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Penn State TE next to signal a transfer; FSU in his future?

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Penn State has already lost two players in the aftermath of the NCAA’s sanctions against the program. The more notable departure is running back Silas Redd to USC, though safety Tim Buckley made the first move by departing for North Carolina State.

There appears to be another departure as of Tuesday evening. The Patriot-News reports junior tight end Kevin Haplea had his name removed from Penn State’s online roster, signaling his intent to transfer. reports that Haplea will transfer to Florida State, although that’s not yet been confirmed.

Haplea caught three passes for 21 yards and a touchdown last season.

Two other players — quarterback Rob Bolden and linebacker Khairi Fortt — have been connected to LSU and Cal respectively, with the former expected to officially join his new team today. Bolden is also no longer on Penn State’s roster, though it’s safe to say that’s connected to his demotion down Penn State’s QB depth chart rather than the NCAA’s sanctions.

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20 Responses to “Penn State TE next to signal a transfer; FSU in his future?”
  1. tommy57 says: Aug 1, 2012 8:02 AM

    Will every PSU transfer be headline news for the foreseeable future? Is this really necessary?

  2. feva4theflava says: Aug 1, 2012 8:34 AM

    @tommy. Haha, agreed.

  3. galvezben says: Aug 1, 2012 9:05 AM

    This just in: The Paterno statue did not move today. We will be live with updates so stick around.

  4. normtide says: Aug 1, 2012 9:51 AM

    Kids who transfer always get written about here, it is a college football blog. PSU fans are being sensitive. Did you expect all this to go away? Kids were raped on your campus, yet your outraged over another transfer story? Any article about PSU, that does not include the word RAPE should be a relief. I used to respect the PSU coach and fans. Respect for joepa piss long gone, and slipping away still for the fans. YOU ARE – classless…..

  5. tommy57 says: Aug 1, 2012 9:51 AM

    Perhaps I was a bit rash in my criticism of Ben’s article. I guess, given the circumstances, all PSU transfers for the next month are newsworthy, and Ben did present the issue in a straightforward manner, whereas previous articles (by others) I thought tended to sensationalize the issue, using descriptive terms such as “bolt” and “the listing Penn State ship.” Journalists who write for publications where the target audience are not Penn State supporters will submit something like “Penn State continues to wallow in the cesspool of their own filth, which is entirely deserved and is of their own making” whereas those who contribute to publications whose target audience is favorable to a PSU recovery will likely submit something like “Penn State bravely continues their noteworthy struggle despite the crippling NCAA sanctions.” This is all entirely predictable; after all, these journalists and publications owe their living to their target audiences and, as we’ve all learned, finance almost always trumps reason and/or truth.

  6. tlmoon2112 says: Aug 1, 2012 9:52 AM

    Sorry, the phrases “Penn State” and “Tight End” should never be used in the same sentence together ever again.

  7. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 1, 2012 9:59 AM

    Nor “wide receiver”.

  8. iloveflorio says: Aug 1, 2012 10:06 AM

    It’s amazing how these kids are being used by these other coaches to add depth. If u have 2 years left, how could u possibly learn new system and beat out younger players who been there longer and know the system. All these transfers, including Silas redd will be wasting their college careers. As far as redd goes he might get drafted but I’m predicting a shaky career at USC if he even plays, dude runs like 4.7, he will be undrafted nfl free agent. Good luck fellas but if ur not a freshman or incoming freshman, it’s a poor decision to transfer now, too close to season and u have no idea what the true depth chart is and what these coaches have coming recruiting wise!!!!

  9. Ben Kercheval says: Aug 1, 2012 10:20 AM

    Allow me to shed some light into the thought process behind the Penn St. transfer posts:

    It’s part of the continuation of the story. The NCAA handed down sanctions and an immediate consequence was that players would be allowed to transfer wherever they wanted without consequence, which is typically against NCAA policy. Silas Redd gets his own post because he’s Silas Redd. The redshirt DB gets his own post because he was officially the first one to depart. Others we will play by ear. Some will be grouped together in a post (there’s one coming later on Bolden and Fortt being official transfers), and others we’ll post in one-liners because their names just aren’t as big or its not official yet.

