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Penn State outlasts NCAA-imposed transfer period

Bill O'Brien AP

A year ago, Penn State president Rodney Erickson signed a consent decree from NCAA president Mark Emmert that imposed multiple severe sanctions on the program. Those punishments included a $60 million fine, scholarship losses, postseason bans, and a period of time which allowed players to leave the program for any Division 1 school without sitting out a year.

It’ll be a few more years before PSU football can get past all the sanctions — assuming they are¬†not reversed at any point over that time period — but the Nittany Lions have been able to outlast one part. As of the beginning of fall camp on Aug. 5 (university officials said Aug. 1), any player who transfers from PSU to another FBS program will have to sit out a year, meaning the program has survived the so-called free agency period.

And, in hindsight, the number of players who took advantage of the get out of Dodge free card could have been a lot worse. Running back Silas Redd (to USC) and wide receiver Justin Brown (to Oklahoma) were among the biggest names to leave the program last year, but 2013, outside of quarterback¬†Steven Bench‘s transfer, has been much quieter.

There will be more players who undoubtedly leave Penn State for one reason or another — that’s simple roster attrition — but the bonus of immediate eligibility will no longer be there.

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12 Responses to “Penn State outlasts NCAA-imposed transfer period”
  1. thegamecocker says: Aug 1, 2013 11:10 AM

    Silas Redd can go to hell! His character would have been much better and so would his season had he remained on the Penn State roster. I’m sorry but I just do not agree with penalizing the present PSU Football program. Just does not make sense. And now with the indictments of the ex-President, Vice-President of Finance, and the ex-AD, the alleged culprits will now have their day in court. Coach Paterno, may he rest in peace, did not live long enough to defend himself. It’s a no win situation for all involved. However, PENN STATE UNIVERSITY remains one of the finest state university’s in our country. Their rank-in-file student body exemplifies what the total collegiate experience is about. Just look at the millions of dollars raised by “THON”.
    The Gamecocker

  2. dhlions says: Aug 1, 2013 11:28 AM

    This is a testament to the program BOB is getting up and running at PSU. After his flirtation with the NFL recently I’m fearful that he’ll bolt before too long, but for now – all positive. Much needed breath of fresh air for the school overall but also for the program itself.

  3. oldforester says: Aug 1, 2013 12:32 PM

    Just a random thought, knowing that events at Penn State were horrific. I would be interested in opinions on this. Given another situation, with similar allegations.
    What do you think the outcome would be if the
    NCAA were in charge of investigating and sanctioning the Catholic Church?

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 1, 2013 1:15 PM

    I have to admit, when the initial anger of the situation hit, myself, along with many CFB fans, thought that PSU should get the death penalty. The crimes were far more egregious than what went on at SMU in the 80′s. They were purported by a football coach, in football facilities, and the football program seemingly let it happen.

    But then reason sets in and we remember that these players did nothing wrong. These crimes happened before most if not all of these players were students. The guilty parties here need to be punished obviously. Not the kids who lay it on the line each week for their school, most of which will never see an NFL paycheck.

    I have changed my tune and I really feel that the PSU football team has suffered a severe injustice.

  5. ajarkoski says: Aug 1, 2013 2:30 PM

    Agree with all. And it is remarkable that many players stayed probably due comradre and loyalty to teammates/fans and being student athletes (they are focused on their degress), both of which are admirable.

  6. barkleyblows says: Aug 1, 2013 5:01 PM

    Good. Another Ped State article.

  7. jackericsson says: Aug 1, 2013 8:47 PM

    Still should have given them the death penalty for the coverup. It will forever be known as state penn.

  8. dietrich43 says: Aug 2, 2013 11:09 AM

    The football program gets to move on, the same week that three men who covered for a pedophile get to move into a courtroom, and I hope then to prison.

  9. eidolon21 says: Aug 2, 2013 4:49 PM

    No need for a judge and jury and a trial

    Dietrich 43 finds them guilty.

  10. richdaddy1231 says: Aug 3, 2013 11:41 PM

    @ old forester

    What does the Catholic Church have to do with this article?
    The fact is PSU got screwed this is 1 reason why college football is a fraud.

  11. richdaddy1231 says: Aug 3, 2013 11:42 PM

    If it were a ( God anointed ) sec team the sanctions would have been very light if any at all

  12. tobeexact says: Aug 9, 2013 11:27 AM

    First of all for all the idiots that comment on here with there first grader mentality one liners , perhaps you belong to or are an alum of pedycuse university. See its so easy to say stupid shit.
    Second since you think the ncaa committee and mr. Emmeret got anything right or had any jurisdiction in the penn state case then read this on your wonderful mr. Emmeret. http://m.espn.go.com/general/story, If It sounds like a crook and smells like a crook then more then likely it is a Crook.
    obviously the pedstate one liner peeps need to repeat grades one threw five , Because your not smarter then a fifth grader Who can at least read an article and make a non bias opinion as to what they read and understand it.
    And im quite sure as well with the negative comments about penn state , That if it was there school they would be fighting back as well.
    as For the catholic church comment , Why are you not attacking the muslim religion as an example, they commit adultry with there multiple wifes and or harems,but then again they are the same people who probably thought it was ok for billy I cant keep it in my pants clinton to commit adultry in the white house and voted for him a second time.
    And the one comment about if this was an sec team ,your right all they would have To do is self impose a 3 a year scholarship loss and say they fixed the problem.

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