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Vols looking to poach Penn State players, too

Tennessee Spring Football AP

Last night it was reported that Lane Kiffin and USC were interested in Penn State running back Silas Redd transferring to the Trojans, although the coach refused to confirm interest at the Pac-12’s media days today.

One coach, though, has publicly confirmed his school’s interest in current Nittany Lions and, ironically enough, it’s the man who replaced Kiffin at Tennessee.

Speaking at a rotary club meeting, and by way of the Knoxville News Sentinel, Vols head coach Derek Dooley confirmed that he and his staff have been in contact with several PSU players, although he refused to divulge the names or even the positions they play.

“We’ve analyzed (Penn State’s) roster,” Dooley said, something that 123 other FBS head coaches would publicly or privately say as well. “We’ve had some communication with some of the players.”

This isn’t Dooley’s first rodeo when it comes to situations like this. ¬†Two years ago, Malik Jackson transferred from USC to UT and was permitted to play immediately as the Trojans’ own NCAA sanctions allowed juniors or seniors to transfer without sitting out a year.

As part of the NCAA’s sanctions on Penn State, any current player regardless of class status as well as any incoming freshman will be permitted to transfer to any school — including those in the Big Ten — without sitting out the 2012 season.

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31 Responses to “Vols looking to poach Penn State players, too”
  1. kiopta1 says: Jul 24, 2012 3:27 PM

    Really who wouldn’t pouch if you have a need and a willing player? I am surprised Meyer hasn’t yet…or even BK from ND since they need a corner.

  2. fnc111 says: Jul 24, 2012 3:45 PM

    I hope Kelly gets off his arse and gets a CB, a good one off that penn state roster, or I will start to wonder if he cares about winning at ND!

  3. gopokes0714 says: Jul 24, 2012 3:47 PM

    Honestly I am surprised we have heard this from at least a dozen schools at this point. Schools are just days away from camp and you would think they would want the transfers settled before camp.

    But then again I understand Coach Gundy’s point of view as well. Today at the Big 12 media days, when asked about possible interest, he stated that in the past they haven’t had a whole lot of luck with transfers and prefer to have players come up through their system. I could see most coaches having that POV, unless you are desperate at a position.

    So I wonder just how much opportunity will be out there for the Penn St players. Hopefully things work out best for them, and I guess we will see soon enough.

  4. gopokes0714 says: Jul 24, 2012 3:48 PM

    *haven’t heard

  5. righton989 says: Jul 24, 2012 3:50 PM

    If you are a PSU football player with aspirations to play in the big leagues you would be wise to transfer to a program that can offer you bowl game venues to showcase your skills. If you are a student why would you want to have the tainted PSU brand on your resume when you can transfer to a reputable university.

  6. thraiderskin says: Jul 24, 2012 3:54 PM

    I’m sure a lot of schools feel mostly-totally comfortable with their current rosters versus Penn States’. Not saying they (psu) don’t have good talent, just that their talent might match up very closely to what some school already have.

  7. thraiderskin says: Jul 24, 2012 3:55 PM

    or its the calm before the storm…

  8. gopokes0714 says: Jul 24, 2012 3:58 PM



    Plus as a coach you have to think about your team dynamic and how bringing a guy in to compete for a starting job just days before camp will effect the team mentality.

    You would hope that the incoming Penn St players would be well received, but when he is there to take your buddy, or roommates job it would be a tough pill to swallow

  9. alligatorsnapper says: Jul 24, 2012 4:01 PM

    I think some coaches are a little more discrete with their recruiting of Penn State players, rather than let their opponents know of their intentions.

    This may well be the case with Meyer et al until they actually have the players. There will be a mass exodus as posted earlier, and in the midst of this exodus the recruiting for Penn State will fall off to almost nothing, along with many sponsors (State Farm is the first?).

    This will be a treasure trove for other coaches, especially the Big 10.

  10. psuravens19 says: Jul 24, 2012 4:04 PM

    Look at all these other schools and their fans… All excited and giddy about getting players from the PSU Roster…. and why? To make their team better and earn more money.

    It’s all about the program, not just at Penn State.

  11. stairwayto7 says: Jul 24, 2012 4:08 PM

    Wow trolls, you always say Penn State sucks but now your teams want PSU players?

  12. gopokes0714 says: Jul 24, 2012 4:09 PM


    what? lol

    One guy mentioned wanting a player, and most the comments are questioning the actual interest in players.

  13. gopokes0714 says: Jul 24, 2012 4:13 PM

    wow Penn St fans have some hard core goggles on.

    There is a difference of wanting players for your team, and wanting a good outcome for these players effected.

    But its whatever, let the Penn St fans vent utter nonsense , I guess we wont have to hear from them much longer.

  14. mungman69 says: Jul 24, 2012 4:14 PM

    Give them a chance.

  15. vols84 says: Jul 24, 2012 4:21 PM

    I’d say the Vols would like their all conference kicker, since ours just kick line drives

  16. dietrich43 says: Jul 24, 2012 4:23 PM

    I’m surprised that all the teams didn’t fax PSU a statement, “We might talk to any of the following players:” and then follow it with their complete roster.

