Timing is key, even in the offseason. Georgia Tech was forced to report a minor violation to the NCAA after head coach Paul Johnson commented publicly on the addition of an incoming graduate transfer. Johnson’s comments occurred approximately 30 minutes before the player actually was confirmed to have joined the program. Tisk, tisk.
“Some of that stuff is ridiculous,” Johnson said of the situation to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It certainly isn’t gaining an advantage over anybody.”
In the grand scheme of things, this is about as minor a violation as you can find, so do not expect much to come out of this for Johnson and Georgia Tech. Certainly, no eligibility is at risk, nor will the reduction of scholarships or practice time. Johnson claimed the transfer had been made official at the time he was asked about the transfer in an interview, which sparked the illegal comment.
The graduate transfer joining Georgia Tech was Patrick Skov, a fullback from Stanford. Skov announced his decision to transfer and join Georgia Tech in April.
In early February Kevin Reihner announced via Twitter that he was leaving Stanford and heading to Penn State. Three months later, that move has officially come to fruition.
In a press release, PSU announced that Reihner (pictured, No. 63) has transferred into the football program and will spend his final season of college football with the Nittany Lions. Because the offensive lineman’s a grad transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2015.
“We are excited to have Kevin join our family,” head coach James Franklin said in a statement. “He comes to us with great experience at the collegiate level and has the opportunity to make an immediate impact for us. It’s awesome that Kevin can return home to Pennsylvania to close out his college career.”
Reihner, officially listed as a center by Stanford, played in 10 games during his time with the Cardinal, including six this past season. He was a three-star member of Stanford’s 2011 recruiting class, the first post-Jim Harbaugh class on The Farm.
Reihner becomes the fifth Cardinal lost to the graduation transfer process this offseason, joining fullback Patrick Skov, now at Georgia Tech; defensive back Wayne Lyons, who moved on to Michigan; tight end Charlie Hopkins, who left for Virginia; and running back Kelsey Young, now at Boise State.