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First player officially bolts from Penn State

Tom O'Brien AP

After a week’s worth of speculation and rumor, the first Nittany Lion has jumped from the listing Penn State ship.

In a press release, North Carolina State announced that safety Tim Buckley has transferred from the Nittany Lions to the Wolfpack  Because of the NCAA sanctions, Buckley will be eligible to play immediately in 2012.

Buckley played his high school football in the state, so the move is a homecoming for the defensive back.

“I am excited to be a member of the NC State Wolfpack,” said Buckley in a statement. “The opportunity to come here and play at my state university, so close to home, was something that I couldn’t pass up.”

Buckley, a two-star member of PSU’s 2011 recruiting class, took a redshirt as a true freshman last season.  He will have four years of eligibility remaining.

In addition to Buckley, running back Silas Redd is expected to announce at some point this week — perhaps as early as Tuesday — that he will be transferring to USC.  Suffice to say, the loss of Redd would have a much bigger impact than Buckley’s departure.

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36 Responses to “First player officially bolts from Penn State”
  1. Mr. Jones says: Jul 30, 2012 5:57 PM

    Reblogged this on Sports w/ KJ.

  2. charlescub80 says: Jul 30, 2012 6:29 PM

    Sooooo.. Didnt players from the football team just say this is a great opportunity for them and that they are closer team than ever before??? I guess that was just them blowing smoke up our $&@.

  3. deadeye says: Jul 30, 2012 6:36 PM

    There’s no reason to take pot shots at PSU or the players over the transfers. This was expected.

  4. drewsylvania says: Jul 30, 2012 7:19 PM


  5. iownyou2 says: Jul 30, 2012 7:27 PM

    Oh no not one of our 2 star half scholarship back up safeties!! How is this team ever going to survive! Sorry folks Ill take our two nationally #1 ranked position players that will be arriving next year. And sorry SEC none of our players want to leave for your schools (minus Bolden, please take him LSU)

  6. jimmy53 says: Jul 30, 2012 7:48 PM


    Your #1 ranked position players don’t mean jack when you only have walk-ons behind them. That being said, I’m very impressed with the players who have reaffirmed their commitment to PSU–it takes genuine character to commit to losing for four years.

  7. raysfan1 says: Jul 30, 2012 7:52 PM

    Hey let’s try an experiment with the dolts who think we care when they post “reflagged this” wherever. Everyone who actually went to Mr Jones’ site above, give him a thumbs up, but everyone who did not give him a thumbs down. Maybe when he sees how many downs he gets, he’ll learn we already know if he really had anything of interest to say, he’d just say it here.

  8. polegojim says: Jul 30, 2012 7:55 PM

    Those who stay are doing what they think is best for them.

    Those who leave are doing what they think is best for them.

    It’s not about player loyalty, it’s about reality for either decision.

    @jimmy – “it’s takes geniune character to commit to losing for four years” Is that what you think they’re really doing?

  9. lbijake says: Jul 30, 2012 8:12 PM

    Back ups tranferring for a chance to play is to be understood. Starters transferring, means something else. Redd may transfer for a chance at a National Championship. If more than two or three starters transfer, there may be problems. If two thirds of there commits (2013) stay, this is a good sign.

  10. dman5599 says: Jul 30, 2012 8:57 PM

    It was either NC State or the University of Phoenix. Whatever. No loss. Silas on the other hand…

  11. geo1113 says: Jul 30, 2012 9:59 PM

    dman5599 says:
    Jul 30, 2012 8:57 PM
    It was either NC State or the University of Phoenix. Whatever. No loss.

    That’s a stupid thing to say. After all, Penn State saw fit to recruit him so they had to feel he had something to offer. The kid made a decision for himself. Instead of minimizing it, wish him well.

  12. normtide says: Jul 30, 2012 10:35 PM

    It is only fair to allow these kids to transfer, considering the sanctions PSU are under. That said, I expect most to stay. Maybe a few kids that are looking for playing time.

