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QBREES9 07-30-2012 06:32 PM

Safety becomes first player to leave Penn State
 
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Backup Penn State safety Tim Buckley has become the first player to transfer from Penn State in the wake of NCAA sanctions, while the future of a more prominent player, star tailback Silas Redd, remains in question.
Redd, a 1,200-yard rusher who would be a focal point of O'Brien's reconfigured Penn State offense, visited Southern California over the weekend. Another good season could have the junior with the dazzling open-field spin move headed to the NFL draft a year early next spring.
Still, the majority of coach Bill O'Brien's core players appear to be sticking with Penn State, determined to weather out what could be a stormy season after the NCAA meted out landmark punishments on the program for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

O'Brien said at Big Ten media days last week in Chicago that more than 50 players have re-affirmed their commitment to Penn State, though he did expect some transfers. Two Class of 2013 recruits have de-committed over the last week, but six prospects visited O'Brien over the weekend before standing by their verbal commitments.

''We have a really unique opportunity at Penn State to do something really special,'' one of the six recruits, Cedar Cliff High senior Adam Breneman, said in a phone interview. Breneman, of Camp Hill, Pa., is considered one of the top tight end prospects in the country.



Safety becomes first player to leave Penn State - Yahoo! Sports

ScottF 07-31-2012 07:20 AM

I am shocked that more players aren't leaving. The vast majority of their players are from PA, MD & NJ, but proximity to your hometown shouldn't be that much of a factor anymore.
State College, PA is a very tight-knit community, but take take away football and it's just another cold northeastern town literally in the middle of nowhere.

SaintsBro 07-31-2012 03:08 PM

Honestly, the media is all watching this, but I think the timing and the logistics of transferring schools at the drop of a hat in August are harder than many people realize for the average player (deposits on apartments, moving expenses, registering for classes, getting credits transferred, paperwork, changing residence, etc). Some of the younger freshman-sophomore guys may need to accumulate a certain number of credits before they can academically transfer to another school. Some of the older guys may have problems with getting credits or grades accepted at other schools, especially if they are in "jock" classes or programs. A lot of deadlines for this kind of thing are typically in April or May. Of course the big powerhouse football schools like LSU and USC can do pretty much whatever they want, bending the rules, but most Penn State players will have to play by the boring rules of transferring schools.

But I bet we will see a LOT more of them start trickling away NEXT year.

ScottF 07-31-2012 05:23 PM

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Originally Posted by SaintsBro (Post 422684)
Honestly, the media is all watching this, but I think the timing and the logistics of transferring schools at the drop of a hat in August are harder than many people realize for the average player (deposits on apartments, moving expenses, registering for classes, getting credits transferred, paperwork, changing residence, etc). Some of the younger freshman-sophomore guys may need to accumulate a certain number of credits before they can academically transfer to another school. Some of the older guys may have problems with getting credits or grades accepted at other schools, especially if they are in "jock" classes or programs. A lot of deadlines for this kind of thing are typically in April or May. Of course the big powerhouse football schools like LSU and USC can do pretty much whatever they want, bending the rules, but most Penn State players will have to play by the boring rules of transferring schools.

But I bet we will see a LOT more of them start trickling away NEXT year.

I don't know...scholarship athletes get per diems for moving and residence, and any student who has academic problems at PSU couldn't play there either. As for transferring credits, I don't think these guys are too worried about when or if they graduate.

Not sure about next year---will they be able to transfer w/o sitting out again?

ScottF 07-31-2012 09:44 PM

PSU top RB Silas Redd to Southern California - Yahoo! Sports


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