So much for that.
In August of last year, Torrence Brown announced that, “[d]ue to multiple injuries and surgeries, my career at Penn State has come to an end.” The defensive end spent the 2018 season as a student assistant coach for the Nittany Lions, seemingly kickstarting a career in coaching.
While that may ultimately be his employment lot in life, it’s been put on hold as Brown confirmed Tuesday via Twitter that he has decided to transfer to Southern Miss to continue his collegiate playing career. The lineman was actually committed to the Golden Eagles before flipping to the Nittany Lions in February of 2014.
Brown started four of 14 games as a redshirt sophomore in 2016 and then started the first three games the following year before going down with a season-ending knee injury.
Because of NCAA bylaws, a player who medically retires while at one school is not permitted to play at that same school if he opts to restart his playing career. He can, though, transfer and continue it elsewhere.
In January of 2016, Adam Breneman ended his playing career at Penn State and medically retired because of chronic knee issues; seven months later, the tight end resurfaced and continued his playing career at UMass.
One of the dozen(ish) members of the Penn State football program who has decided to transfer from the Nittany Lions this offseason has found himself a new college football home.
Over the weekend, Danny Dalton took to Twitter to announce that he has decided to transfer to Boston College and continue his playing career with the Eagles. The tight end is on schedule to graduate from Penn State in June, meaning he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2019.
Including the upcoming season, the Marshfield, Mass., native will have two years of eligibility remaining.
A three-star member of the Nittany Lions’ 2016 recruiting class, Dalton was the top-rated player at any position in the state of Massachusetts. After not playing at all his first two seasons in Happy Valley, the 6-4, 247-pound redshirt sophomore appeared in three games
UMass signed one of its biggest recruits since joining FBS, four years after he left high school.
Penn State linebacker Jarvis Miller has announced he will leave State College to spend his final season in Amherst.
“After much prayer and consideration with my family I have decided to play my 5th year of eligibility at the University of Massachusetts (UMASS), Amherst will pursuing my Masters (sic) Degree,” Miller wrote in a note posted to his Twitter account. “To the Penn State fan base you are the best fans anyone could ask for ! It has been the most memorable 4 years of my life.”
A consensus 3-star recruit, Miller was viewed as a top-10 player in the state of Connecticut when he signed with the Nittany Lions out of Suffield.
Miller redshirted in 2015, then played in 33 career games as a special teams player and reserve linebacker. He collected 23 tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack while in blue and white.
If it seemed like there were an inordinately high number of players eschewing their remaining eligibility for the NFL, you weren’t wrong.
Last year, a record 119 players — 106 who hadn’t graduated, 13 who had — declared early for the 2018 NFL draft. Friday, the NFL announced that record has been shattered, with 135 players with collegiate eligibility remaining now included in the 2019 draft pool.
Of the 135, 32 have already graduated.
Prior to last year, the record was 98 who left for the 2014 draft. The next three years saw 84 (2015), 96 (2016) and 95 (2017) early entrants into the drafts.
The SEC was far and away the leader among FBS conferences again this year with 36 early departures — South Carolina was the only school in the conference that didn’t lose at least one player — followed by the Big Ten with 21, the ACC with 16, the Big 12 with 14 and the Pac-12 with nine. The Mountain West’s nine led all Group of Five conferences, while five of the early entrants came from non-FBS schools.
As far as individual schools go, five saw five or more players leave eligibility on the table: Alabama led everyone with seven, with Oklahoma and Ohio State next with six each followed by Florida and Penn State with five apiece.
For the complete list of early entrants into the 2019 NFL Draft, click HERE.
As an independent program, UMass has plenty of room to fill on the future football schedules. Because slots fill up quickly and well in advance these days, UMass has been busy trying to secure games for the Minutemen well into the future. On Thursday, UMass rolled out details about a number of scheduling plans including long-term home-and-home deals with Army and Liberty, a rescheduling of a game against Mississippi State, new home-and-home deals with Missouri, Eastern Michigan, New Mexico, and Northern Illinois, and a future road game at Penn State.
UMass and Army will begin a 10-year home-and-home series this fall with the Minutemen hosting the Black Knights this fall and again in odd-numbered years; 2021, 2023, 2025, and 2027. Army will host UMass in 2020, 2022, 2024, 2026, and 2028. UMass will also continue their series with Liberty, which started with a meeting last fall, in another 10-game series. The two had previously arranged for an eight-game scheduling agreement that ran through 2025. Two more games have been tacked on for 2026 at UMass and 2027 at Liberty.
A game at Mississippi State originally scheduled for 2020 has now been rescheduled to be played in 2024 instead. In that 2024 season, UMass will also host Missouri in the first part of a home-and-home deal that will conclude at Missouri in 2025.
A home-and-home deal with New Mexico will begin on the road against the Lobos in 2020 and conclude in 2023 at UMass. Home-and-home deals with former MAC opponents Eastern Michigan (2021-2024) and Northern Illinois (2024-2025) are also on the books.
UMass will visit Penn State on Nov. 11, 2023 as part of an agreement that also includes a home-and-home men’s basketball series beginning in 2021 at UMass. UMass will only get the one game against the Nittany Lions in State College as part of the agreement.
The exact dates for all of these new game son the schedule, along with other games previously scheduled by UMass, can be found HERE.