  13. beavertonsteve says: Jul 30, 2012 10:57 PM

    If Redd does transfer out it will be a blow, but then again, what would the team have done if Redd tore his ACL opening weekend? You don’t quit. You turn to the next guy in line and ask them to do their part. Whether they leave or get injured, in the end the results are the same.

  14. normtide says: Jul 30, 2012 11:14 PM

    Redd won’t make or break either PSU or USC.

  15. tommy57 says: Jul 30, 2012 11:42 PM

    Sadly, John Taylor gives PSU a hint of press coverage for the immediate future: “…officially bolts…” and “…jumped from the listing Penn State ship.” The media feeding frenzy continues.

  16. geo1113 says: Jul 31, 2012 12:02 AM


    It seems like they feel the need to be “witty” all the time, and not only with Penn State. I can’t tell you how often I shake my head at their charatcerizations of events.

  17. goodfieldnohit says: Jul 31, 2012 12:07 AM

    I would have thought that the performance of the US Men’s Gymnastics team would have wiped all articles about State Penn right off the mat.

    John Taylor, you’re a yellow journalist.

  18. dirtyharry1971 says: Jul 31, 2012 12:52 AM

    And you goodfieldnobrains are a moron

    goodfieldnohit says:Jul 31, 2012 12:07 AM

    I would have thought that the performance of the US Men’s Gymnastics team would have wiped all articles about State Penn right off the mat.

    John Taylor, you’re a yellow journalist.

  19. psunick says: Jul 31, 2012 2:52 AM

    Buckley was a walk on. A backup safety.

    Bolden has been threatening to leave for years.

    What? We don’t agree that these two departures signify that the sky is falling? How dare us!

    Sorry, Mr Taylor. Not a bead of sweat has been lost over these two.

  20. tommy57 says: Jul 31, 2012 4:37 AM


    Agree completely. Sadly, sensationalism ‘sells,’ I guess. Political discorse in the USA is mostly counterproductive, in my opinion. Instead of better educating the voters on the various aspects of an issue, the back-and-forth only seems to turn-off all but the rabid. True in sports, too.

  21. florida727 says: Jul 31, 2012 7:13 AM

    Two things…

    1) It makes me laugh when Penn State fans say the departure of a walk-on is no big deal. Probably true enough. But what are you going to say when the next article says Silas Redd is gone?

    2) JT, why the parting shot at the kid? (“Suffice to say, the loss of Redd would have a much bigger impact than Buckley’s departure.”) Even though it’s true because Redd’s a starter and Buckley’s a walk-on backup, was it really necessary? I expected something classier from you… like ending the article after the previous sentence.

  22. mgmac says: Jul 31, 2012 7:24 AM

    this is my take on the psu situation –
    paterno was a good football coach, a very good coach. paterno was a control-freak as many coaches are. paterno was a vindictive s.o.b. as many coaches are. paterno was a narcissist, as many coaches are. paterno was a pedophile enabler and a sorry-ass excuse for a human being as many bishops are (see catholic priests molesting boys)

  23. normtide says: Jul 31, 2012 9:04 AM

    I like how psu fans attack the writers of these stories. Newsflash! Your icon coach and admins allowed a piece of trash to run free on your campus. They knew he was molesting young boys and covered it up, for the sake of football and your icon coach. I don’t blame you for your anger, just who you direct it at. Jeez, yall need to get your heads on straight.

  24. dkhhuey says: Jul 31, 2012 11:03 AM

    I find it funny that PSU fans are brushing off the 2 star walk on leaving as nothing – considering your current plight of a 65 man roster and 15 new scholarships, it will be these 2 star walk ons that you will be depending on for depth and warm bodies over the next 5 – 6 years!

  25. tommy57 says: Jul 31, 2012 11:08 AM


    Thanks for the clarification. I thought some in the media might just be using the circumstances you describe to enhance their own journalistic reputation by submitting articles that provide no new information or contribute to a meaningful and constructive ‘way forward’ for PSU or for the victims, but only serve to provide additional and heightened sensationalization to a circumstance where all the facts are known – but I guess that couldn’t happen, could it?. My head’s on straight now.

