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Role reversal: Penn State on receiving end of transfer

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Well would ya look at that.

In the month since the NCAA announced sanctions on its football program, Penn State has seen a handful of players transfer out in order to take advantage of the liberal transfer policies included in the penalties.

Just a couple of weeks before the start of the season, however, the Nittany Lions are on the receiving end of a player from another school.

Akron wide receiver Jared Fagnano confirmed to that he has left the Zips and will be a preferred walk-on at Penn State this season. ┬áThe combination of the myriad departures along with the fact that he wasn’t even invited to Akron’s camp earlier this month led the former Pennsylvania high schooler to Happy Valley.

Well, that and the fact that his older brother, Jake Fagnano (pictured), is one of the Nittany Lions’ starting safeties.

“With all those guys leaving, it opened up spots and gave me an opportunity,” Fagnano told the website. “And I’ve just always wanted to play football there.”

Fagnano, who will have to sit out the 2012 season, took a redshirt for his true freshman season last year.

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21 Responses to “Role reversal: Penn State on receiving end of transfer”
  1. stairwayto7 says: Aug 18, 2012 2:18 PM

    Where are the comments at trolls! PSU lost nothing but players who won’t make an impact at their new school and still have top qb and te committed next season!

  2. coolhorn says: Aug 18, 2012 2:30 PM

    @stairway…if you really believe that, let me interest you in some ocean front property in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Congrats on gaining a player, instead of losing another one, even if this one wasn’t invited to try to make the team at Akron. You don’t really believe the ones who transferred out are gonna fall off the face of the earth, do you? Maybe that’s what you’re wishing for???

    The sanctions are gonna hurt, enough so that for several years, Penn State would have a hard time competing in the MAC. However, if O’Brien has a good plan, and is given the chance to see the team through the sanctions, and if there is NEVER a repeat of anything that brought the sanctions, Penn State can become competitive again in time. Just not anytime soon, like the next decade or so.

  3. mauldawg says: Aug 18, 2012 3:22 PM

    The Coaching staff at PSU still has the football program ahead of anything else.Nothing has changed.Whe the coaching staff lays a guilt trip on the players as they have, its nothing more then the school looking out after themselfs.PSU will not change the football above everthing else.All the BS about sticking together,hang tuff etc is a load of crap.Obrien will say and do what ever it takes to make himself look good.What is best for the players would be for them to be able to have a chance to play in a bowl,play with quality recruits.To enjoy football for what it means.Not playing because you owe PSU.These kids owe PSU nothing.How long will it be before Obrien jumps ship.Hard to get a good coaching job with 4-6 years under .500.PSU where football is all that matters.

  4. dgbk says: Aug 18, 2012 3:51 PM

    @ maul

    This new coaching staff had nothing to do with what happen so what are they suppose to do? How is it a guilt trip to ask them to stay? It’s still their choice if they want to stay or not. I didn’t see O’Brien calling kids ass hats for leaving. By telling the kids who are there to leave and future kids to not come there will that make you happy?

    I honestly don’t get it. Penn state is fielding a team O’Brien was hired to coach a team. him doing his job is not putting football above everything else, it’s just him doing his job. The problem was the BOT and president had football and the revenue it brought over everything else. it’s okay for coaches to do that not the powers to be at a school to do it as well.

    If you think this is not the way it is at all schools then your are mistaken. I strongly doubt Nick Saban put the math department over bama football.

  5. mauldawg says: Aug 18, 2012 4:26 PM

    Stay at PSU.You will never be forgotten.Stand together.Everyone will remember you as a hero,stay the course.If you do leave you will be a quitter,you will have no life after football.No on likes a quitter.Dont do what is best for you,remember PSU football first,always and forever.Read some of the crap the is being posted on PSU football sites.Your Running back,Redd(sp) and WR Brown have been called everything you can think of.The younger kids that left 2011 and 2012 recruits have been call quiters,not good enough to play anyway.Read what your fan base is posting.
    How long will it be before a coach or two leave.Wil the PSU fan base turn on them.Such a guilt trip has been feed to the players.Get use to walk ons and one or two star players because that is what you willl get for the next 4 or 5 years.Not that these kids cant become good football players,just not what you may want to recruit.PSU football first!

  6. ndnut says: Aug 18, 2012 5:08 PM


    That is crazy obsessed fans being crazy obsessed fans. Every FBS school has them, and they are the ones who usually go to fan sites. Make your judgement based on fans at neutral comment boards like CFT.

  7. stoutfiles says: Aug 18, 2012 5:21 PM

    Just what PSU needs, an Akron Zip not good enough to be invited to camp. Crazy how far PSU has fallen.

    Akron Zips. Haha.

  8. frenchy121212 says: Aug 18, 2012 7:51 PM

    They seem excited about the Akron player who couldn’t play for Akron. Only there because his brother. If PSU and their crazy fans never won another game, I’d be happy. We all know they will never win another big game, considering they haven’t won one for years, but I shoot for the stars.

  9. mungman69 says: Aug 18, 2012 8:37 PM

    Young boys were RAPED and all PSU people talk about is football. Who cares if those kids were RAPED, we’ve got football players coming in.

