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. Thinkergal

    There, players and recruits who had nothing to do with abusing children will not be punished. Students who attend Penn. State to get an education will not be punished. The football program is being punished–and rightly so.

    July 25, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. trek820

    They should shut down their football program completely for ten years. I wonder who is in Penn State's pocket?

    July 25, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. jenny

    i thought the team had a meeting and they all said they were staying...that they all bleed blue...?? they all want to play for the worst most disgusting college football team in americas history.....none have left so far.....

    July 25, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Lamont

      Rumor has it all their players are possibly pervs just like their former coaches.

      July 25, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • MAP

      ENOUGH!!! I am not a Penn State fan and never have been, even though I live in the heart of Penn State country. What Paterno and his colleagues did was atrocious. But let's remember, these kids that play football have nothing to do with what these men did. They deserve to play football for the school they chose to go to. And the players from the past have nothing to be ashamed of. They did nothing wrong. Let's put the blame where it belongs and it's with the students.

      July 25, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • jnpa

      "most disgusting college football team in americas history"

      Are you serious? Where do you get off blaming the TEAM for what happened to those kids. That TEAM had nothing to do with anything! This new TEAM for 2013 had nothing to do with what happened! These players which make up the TEAM are not the worse in america's history. Get your facts straight before posting!

      July 25, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bob Schoenberger

    This is a wake up call. All sports should be moved out of our educational systems and into clubs. The two are not mutually beneficial. We need to educate our children and keep the focus on education. Sports should be placed where it belongs which is entertainment. You wonder why we are lagging behind in so many areas of expertise, just look who is ahead of us and you will see that NONE of those countries have sports programs in there educational systems. Our priorities have been skewed and for the most part it is all about money. We got what we asked for, now lets start asking for a better educational system, that is our deliverance.

    July 25, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • D3

      I agree, Bob.

      July 25, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Ags8th

      Athlete??? I believe the word is "their".

      Sports and academics ARE mutually beneficial. Ask a former collegiate athlete that wouldn't have gotten "there" degree, (or for that matter the opportunity) had it not been for an athletic scholarship.

      "just look who is ahead of us and you will see that NONE of those countries have sports programs in there educational systems"

      July 25, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • sleepytime

      You're absolutely right Bob.

      July 25, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      SO, you were always picked last for softball, Bob. Now you're bitter.

      July 25, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • ncanadanow

      Bob, you are perfectly correct in this. Great point!

      July 25, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. JohnQPubliqu

    What happened to just turning JoePa's statue just a little bit, so he was "looking the other way"???

    July 25, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. David

    I think many of the Penn State students and athletes are sticking with the school because they recognize antisocial tendencies inside themselves. Many Penn State students are in fact pervs or pedos and support the actions of their coaches.

    July 25, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joe McGrath

    So somehow letting players transfer schools mid-term is being all "student-athlete" like?

    July 25, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. Benn G

    I can't believe any school would even want their players. How do we know they aren't siko nuts just like Sandusky? I know I wouldn't want them on my team.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Stone

      Me either, Big Benn.

      July 25, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. Demarcus

    It is widely known in collegiate athletics that if you can't attend a school in San Francisco, you go to Penn State.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. JUSTICE

    Duh! the Center Bends over as The Quaterback approaches and puts is hands between his legs. Its so Obvious!

    July 25, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. Kenny

    Using the twisted analogy and escape-goat revenge techniques they are displaying now, They should close the school completely, shut down the town and it's police department and social services and put a fence around the whole place never to be utilized again. This has to be the most supid display of justice I have ever seen. They have gone so far overboard it is a gross display of revenge on one dead person who can no longer defend himself. What a total joke.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      They can have it as a display of the evil that was perpetrated there. Kind of like Auschwitz. (I realize that killing millions of people is in a differnt league of evil than raping childern, but still, evil is evil and should not be tolerated.)

      July 25, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. nittany89

    I am a proud Penn State graduate. The true crime is done, the perpetrator is behind bars where he belongs. I am so tired of hearing my Alma Mater called Pedo State. I am tired of being accused of being supportive of such disgusting crimes just because I went to school there. There are 500,000 living alumni and close to 100,000 current students. You can't possibly believe all of us are complicit in this. The current football players were in elementary school when Sandusky's crimes occurred. They are not at fault, nor are the current coaching staff. The punishment has been given, and now it is time to move on, for everyone.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • jenny

      sure seems you are all complicit with this....your lack of disgust and outrage for what was allowed to permeate on your campus and was covered up outrages the average moral human....but not PSers....theres something wrong with that

      July 25, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • sleepytime

      nittany89: "500,000 living alumni and close to 100,000 current students"? How is that even possible? Wouldn't those number mean Penn State alumni die at some astronomical rate or something?

      July 25, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kenny

    Why is the football system even involved since he was a "X" coach using the facilities for a charity program that the football system was not involved in!!!!! HELLO, is anyone really looking at what is going on??? The school is making Paterno the escape-goat for the school staffs problems. Sure he should have checked up on the status, but so should the school admin, state and local police, social services.....etc......

    July 25, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      @Kenny,
      The abuse first came to Paterno's attention and was known to the school's top officials while Sandusky was still on the coaching staff. He was asked to quitely retire because of the allegations. It was a deal the school made with Sandusky- retire and we will look the other way. Nobody is embarrassed, nobody goes to jail. Foolishly, they continued to let him have access to football facilities, and let the abuse continue. When further allegations were made, the school continued to cover up everything. That is why the whole program is being hit by the NCAA.

      July 25, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • sleepytime

      Kenny: It's "scapegoat" not "escape-goat". lol

      July 25, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ian

    I really think the NCAA is taking it easy on Penn state. I cannot believe some people are calling this punishment as harsh. Not only was the crime horrible, the cover up by the university was even worse. I am a huge college football fan and not a Penn state football hater. But common I think the punishments should have be even worse. Plus how come the big ten has not kicked this team out of the conference, I thought the big ten had better morals than this.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tom

    I can't tell if some of the comments here are serious or said in jest. If the former, then some of you people are sicker than Sandusky.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
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