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. Katie

    NCAA sucks!!! You are punishing people that had nothing to do with what happened!! What next the NCAA going to punish the Catholic Church!!

    July 24, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • SciGuy73

      I think the point is the people had everything to do with the culture at Penn State. Many of them are still acting the same way. Putting football before everything else.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sneakipete

    Penn State got exactly what it deserves! It has Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno, and its spinless and reckless administration to thank for this mess. Let this be a lesson...just becasue the crime occurred in the past, the fallout will be felt into the future. Innocent people were harmed in the past and, as a result, innocent people will continue to be harmed in the future.

    And to you still think your husband is innocent?!

    July 24, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • DK

      So, two wrongs make it right I guess.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. W.H.O.1

    The NCAA just made one of the worst decisions in the history of collegiate sports.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rad666

    Maybe a tribute to the victims in that empty space?

    July 24, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cloudmaker

    For all those that have a mind set that JoePa should have been judge, jury and executioner, lets remember he did hand this information on to higher ups. JoePa was also one of the busiest people at Penn state with all his activities. We must also remember that this is the work of a sick mind and sick minds have a way of getting away with very bad things, even when they are being watched. As for the NCAA, I am glad they are not the SEC(securities exchange commission), because Wal-Mart has had a number of pedophiles and if the NCAA was the SEC they would have taken Wal-Mart’s number one biggest retailer standing for the last 15 years away, made them have 20% less goods to sell, forced them not to sell anything from black Friday till March and fine them a few trillion dollars! Good bye NCAA.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      So, it's ok that he didn't report it to child welfare authorities because he was "too busy"? Are you freaking kidding me? Numerous emails went back and forth between Paterno and the AD specifically discussing when or if they would contact child welfare authorities. Paterno agreed it was for the best and then AFTER he talks to Sandusky decides he has "handled it" and no one needs to contact authorities. Ok, whatever.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
    • John P

      I appreciate your observation on how even the most ethical people can be taken in by these sociopaths. I've seen this before, certainly not on this level, but unlike the others I made an issue over it. Unfortunately, I didn't go all out and take it to the top and when he, amazingly, got off with the "he said, she said" defense I was left out there with nothing but my walking papers. My advise is to always seek the best legal counsel when whistle-blowing on these type.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • pontoonpilot

      so, you're defending JoePa, you misguided freak?

      July 25, 2012 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mike

    Wow (regarding the photo). What a poignant and haunting work of art they left behind – the shadow imprints of the football player sculptures.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      They should leave it like that as a memorial to the abused kids.

      July 24, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tyler

    Well, this should make the anti-football program crowd happy. Some of them have criticized the pay structure for coaches and why they make so much more than the academic staff as well as nit pick the "exceptions" made for student athletes. Now that they basically don't have a football program anymore, they can enjoy all of the money they DON'T have anymore because of it. Finally, Penn State can be soley recognized as an instiution for academic excellence only!

    July 25, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. skipper Sam

    The Trojans open training camp on Aug. 6 in preparation for their Sept. 1 opener against Hawaii.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. Klaark

    "Student athletes," suuure. Just call them what they are, gorillas that you threw money at and pretend to educate while they vie for a spot in the NFL. And stop calling yourselves "colleges" when all you are are NFL training camps that used to focus on learning and academics until this meat-headed country decided it didn't care about that "gay" crap.

    July 25, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    @ pt man, yea ok, thats bs! So everyone should stop trying 2 make a dif cuz, oh its all destiny? How do YOU get thru life like that?? Sheesh! I think Sandusky needs 2 fry, slow & with as much pain as possible, but i dont think the kids deserve 2 this.

    July 25, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tom

    Well put BOMBO

    July 25, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. lewtwo

    ghost images ... the future of PSU football

    July 25, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. Doutzen

    @Alex. The moronic level of it's students. Penn State, in an independent survey, graduates all (read 100%) of it's football players in under 6 years. Also, there is not GPA gap in black or white football athletes. Other schools aren't able to replicate the same results because they don't prepare players comprehensively. Penn State also has other great programs and does great charity work (mostly run by students). Check yourself and check the facts before you jump on the media's proverbial D!%& and spew your hatred.

    People are on here talking about ending Penn State's football program for good. What does that solve? Everyone responsible is gone or in jail. People also talk about getting rid of the school all together. Are you f-ing smoking something? Penn State can now focus on education and enriching the community the right way. No one wants to give PSU the opportunity to learn and atone for what occurred there.

    Let me do you a favor. I'll grab some tar and feathers and you all can have at it. Tell me how you feel afterwards. Tell me what you taught them. Then also tell me how the victims feel.

    NCAA issued fines without PSU violating any NCAA infractions. It's a civil issue. It's the equivalent of my asking Chief Justice Roberts to coach a football game. Give me a break. NCAA caved under public pressure. And the public is in herd mentality overdrive right now trying to get blood from a stone. When people smell blood in the water they hunt like sharks until the need to feed is quenched. Most of you sound like morons.

    I hope PSU starts over and shows us what they are made of. Good luck to them. The rotten ones are in jail already or awaiting charges.

    July 25, 2012 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. sonas76

    I read you're article, and it makes perfect sense to me. Never before would I have equated Kitty Genovese to the Penn State debacle before.

    July 25, 2012 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dan


    Interesting, but doesn't the fact they actively made an effort to conceal their actions from the outside world suggest they were aware of the moral standing of their actions? If I were to explain the actions that occurred at Penn State regrading the molestation I would look into psychological explanations of why people in Germany ignored or even participated in the Holocaust. They also knew it was wrong but rationalized it away because it did not impact them in the same way it impacted victims.

    July 25, 2012 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
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