NCAA announces policy for Penn State transfer players

The NCAA has listed the full set of options for Penn State players or recruits who wish to play elsewhere in wake of the severe sanctions imposed against the university’s football program.

The ruling body listed rules in five different categories that affect players wishing to transfer.

Interested players have from now until the start of Penn State’s preseason practice in 2013 to transfer without having to sit out one season, as long as the player is admitted and academically eligible.

He may make the move during the 2012 season. If he does so and hasn’t already played in any games, he will be immediately eligible for competition after arriving at his new school. But if he has seen action, he will not be eligible for his new school in 2012.

Penn State cannot restrict a player from transferring and must released him from his national letter of intent. Players must inform the university that they want to discuss a transfer with another school, and interested schools must inform Penn State of their desire to talk to the player.

The player also may make official visits to prospective schools even if they used up all their official visits when being recruited in high school.

The NCAA suspended “permission-to-contact” rules. It also suspended off-campus and telephone recruiting rules until Aug. 27, the first day of classes at Penn State.

The association also said that teams already at their scholarship limit can add a Penn State player for the 2012-13 academic year provided it “reduces such limits proportionately in the 2013-14 academic year.” In other words, if the school is already at the limit of 25 for the academic year and 85 overall, it must go down to 24 and 84 the next year if it adds a Penn State player.

Teams such as Ohio State and USC that are on scholarship limits because of NCAA infractions must not exceed its limit, which is 75 at both schools, regardless if any Penn State player wants to attend that university.

The link for the NCAA’s release is

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