  17. gotampabay52 says: Jul 24, 2012 4:27 PM

    hope Vols get some players

  18. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 24, 2012 4:35 PM

    Lol now everyone is worried about the players. Coaches are worried about their programs. NCAA changed nothing other than for the public to say noone will mess around now. There will be major football violations sooner than later. Too much $$ involved.

  19. thetooloftools says: Jul 24, 2012 4:44 PM

    If I was a player, there is just NO WAY I would remain at Penn State. Yes, it’s not the players fault, but it was the head coach, A.D., CFO’s, and Prez. I would be on the next bus out of town because none of them signed up to play on a team who’s reputation is just shredded. If they leave now they can be associated with another program and can really move on with their lives. I mean, their are more trials to come. More dirt to be dug up. This thing is not going to be over FOR YEARS. I would move on and let Penn State fight their own fires. I hope those players remember… it’s business. Don’t let them victimize you by making you pay for the mess they created. I would be outta their. They allowed children to be raped so it would hurt recruiting. Recruiting even you. Wrap your mind around that for a moment.

  20. santolonius says: Jul 24, 2012 5:49 PM

    cleaning up penn state is a dirty business.

  21. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Jul 24, 2012 5:53 PM

    Other teams can try, but they’re not going to get too many players to leave Happy Valley. The team is going to band together and fight through this, like anyone who isn’t a coward would. They won’t get to play in bowl games, they won’t get as many scholarships as they normally would, but you can be damn sure they will stand up and go out fighting. So far the list of players staying is very, very long, and the list of players leaving is very, very short. Coach O’Brien is in this for the long haul, and so are most of the current players as well as many of the new recruits. We’ll win as many games as we can, and know what we earned. We are Penn State.

  22. bunyanj says: Jul 24, 2012 6:13 PM

    Who cares where the players go?

    I think PSU should erect a statue of Bobby Bowden to replace the one of JoePa, dadgummit.

  23. thraiderskin says: Jul 24, 2012 6:13 PM

    @anonymouslyanonymouscommentor, you’re a tool. Not one of the players that MAY leave is a coward. No one signed up for this mess and those who leave have every right to play for college football’s ultimate goal. Now I’ve stood fast in defending PSU versus the NCAA, but the garbage you wrote is insane. If any of the players are real competitors, they’ll look for a school where they have the opportunity to compete.

  24. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Jul 24, 2012 6:18 PM

    Say what you want. I have a deep love for Penn State football, and I know what I would do if I was in their shoes. A lot of the players at Penn State bleed blue and white, and just because we can’t compete in bowl games or recruit as many players doesn’t mean they can’t go out there every Saturday and represent their university. Bowl championships, wins, national titles…they don’t compare to character. Not even close.

  25. ddmcd1974 says: Jul 24, 2012 6:32 PM

    I think if one is good enough for the nfl and stays and proves his mettle by trying rebuild penn st than that would add to ones character. Do bowl games besides the national champ cement nfl spots? Even then it doesn’t mean that much. Obrien is there to teach guys how to play for the nfl. Staying there and rebuilding through adversity will do many good.

  26. dolphins4 says: Jul 24, 2012 7:20 PM

    It’s like a pack of wolves after an injured sheep.

  27. kupski says: Jul 24, 2012 8:46 PM

    stairwayto7 says: Jul 24, 2012 4:08 PM

    “Wow trolls, you always say Penn State sucks but now your teams want PSU players”

    Tough shitski Stairway. Those quality players on that team that are looking for a possible N.F.L. exposure sure as hell are not going to get it from being a Pedo U . I am glad their moving or get a chance to better their own lives. Good for them !

    Get out of that place before is falls apart faster than a leper in a hot tub!

  28. mattlion says: Jul 24, 2012 10:08 PM

    I’m a penn state grad (’00) and I wouldn’t blame the players that leave one bit. The ones that stick it out will be admired and cheered on as the team marches to a 9th-12th place Big 10 finish, but if you want to win games, Happy Valley isn’t going to be the place for that.

    However – BEFORE all of the sh!t hit the fan, this was still a fringe, at best, bowl team. Maybe a 7-5/6-6 type team with an outside shot to go 9-3. The roster is not nearly as deep as it was just 3-4 years ago.

    A few players might actually make a mistake by leaving if they’re looking for playing time, especially this close to the start of a season.

  29. dretwann says: Jul 24, 2012 11:10 PM

    If you think the schools legal, social and political issues will have any impact on a students resume and employment prospects, you clearly have no idea what you are talking about and are coming purely from an emotional perspective. The issues surrounding PSU has NOTHING to do with the quality of that school’s educational program. I think if people would be rational, comments like righton989 would not be made.

  30. houndofthebaskervols says: Jul 25, 2012 2:16 AM

    I’ve seen the list, its 4 LBs, the kicker, and Redd. Thats where UT needs the most help.

    The reason they need that help is because Tennessee is basically just coming off what amounted to a multi year probation i.e Fulmer’s last 4 years, Kiffin, and the loss of 45 scholarship players in the back to back to transition to Derek Dooley.

    I had personally hoped the SEC had made a statement about this situation and encouraged member schools to leave PSU’s current roster alone, but alas….

  31. ermur22 says: Jul 25, 2012 11:58 PM

    We are Penn State? Please….u should be embarrassed…cut ties with that piece of shit university and fast….it is not honorable what their doing..PSU should concentrate on education not football…that what got them in this mess anyway

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