and Count VIII with prejudice is granted.

An appropriate Order follows. 

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