    I understand it feels like “piling on”, but that’s not the intention and CFT certainly isn’t the only college football blog talking about this.

    We got the same criticism of the pre-Sandusky trial and we’ll continue to get it about whatever else. It’s part of the business.

  10. brewcrewfan54 says: Aug 1, 2012 10:32 AM

    Iloveflorio, these guys have a brand new coach this year who is goong to install his own type of offense and defense. They are essentially at the same spot if they transfer. Not to mention the fact that some guys either start or get plenty of playing time as true freshman. Its all about them putting in the work to know their new playbooks.

  11. ningenito78 says: Aug 1, 2012 10:42 AM

    Yeah I wonder if iloveflorio would still feel Redd and his 4.7 forty would be an undrafted free agent if he stayed at PSU.

  12. therealgts says: Aug 1, 2012 10:47 AM

    Iloveflorio can not be serious. Silas Redd is an extremely good running back and will thrive at USC. A guy doesn’t accidentally run for 1200 yards against big 10 competition. An undrafted NFL player? Yeah right.

  13. packhawk04 says: Aug 1, 2012 11:45 AM

    Obviously, people like iloveflorio would be drooling all over these guys if they stayed. Classy human beings, the ones penn state always recruits, if they stayed.

    But theyre leaving, so now they all suck.

  14. tomthebombtracy says: Aug 1, 2012 11:48 AM

    There are a lot of reasons people will follow this process of current players leaving and recruits reneging.

    For me, it will serve as a benchmark for what could happen to a program so severely punished as Penn State.

    For those who want this all to go away, it aint over til a couple of the fat ladies sing…..Shultz, Curley and maybe even Spanier.

    Deals will be cut, new details to emerge.

    It is sad that JoePa’s not here to defend himself although the whole bloody mess would have probably killed him anyway.

  15. newlydead says: Aug 1, 2012 12:17 PM

    good luck to him, i believe he was sitting at #4 on the depth chart at TE, wasn’t going to get much playing time at PSU (as showed by the 3 catches last year)

    i believe most transfers will be kids who are looking for more playing time in all honesty, except for Redd who even though said his decision was for more than just football, is looking for more exposure which he will get with USC. Redd is a solid dependable RB but i wouldn’t say he is a “franchise” pro back. He lacks breakaway speed and doesn’t have great field vision (missed a lot of holes last year) but is solid. look at his stats from last year, padded against weaker opponents.

    oppnt. yds.
    Indiana State 104
    Indiana 129
    Iowa 142
    Purdue 131
    Northwestern 164
    Illinois 137

    oppnt. yrds
    Alabama 65
    Nebraska 53
    Ohio State 63(with a long of 42)
    Wisconsin 66
    Houston 53(bowl game)

    he is not a game changer, just a solid back. though with all the national coverage given to him over this issue he is now in the eyes of a lot of people a high round draft pick which i don’t think he should/will be.

  16. mungman69 says: Aug 1, 2012 1:22 PM

    Redd has a chance to play for a national championship at USC. He has no such chance at PSU. Other players will also leave since PSU football is more or less dead for many years.

  17. silverdeer says: Aug 1, 2012 4:38 PM

    The fact that Bolden is going to transfer does not surprise me. He has barely been able to stay committed to a school since he was being recruited out of high school.

  18. stairwayto7 says: Aug 1, 2012 4:48 PM

    So far only no name bums left PSU and all the 2013 big name recruits are still coming. Even though they cant go to a bowl, they will play alot early and GET AN EDUCATION!

  19. charlescub80 says: Aug 1, 2012 6:10 PM


    LOL… Isn’t it fun to live in fantasy land.

  20. geo1113 says: Aug 1, 2012 7:23 PM

    So far only no name bums left PSU

    Redd is a no name bum?

    But the real intersting part is what you think of guys who go to Penn State for football and sit on the bench.

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