  26. tommy57 says: Jul 31, 2012 11:14 AM


    What, in your opinion, would be the appropriate response?

  27. pitt4059 says: Jul 31, 2012 12:27 PM

    I think it was admirable for the players to say they were going to stick together and stay at PSU. I also think it was stupid. Any young starter or top recruit that stays committed to PSU is only going to be cheating himself. They signed with Penn State to play big time college football with the chance to play for a national championship and play in a bowl game. The have none of that now. Penn State will be nothing but an afterthought score on the news at night, ESPN, and the newspapers. I believe they will have enough talent staying to win 4-5 games this season. However, next year will be a different story as the blue chip recruits will not commit to PSU. Next year, they will be lucky to win 2 games. Also, this kid leaving for NC State will not be the last one. I am from Western PA and know of two others who are also actively looking at other schools. PSU will lose at least 6 players this year and maybe up to 8 or10 or. And next year, when the remaining kids see where they could have been playing, they will lose another 6-10 scholarship players. Penn States record by year 3 will be at best 1-9. Year 4, 0-10. Year 5, 0-10. It will take them a minimum of 7 years before they break .500 again. The only recruits they are going to get for the next 3 years are kids that got shut out from scholarships to MAC schools or Division 2 caliber players. Especially once the empty seats start appearing next year and there after.By year 4, I can see the stadium being only half full. Don’t overestimate Penn State loyalty. Nobody likes a loser.

  28. polegojim says: Jul 31, 2012 12:52 PM

    WOW –

    JT – how DARE you actually report “NCAA College News” on “College Football Talk”.

    @goodfield and other PSU sour grapes fans… if you want to read about ‘Mens Olympics’, then log on to ‘Olympic Event Talk’ instead of COLLEGE FOOTBALL TALK.

    You see, on COLLEGE FOOTBALL TALK, we talk about COLLEGE FOOTBALL issues.

    Even with the sanctions… the last time I checked, PSU COLLEGE FOOTBALL recruits and commits are still part of COLLEGE FOOTBALL news, right?

  29. polegojim says: Jul 31, 2012 12:55 PM

    @tommy57 – actually I can answer for DK, he permits it at times like this.

    How about – ‘it’s too bad he’s leaving’, or ‘wish he would have stuck it out’, rather than ‘good riddance- he’s a piece of crap recruit anyways’.

    If he was such a waste of time… then why did PSU recruit him in the first place???

  30. tommy57 says: Jul 31, 2012 12:57 PM


    You present what is, to me, a fairly accurate prediction of PSU football’s future. I think NCAA designed it exactly this way. I just don’t understand how this will punish Graham Spanier, Tim Curley, or Gary schultz?

  31. normtide says: Jul 31, 2012 1:14 PM

    @tommy57- this is not tmz, nor some shock jock. Maybe he should let some psu admins screen his column, for whats best for the football team. See what I did there? Hell, if I was a psu fan, I would love any column that was not revealing more dirt.

  32. pitt4059 says: Jul 31, 2012 1:16 PM

    The punishment doesn’t affect Spanier, Curley, or Schultz. The current players are paying the price for those three guy’s bad decisions. All the more reason to transfer in my opinion. Why stay and get punished for something you had no part of?

    Let me say this before anybody thinks I’m bashing PSU. I like PSU football. I really do. But the reality of it all is things are going to get really bad for a long while before they ever get good again.

  33. blueinok says: Jul 31, 2012 2:02 PM

    I expected kids to transfer, especially if those kids went to high school other than in PA. Pitt hit the nail on the head with the current players paying the price for the three stooges bad decision.

  34. 11jlacy says: Jul 31, 2012 2:21 PM

    Yeah redd is usc bound.

  35. dkhhuey says: Jul 31, 2012 2:56 PM

    @pole – spot on mate!!!

  36. pitt4059 says: Jul 31, 2012 3:12 PM

    Just read a story that LB Hull may go to University of Pittsburgh. He wasn’t even one of the two I heard were looking to leave. Hmm, there may be more leaving than I thought.

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