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. talkic social network

    What's the academic impact of the football sanctions?

    July 24, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      None. This is why the school should lose its accreditation as well.

      July 24, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • DK

      There will a definite academic impact. The fact that some people won't go here because it's now getting a bad reputation and also because who wants to go to a football game where you'll loose because all the good kids left!

      July 25, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      It probably will have a positive impact. Students who won't go there because they won't have a winning football team aren't the kind of students you want. Students who choose not to go to the football games may actually study instead.

      July 25, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. matt

    NCAA you overstepped your bounds, shame on you. I hate your organization as you are no better than sandusky at this point.

    July 24, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • paulbrownandthekd

      Show us your NAMBLA card.

      July 24, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • W.H.O.1


      July 24, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Conrad Murray

    "Pizza to go!" -Spaceballs

    July 24, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. William

    First of all, the NCAA had no business in this issue. This is a civil case, which does not involve player misconduct. Secondly, the NCAA punished innocent student athletes by vacating 12 seasons worth of games. Thirdly, any student athlete that jumps ship is abandoning their school and their teammates, and I would be disappointed if my school picked them up.

    July 24, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • DK

      William, I agree with you, except for the abandoning ship part. If you have NFL dreams, you better leave because no one will pick you up from this school now.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      College football is a buisness- look at all the money involved. State Penn has to compete for its workforce and also has to compete for buisness. Any company can lay off workers to meet buiness conditions, and workers are free to accept better offers elsewhere. Same thing for State Penn's football buisness.

      July 25, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Owl96

      The school has already abandoned the players. Did they tell them they were harboring a pedophile on campus for the last 12 years? Did they tell them the facilities were unsafe for minors to visit? If the athletic department did not properly represent the atmosphere on campus, why do the player owe anything to the university? This is especially true of incoming freshmen who have no allegiance to other team members they have never practiced with.

      July 25, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. William


    July 24, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • SciGuy73

      With what?

      July 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mr Reality

    F the PSU and those who support pedophiles and football

    July 24, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TMoney

    Keep defending the child molester posters. Keep defending the child molester. You should be angry at him and the organization he belonged to.

    Good lord, football over child abuse. What the

    July 24, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • John M

      No one is suggesting that Sandusky was unjustly prosecuted. He's a convicted felon now and he got what he deserved. Just because people think the NCAA over stepped their authority here – does not mean people support Sandusky or Paterno. Based on your argument, everything is black or white. Things are a bit more complicated than that.

      The only time the NCAA vacates wins is when an ineligible player plays in the games or there was some type of recruiting violation or something like that.

      This was a criminal case that happen to involve two football coaches and two administrators. If they had been professors, would anyone be talking about reducing the amount of classes or closing academic buildings, reducing academic scholarships? Of course not.

      No question – Paterno should have fired Sandusky when the first incident came to his attention in 1998. I find it hard to believe Sandusky could not be replaced. However, that inaction – is not an NCAA violation. Sandusky in in Jail, Paterno died. The other two administrators will probably wind up in Jail too. Vacating the victories does nothing but strip the accomplishments of the players that played those 14 seasons. They woke up yesterday morning and were told, the 4 years they played at PSU didn't really happen. Seems harsh for some 1300 players that had nothing to do with the child abuse that took place.

      Also for the current players that now have to transfer to other schools – many of these players dreamed of playing at PSU – many of them since they played Pee Wee football. It's amazing how cavalier some people can be about quashing someone’s dreams like that. I hope you or your kids never have to experience that.

      July 24, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ben

    This Way to the Lifeboats =>

    July 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TheLorax

    Um, didn't you already try that with little kids Mr. PSU. That's what got you into hot water in the first place!!

    July 24, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jalek

    The people involved are gone or dead, so who is all of this supposed to punish anyway?

    July 24, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Alex

    Penn State sux. Maybe now they actually do a serious clean up. Remove the rot and filth. Do something about the moronic level of its students, while at it.

    July 24, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rhino49

      Your spelling 'sucks'. I would first get an education before remarking on it. By the way, PSU's football program is the highest-ranked academic program in the nation.

      July 25, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Juanmom

      Rhino49, did you really say PSU's football program is the highest ranked "academic" program in the country? You do know football is NOT academics, but athletics, right? Roflmbo

      July 25, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. David

    It's about time the NCAA got some balls. The BCS has overshadowed you for years....

    July 24, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Stephen

    The Penn State program should have been ended permanently. Penn State is a state-funded university, not a sports franchise.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    So why are the young people that attend PS being punished? This does not seem fair to me at all. You cant change the past, only the future. Seems to me those young people have suffered enough, and when does it end?

    July 24, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • bt man

      @chrissy ... you can't change the future either. the prophecies say what they say and that's the end of it.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. paulbrownandthekd

    All of these guys picked Pedo state for education. Now without football in the way, they can all work on curing cancer unimpeded. Ha, the real reason they went to school: to become doctors.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • pockets

      Close the place down.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
    • pockets

      Put up statues of all the victims for those remaining at that "place" to see on a daily basis. Hold candle light vigils for them, on a daily basis.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Rhino49

      This is the most arrogant statement I have read in a while. PSU has done a lot for the cure for cancer, especially pediatric cancer. If you want to criticize PSU for not caring about the children, look at what the largest STUDENT run philanthropy in the world has done for children's cancer.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
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