In wake of NCAA penalties, it's open season to pluck Penn State players
July 23, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
The feeding frenzy has begun. Staffers from college football programs from all over the country, who already had sized up the Penn State roster for possible transfers they could grab in the wake of potential hefty NCAA sanctions, have now sprung into action.
When NCAA president Mark Emmert detailed the punishments he imposed on Penn State -- a four-year postseason bowl ban and scholarship reductions of 10 per year over the next four years, among other things -- it also opened up the program to getting picked apart by other FBS schools. Every player in the Nittany Lions football program is now eligible to transfer without having to sit out a season.
Compliance staffers promptly forwarded an email, that CBS has obtained, to the Penn State coaches explaining the ground rules: "... Permission-to-contact rules will be suspended. Penn State cannot restrict in any way a student-athlete from pursuing a possible transfer. Student-athletes must simply inform Penn State of their interest in discussing transfer options with other schools. Interested schools also must inform Penn State of their intention to open discussions with the student-athlete."