  10. yeti47 says: Aug 18, 2012 8:52 PM

    at mungman

    I forgot that it is a sin to like Penn State football, who accepted the sanctions, hosting a child abuse convention, wearing a ribbon for the child rape victims, donating more money to child abuse victims on top of the sanction of the NCAA. I think its time that people like you find something else to talk about. The rape victims are at the forefront of penn state football everyday. I dont think Penn State should move on from it…but morons that use it to look like you actually care on a message board for NBC like you. WE ARE PENN STATE!

  11. psunick says: Aug 18, 2012 9:47 PM

    Why does everybody predict such doom and gloom for Penn State over these sanctions? (Yes…I know kids were RAPED.)

    USC faced the same 10-lost scholarship punishment, from 2011-2013. (Yes, I know. No kids were RAPED on USC’s campus.) Yet they are favored by many to win the FBS Title this season!

    Why does the prevailing sentiment about Penn State seem to be that they’ll be lucky to beat MAC teams for the next decade? Hell, we went toe to toe with USC in the Rose Bowl just a few years ago!

    (Yes…I do understand that kids were RAPED in a PSU shower stall.)

  12. mungman69 says: Aug 18, 2012 10:44 PM

    yeti47: PSU fans want to put these RAPES on the back burner, oh yea, we’ll wear a ribbon. Wow. Morons like you just don’t get it. Are you that stupid or are you just f*cking blind. Any mention of football at PSU just shows how PSU just doesn’t get it. You don’t like what I say, how about those kids that were RAPED. How about them? PSU shows no remorse, none. You act like the RAPES happened in a land far away, they didn’t. You act like those RAPES happened a long time ago, they didn’t. Good night.

  13. anthony20031 says: Aug 18, 2012 11:46 PM


    You are a moron just trying to stir up people. Yh horrible things happened but we need to move on. Remember what happened but need to move on. Cancelling football does absolutely nothing. What does it do? It hurts the local economy, it hurts over 100 kids that love PSU (you can love a school without condoning an incident….lots of schools have black marks).

    If I was there I probably would have stayed and played for those that were the victims and for my teammate who are like family and had absolutely nothing to do with what happened. Most players on team create a bond. At the end of the day those guys on the team are your brothers.

    You say that all PSU people talk about is football… do understand that you are on a sports blog so any psu people here are here because they are sports fans….u know that right?

    It may actually be better that they play becuase at least in the near future it will keep the horrible incident fresh in poeples mind which will further help to spur activism etc. Already PSU has put a lot of money into abuse organizations already. Lets heavily penalize those involved (Spanier, Schultz, Paterno, Sandusky, crap even McQuery) and use it as a lesson… already happened nothing can be done about it now to change it. Again punish the guilty and lets move on. No reason to penalize all for the deeds of a handful.

  14. dmcgrann says: Aug 19, 2012 12:18 AM

    Nothing to see here. He wants to play football and get a low-cost college education. Probably hopes his football may take him to the big money of the NFL. Gets a scholy and hopes for playing time with the Zips. Big bro is at Penn State, he gets in-state tuition as a walk-on and an opportunity to play in the Big Ten. No brainer – it’s the right thing to do.

  15. joewilliesshnoz says: Aug 19, 2012 8:55 AM

    Transferring to Penn St., talk about a buzz kill.

  16. eyeh8goodell says: Aug 19, 2012 9:52 AM

    Anybody know where JoePa is buried? I’m gonna be in the area next week and i’ll need a place to relieve myself after some beers.

  17. goodellsadouche says: Aug 19, 2012 10:17 AM

    Joe buried the fact that kids were raped so he could continue to line his pockets, get the record & not hurt his recruiting.

  18. thraiderskin says: Aug 19, 2012 12:29 PM

    I’m pretty sure Mungman is a little guy… he has a little guy attitude, yapping as much as possible for fear no one will notice the little guy. PSU football is operating like any other football program at this moment, because they are a football program. While they face football sanctions, it isn’t because anything the “football program” did wrong and while this is tough to handle for some, this is a college “football” message board.

  19. yourteamstinks says: Aug 19, 2012 3:22 PM

    Mungaman (and people like him) will make me root harder than ever for PSU. It’s the Chik-Fil-A effect. The more you thump your chest, or beat your drum, the more it works against you. Some people never get that concept.

  20. psunick says: Aug 19, 2012 9:40 PM


    You guys are right on it.

    We try to put out reasonable questions and observations on CFT, and all we get are those self righteous, chest thumping tirades from those trolls.

    What really others me, though, is how each and every Penn State student, alum or football fan is being painted as a pedophile.

    Of course I know that’s preposterous. But it still is irritating to hear it constantly.

    And with such venom.

  21. chiefagc5675 says: Aug 22, 2012 9:02 AM

    There was no proof pewswnted that kids were raped- most stories said they got or gave BJ’s-
    that’s not rape. You must have been raped as a little kid and you never told anyone- now you want the whole world to think you’d walk on fire to protect kids. What BS. One kid went back 100 times for the BJ’s, the games, the trips, the golf clubs- yes he was definitely scared- then he showed up when someone mentioned payouts.

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