NCAA clarifies transfer rules for Penn State football players
A player exodus is widely expected in the wake of harsh sanctions against Penn State.
July 24th, 2012
09:31 PM ET

NCAA clarifies transfer rules for Penn State football players

The NCAA on Tuesday spelled out how it is relaxing some rules to allow Penn State football players to transfer to other schools after the governing body of college athletics announced unprecedented sanctions Monday.

The Penn State football program, one of the top programs in the NCAA's major-school division, may be crippled by the sanctions announced Monday in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal and subsequent cover-up. The program is losing 20 scholarships a year and cannot play in postseason bowl games for the next four years, which is expected to drive many of its best athletes to other schools.

"The NCAA recognizes that current football student athletes will be negatively impacted by the Penn State sanctions," said Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president for academic and membership affairs. "We want to allow those eligible student athletes as much flexibility as possible while still being mindful of some of the transfer safeguards our membership has put in place."

The biggest change is that players will be able to play for their new teams immediately rather than having to sit out a year. Under normal rules, a player would have to move to a lower division to remain eligible.

As long as players don't practice or play games with Penn State between now and the start of the 2013 season, they can jump schools without penalty, the NCAA said. Incoming freshmen also are released from their national letters of intent so they can play for and receive athletic scholarships from other schools.

Coaches from other schools will be allowed to contact and recruit Penn State players until classes start at Penn State on August 27. For the 2012 season only, schools not facing sanctions of their own will be allowed extra scholarships to make room for players they pick up from Penn State.

Players will be allowed to practice with their new teams this summer while the admission process to the new schools is being completed.

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  1. phil

    I' am baffled by the whole obama thing, he never even attended penn state, P.A. is simply put, out of wack. Jery getting opened some eyes. I' m interested in how the govenor the attorney general approved his program for fed grant money, can someone answer that won for me?

    July 25, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jim atmad

    Too bad the 'Reply' button isn't working.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. ~~~

    don't be stupid. get out of there.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
    • grambling state

      your right about getting out of there even if it cost you a shot at the nfl

      July 26, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. grambling state

    wow! jerry sandusky is a idiot but enough with the mess about jerry sandusky its about the players who can transfer. i would get the hell out of there and even if you have to play for an fcs school. in case nobody knows what a fcs or football championship sub division. i wouldnt care if im risking a shot at the nfl but they could easily go through the fcs playoffs if talent is used correctly. in conclusion if they allow any body to transfer to the preferred bcs schools would be awesome!!.

    July 26, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Chuck

    If they stay they will still be seen by NFL scouts. How many teams only scout players in the Bowl games. Please those who stay and are NFL caliber they will still get looked at and they can still get drafted. If they leave fine, but to me that shows a lack of loyalty to the Fans who supported you all those years you played. Look at how people get upset when a pro sports players leaves for another team.

    July 26, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. TooTough

    Why do we allow pederasty in the first place?

    July 27, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. MountainHiker

    Removing restrictions on the students and allowing Coaches from other schools will be allowed to contact and recruit Penn State players is the killer as far as PS goes. Any student that does not jump at an offer of a scholarship is crazy at this point. Freshmen will bail out if they can and next year, only the bottom of the barrel players will sign with PS. 4 years at the bottom of the game ratings is on the way...

    July 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
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