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Nowicki continues Penn State exodus with official move to Illini

Tim Beckman AP

As expected, Penn State has lost yet another player to transfer.

Rumored for the past few days, Illinois officially announced Monday afternoon that offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki has transferred into the football program.  Thanks to NCAA sanctions, Nowicki will be eligible to play immediately in 2012.

The redshirt freshman, a three-star member of the Nittany Lions’ 2011 recruiting class, becomes the first Penn State player to transfer within the conference.

“This gives Ryan an opportunity to play at the state school of where he lived as a young boy,” Illini head coach Tim Beckman said in a statement. “Ryan grew up in Chicago and still has many family members living in the city. We are glad to have him on our team for this season, and we are excited to see him compete in Rantoul this week.”

Nowicki practiced with his new team during the first day of summer camp earlier today.

All told, Penn State has lost eight players — both current and incoming freshman — since NCAA sanctions were announced two weeks ago today.  A ninth, wide receiver Justin Brown, is expected to officially transfer to Oklahoma in the not-too-distant future.

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19 Responses to “Nowicki continues Penn State exodus with official move to Illini”
  1. showerswithsandusky says: Aug 6, 2012 8:24 PM

    Uncle Jerry is not there to wash his back (and front) anymore

  2. bigd88 says: Aug 6, 2012 8:32 PM

    So Illinois sent 8 coaches on PSU campus all week… and all they get to show for it was an offensive lineman that didn’t even make the depth chart?

    Beckman, take some notes from Kiffin next time. You go to the player’s family, and get him to come to your school on a weekend visit. And then you get them. You don’t stand outside of their dorm room windows like desperate 16 year olds throwing pebbles at their window, begging them to come to your school.

    And I say that as a PSU fan. Also, how about CFT run a story about how 93% of the team stayed? Doesn’t fit the narrative? “Exodus?”

  3. dmvtransplant says: Aug 6, 2012 8:37 PM

    So this kid goes to Illinois seriously? They never win anything, except bowl games nobody watches Kraft Fight Homelessness bowl. The one time in the last 30 yrs they go to Rose Bowl and they get killed by USC. Looks like some young man is looking to win 7 games a year and earn a bowl ring, no one would ever want to see. Good Luck trying to beat Wisconsin, Ohio State or Purdue for that matter.

  4. ningenito78 says: Aug 6, 2012 8:41 PM

    ^ your a PSU fan? Really? I was stunned when you gave ‘full disclosure’ there.

  5. roundup5 says: Aug 6, 2012 8:41 PM

    Is there a cut-off date where no more can transfer,
    or does this go on forever?

  6. ningenito78 says: Aug 6, 2012 8:43 PM

    It goes and goes and goes. Haha.

  7. gundog06 says: Aug 6, 2012 8:43 PM

    I agree. 10 guys leave…90 guys stay. Not exactly a “mass departure”.

  8. dannythebisforbeast says: Aug 6, 2012 8:48 PM

    Apparently forever. Wish nothing but the worst for the Illini and the carpetbagger coach.

  9. rubbernilly says: Aug 6, 2012 9:24 PM

    It can go until this time next year… or, for an individual player, until he enters the game for Penn State.

    There is a great deal of speculation, then, that a *LOT* of bodies are going to be shuffled through in their first game this season… basically putting to rest any further nuisance of coaches recruiting PSU players.

  10. psu4me says: Aug 6, 2012 9:43 PM

    Once a player participates in preseason practice they can no longer transfer without penalty. Im not sure when the transfer window opens again because they can transfer the 2013 offseason too and Im not sure how incoming 2013 recruits would be affected.

  11. frank booth says: Aug 6, 2012 9:57 PM

    Penn State is fortunate that the sanctions were levied deep into the summer- there would be a lot more leaving if there were more scholarships available, less solidified rosters, etc.

  12. drexelvol says: Aug 6, 2012 9:57 PM

    It’s not mass departure, but it’s 12% of their scholarship players.

  13. polegojim says: Aug 7, 2012 12:31 AM

    BigD and GunDog…

    I know it’s painful… but however you want to slice the cake… it’s STILL in pieces when you’re done.

    Guys are leaving and it ain’t over.

    It’s not just CFT… it’s national news because it’s fall out. Sorry man, just the way it is.

    News about who ‘stayed’ may be published… as soon as we all know who actually DID stay.

  14. steeler1nation says: Aug 7, 2012 1:19 AM

    dannythebisforbeast says:
    Aug 6, 2012 8:48 PM
    Apparently forever. Wish nothing but the worst for the Illini and the carpetbagger coach.

    wow, ok Danny — you stupid moron.
    Why don’t you grow up….”wish nothing but the worst for the Illini and the carpetbagger coach.”
    wow –yeah, single Illinois’ coach out, and wish them the worst. It’s like their the ONLY school that’s done this. By the way, were you there?!? Do you know EVERY SINGLE DETAIL of this transfer?!? No. Maybe the kid reached out to Illinois. It doesn’t matter. He wanted out of that cesspool that is Penn State. You should be happy Illinois was nice enough to accept him. Can you blame the kid for leaving?
    You PSUers are delusional beyond help.

  15. mtheparrothead says: Aug 7, 2012 7:03 AM

    Didn’t psu already lose a player to Michigan because of the fallout?

  16. bobappraisals says: Aug 7, 2012 8:31 AM

    7% of your roster and incoming freshman is a mass exodus by Ncaa football standards. The major problem is nobody wants the players or there would be more. Nobody besides Redd is that good. Somebody will take a flier on some of these guys so there will be more. To the Penn Staters on here, this is what happens when your school is scummy.

  17. fatediesel says: Aug 7, 2012 10:57 AM

    At mtheparrothead:

    Cornerback Ross Douglas, a 2013 Penn State verbal commitment, de-committed from Penn State after the sanctions were announced and gave a verbal commitment to Michigan the next day.

  18. raysfan1 says: Aug 7, 2012 11:13 AM

    Actually, it’s 11% once Brown makes the transfer to OU official (9 out of 85 scholarship players).

    For those talking about 100 student-athletes, you really can’t count the non-scholarship athletes other than a number of them now qualify for scholarships for this year since the new-scholarship limitations don’t apply until next year nor the 65-players on scholarship limit until 2014.

  19. houndofthebaskervols says: Aug 7, 2012 1:34 PM

    Rubernilly is wrong as usual.

    Any player can transfer between now and the start of fall practice 2013, doesnt matter if they play this year or not.

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