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Irish Insights


Staying away from Penn State transfers

Notre Dame did not get involved in trying to lure players away from Penn State.

The NCAA hit the Nittany Lions with strict sanctions, including a four-year postseason ban and limited scholarships, because of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Penn State players were given permission by the NCAA to leave the school and play right away for whatever program they decided to transfer to because of the sanctions.

Irish coach Brian Kelly said Friday he would have accepted a transfer from Penn State, but only if the player made the first move.

"We treated it as though those players were committed to Penn State on their roster, and we kind of used a recruiting scenario, if you will," Kelly said. "They were committed, and the only way that we'd be involved with them is if they de-committed and publicly said they're looking to transfer.

"If that occurred and they wanted to transfer, we would have taken it to the next step. We never got to that point, so it never became a situation for us that we had to take that next step."