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NCAA clarifies PSU transfer rules


Despite all the sanctions the NCAA levied on Penn State yesterday, it’s tough to argue it didn’t do just about everything it could to give PSU’s players a clearly marked escape route in the event they want to transfer. Because the Nittany Lions will not be eligible for a Big Ten title or bowl game any time soon, not to mention the steep scholarship reductions, it’s not too hard to believe there will be more than a few players who take advantage of the chance to move on.

The NCAA took the liberty of clarifying the transfer policies regarding the situation. You can read the whole release HERE, but below are some of the highlights:

  • Current PSU football players can transfer to any NCAA school (all divisions) during the 2012-13 academic year and be immediately eligible, including those who transfer mid-season. Those players just have to be academically eligible. The deadline for this exemption is preseason camp in 2013. NCAA transfer rules normally mandate that an athlete sit out a year if they transfer between Division 1-A programs.
  • Any incoming player can be released from his National Letter of Intent and will be allowed to compete immediately without being considered a transfer.
  • Permission-to-contact rules are suspended. Penn State cannot prevent players from being re-recruited so long as the athlete and interested schools inform Penn State first.
  • Off-campus and telephone recruiting rules have been suspended until the first day of classes for Penn State on Aug. 27. Additionally, official visit rules have been loosened.
  • If a player transfers to another school this fall after it has already reached its scholarship limit for the 2012-13 academic year, the new school may exceed that limit provided it proportionally reduces scholarship numbers for the 2013-14 academic year. In other words, if the new school signed 25 players in 2012 and a PSU transfer gives it 26, that school can still take in the transfer so long as it only signs 24 players next signing class.
  • However, if a school is facing scholarship reductions because of NCAA sanctions — USC, for example — it can still add the transfer as long as it doesn’t exceed the limits specified in its infractions ruling.
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11 Responses to “NCAA clarifies PSU transfer rules”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Jul 24, 2012 6:42 PM

    Ben: Thanks for the update on free agency that has been granted to Penn State players.

    I would expect many college coaches to be making stealth advances for some players and not notifying the press since they would only have to notify PSU prior to the contacts. I think these coaches will not want other coaches in the Big 10 or other conferences to know which players they are going after until they are “officially” signed.

    Veteran PSU players leaving, recruits not coming, sponsors withdrawing, PSU in debt $1 billion (how was that done?)…things do not look good now and won’t look good for a long time to come at Penn State.

  2. thraiderskin says: Jul 24, 2012 7:09 PM

    Wow… thanks, I was wondering if this PSU penalty could be used by other schools to circumvent their penalty.

  3. irishdodger says: Jul 24, 2012 7:34 PM

    Guess that leaves out USC b/c of their probation & I’m assuming no scholarships available.

  4. jh4prez says: Jul 24, 2012 7:38 PM

    How is state in debt 1 billion?

  5. jc327 says: Jul 24, 2012 7:47 PM


  6. rickrock6661982 says: Jul 24, 2012 8:14 PM

    Penn State fans can take solace in knowing that no one will take their QB’s

  7. chuckmuncie says: Jul 24, 2012 8:36 PM

    …..and The Paterno family wants an explanation.

  8. Deb says: Jul 24, 2012 10:23 PM

    Good for PSU’s players. I hope the ones with pro prospects all get solid opportunities with other major programs. None of this was their fault, and they don’t deserve to have their NFL dreams sidelined by corrupt university officials.

  9. tommy57 says: Jul 25, 2012 12:06 AM

    Many other PSU programs (academic and atheltic) benefited from the revenue generated from the football program. These programs will now suffer. So, the football players have the opportunity to continue their career at another university without penality while those in the other programs are denied such opportunities. The NCAA penalties, although satisfying for the PSU haters, seem mis-directed to me. If the players were not to blame and can transfer, is the NCAA saying that the participants in the other programs were involved and must suffer? Lets be fair here – PSU as a whole is suffering, and not just financially, and none of them were involved.

  10. alligatorsnapper says: Jul 25, 2012 8:03 AM

    Philadelphia newspapers and online news services revealed what PSU owes $1 billion for:

    “So Moody’s is weighing whether to cut Penn State’s Aa1 bond rating on $1 billion the university owes investors. Lower ratings typically mean higher borrowing costs. That would squeeze Penn State’s expansive budget, which already charges higher tuition {~$30K/yr} than many other state-subsidized U.S. colleges.”

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    Bonds would be issued for construction projects, like dorms, student centers, stadiums, roads, etc.

  11. Deb says: Jul 25, 2012 1:16 PM

    @tommy57 …

    They all should be able to transfer. Sorry, I’m a football fan and seldom think beyond football.

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