Taylor's father suspects his son was removed from the team because of the negative backlash from the recent ESPN Outside the Lines segment detailing Penn State's recent off-the-field issues.
"I think it was something how the interview went on ESPN," he said. "The way they chewed [Paterno] up, I don't know if it was him getting revenge. He's very disrespectful. He don't wanna talk, he don't wanna listen."
Not sure how Taylor's dismissal constitutes revenge, but Paterno is 81 and may have mistook him for Jeremy Schaap or something. Or forgotten about it entirely:
Taylor's father said he would talk regularly with Paterno about his son. Paterno, however, would rush Taylor's father off the phone and tell him he had meetings to attend.
Two hours later, Paterno and Taylor's father would resume talking, but the 81-year-old coach would forget he informed the father about the meetings.
Furthermore, Run Up The Score notes a weird assertion from Taylor's father: "I talked to Paterno, we talked about him sitting out for the season. If he was sitting out, he won't be at Penn State." So there are ongoing conversations about putting Taylor back on the team? In what was is this a "dismissal"? RUTS thinks the very idea implies the "dismissals" were knee-jerk reactions to the Outside The Lines story.