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    Ramifications for PSU Football

    Thanks, WaltzingMatilda, for this link.

    Raleigh native Buckley leaves PSU for NC State

    WRAL Sports

    "Raleigh, N.C. — NC State head football coach Tom O’Brien has announced that safety Tim Buckley has joined the Wolfpack football program. The Cardinal Gibbons High School graduate, who red-shirted last season at Penn State, will begin practice at the team’s first workout on Tuesday afternoon."

    More at link (and sadly, more to come probably).
    Last edited by ynotdivein; 07-31-2012 at 08:03 PM. Reason: Sorry, that exclamation point just bugged me. Nothing to celebrate here.
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    This is big news. Redd is Penn State's best returning player.

    Silas Redd Leaving Penn State For USC

    http://www.courant.com/sports/colleg...,5535985.story

    Junior running back Silas Redd of Norwalk is leaving Penn State for USC.

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    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/psu-top...16--ncaaf.html

    Although the title is about Redd, it also has this news:

    Penn State said later Tuesday that tight end Kevin Haplea was also no longer with the team. It was unclear where the junior, who started one game last year, was headed. And then, there is the case of Rob Bolden, the backup quarterback, who was dropped from the roster as well. LSU has shown interest in Bolden, but he's yet to choose a destination.........

    Penn State coach Bill O'Brien and his staff have been working hard to keep the team together despite the sanctions. But Redd was his best offensive player on a team that will have a new offense patterned after the scheme run at O'Brien's previous employer, the New England Patriots.

    O'Brien said last week at Big Ten media days in Chicago that he didn't anticipate losing any core players. It took less than a week for that to change.

    Now, O'Brien may have to rely on a converted wideout, sophomore Bill Belton, to carry the load at tailback.

    Of course, I have no idea what that last para. means, lol....

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    Transfers will hurt, of course, but the loss of scholarships will be dire. Talented athletes don't often have the financial means to walk on at a program, without the financial aid. The program will be crippled for years. Even when full scholarship levels return, that may only mean, for that first year, a good freshman class - two or three years till they reach peak performance. And the next year a good freshman and sophomore class. Devastating. Only in the third year after their return will the program possibly be fully competitive. And in those years between the loss and return of full scholarships - will PSU still be thought of as a place top athletes want to play, at a school whose record of wins and losses will suffer greatly? Unless it is, scholarship talent may be very mediocre talent indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reader View Post
    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/psu-top...16--ncaaf.html
    Of course, I have no idea what that last para. means, lol....
    Whereas once the guy was expected to run routes and catch passes, now he will be expected to touch the ball much more often by taking handoffs and running the ball.

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    Penn State Scandal: TE Kevin Haplea Transfers To Florida State

    http://philly.sbnation.com/penn-st-n...-florida-state

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    Jamil Pollard leaving Penn State, accepts scholarship from Rutgers

    http://www.nj.com/gloucester-sports/...hool_grad.html

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    I'm kind of surprised by the juniors leaving, as I (probably naively) expected the sanctions to be a deterrent mostly to incoming players, and freshman/sophomore team members who perhaps haven't had time to build up more loyalty to the school.

    Is this because pro scouts place more emphasis on the playing records of junior and senior recruits?

    Whatever the reasons, I don't envy Bill O'Brien's position right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ynotdivein View Post
    I'm kind of surprised by the juniors leaving, as I (probably naively) expected the sanctions to be a deterrent mostly to incoming players, and freshman/sophomore team members who perhaps haven't had time to build up more loyalty to the school.

    Is this because pro scouts place more emphasis on the playing records of junior and senior recruits?

    Whatever the reasons, I don't envy Bill O'Brien's position right now.
    Two words, "Bowl Games." They have a chance to play, and be "discovered."

    I can remember what a football scholarship was a method for getting talented, and intelligent, but financially disadvantaged, children a college education. Now, it is a weed out program for entering the pros.


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    Kicker-punter Anthony Fera latest to leave Penn State, transferring to Texas

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports...iRX_story.html

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Kicker-punter Anthony Fera is bolting Penn State for Texas, the second starter to depart Happy Valley this week following harsh NCAA sanctions against the program for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

    Fera has submitted paperwork to enroll at Texas this season, said a person with knowledge of the decision who requested anonymity because Texas has not yet announced the move. Penn State announced Thursday that Fera was no longer on its roster.


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    Linebacker Fortt latest of Penn State players to transfer


    The Stamford Advocate said junior Khairi Fortt, who was expected to battle Glenn Carson in camp for the starting job at middle linebacker, is going to California, a school he visited last weekend.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ynotdivein View Post
    I'm kind of surprised by the juniors leaving, as I (probably naively) expected the sanctions to be a deterrent mostly to incoming players, and freshman/sophomore team members who perhaps haven't had time to build up more loyalty to the school.

    Is this because pro scouts place more emphasis on the playing records of junior and senior recruits?

    Whatever the reasons, I don't envy Bill O'Brien's position right now.
    Don't feel too bad for O'Brien, he's getting paid $2 million a year.

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    Report: Penn State WR Justin Brown to transfer to Oklahoma

    http://tracking.si.com/2012/08/05/pe...tion=si_latest

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    There was an interesting fact I read today in an article about Penn State's transferring players: of the nine players who have so far chosen to transfer to another program, none of them played their high school football in Pennsylvania.

    It appears that some of the players who chose to remain may have felt more loyalty to PSU based on having grown up as a fan, or at least from having more familiarity.

    Hopefully their decision works out for them, as I hope the decision to change environments works for those players who decided their best opportunity existed elsewhere.
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    Penn State Announces Changes to 2012 Football Uniform

    http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-...080712aaa.html

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