The Penn State football program has been beaten beyond belief this Monday morning and now they may lose their recruits and current players.
The NCAA sanctions that put the knife right in the back of the Nittany Lions program are the loss of scholarships, four-year bowl ban and worst of all allowing current players to transfer elsewhere and be eligible immediately.
All incoming freshmen with be released from their national letters of intent and be allowed to attend another school without Penn State having any say to where they transfer to. It’s only a matter of time before players start fleeing the scene of what has been a historically despicable scandal.
One big kicker in all this is the NCAA considering waiving scholarship limits for the schools that accept the Penn State transfers, granted that they reduce their roster size the following year. Meaning, if a school has reached its roster limit of 85 players or 25 incoming signees, then they could still add a transfer from Penn State this coming year and be limited to 84 total scholarships and 24 incoming freshmen from the signing class next year.
For current and future Penn State players, the NCAA sanctions placed upon the university and football program brings sadness and frustration to everyone. However, if players choose to leave the program, there could be some excitement within them.
Players will get to go through the whole recruiting process again, marketing themselves and finding the best fit for their future in the classroom and on the football field.
We’ll see if Bill O’Brien can hold his ship together.
Will Wilson is writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.