Penn State Football Fall Out Minimal So Far

Penn State Football Fall Out Minimal So Far


Penn State has been bracing for a possible run of players from its vaunted football program, but just over a week after the NCAA handed down its sanctions the fall out has been rather mild thus far. The NCAA is allowing current football players to transfer to other schools immediately without losing eligibility and so far two players have officially left. Another player, quarterback Rob Bolden is now at LSU, but he was off the team before the sanctions were announced.

NCAA Sanctions

The NCAA’s sanctions follow a cover up by Penn State officials with an ongoing child abuse scandal involving assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky was found to have molested several young boys, engaging in homosexual behavior with them in the school’s locker room.

Sandusky was convicted in June and awaits sentencing. In the interim, the school released a 271-page report from former FBI head Louis Freeh detailing its neglect in reporting Sandusky to authorities. That report implicated the late Joe Paterno, the university’s football coach for 46 years. Paterno died in January following a battle with lung cancer.

Confirmed Transfers

On Monday, second-safety Tim Buckley became the first player to leave the Nittany Lions. Buckley, a Penn State walk-on, was recruited by N.C. State while in high school. He has received a scholarship at N.C. State and brings four years of eligibility to the Wolfpack reports the Boston Herald.

The USC Trojans announced on Tuesday that Nittany Lion rightback, Silas Redd, has transferred to its program. Redd ran for 1,241 yards last season and scored seven touchdowns. He was an all-Big Ten conference second team player last year and has two years of eligibility remaining. Ironically, the Trojans know what it is like to be slapped with NCAA sanctions, losing several players in 2010 when the athletic governing body cracked down on its own program.

Pending Transfers

Another player, Kevin Haplea, may be on the verge of leaving the Nittany Lions too. As of this writing his departure has not been confirmed, but the Orlando Sentinel says he will play at Florida State this fall. The junior tight end has two years of eligibility remaining.

Other players that are reportedly considering moving, but have yet to announce their departure including Khari Forte and Jamil Pollard. Forte may be heading to California and Pollard is reportedly looking at Rutgers. Pollard, a West Deptford, N.J. resident, was listed as a defensive tackle. His transfer announcement is likely to be made official today.

NCAA Rules

Football players have until Penn State’s first day of class, August 27, to transfer from the State College, Penn. university. Once the window of opportunity closes feature transferees will have to abide by NCAA rules and sit out a season before becoming eligible to play. The Nittany Lions open their 2012 season at home on September 1 against Ohio University.


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