Penn State transfers headed to the Big 12?

July, 27, 2012
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DALLAS -- Big 12 coaches aren't ruling out any ideas of bringing in transfers from Penn State.

The NCAA levied historic sanctions against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. As part of it, players can transfer without having to sit out a season, and coaches may contact players.

Several Big 12 coaches say they're open to the idea. Asked if he'd scanned Penn State's roster, Kansas coach Charlie Weis had a simple answer: "Yes."

"You have to be respectful to Coach (Bill) O'Brien and the people who are trying to make good of a bad situation. But, at the same time, the rules are the rules," Weis said. "When the dust settles, I think there will be several players that entertain the thought of going somewhere else, especially the way it was presented to them.

"So I think that any program that didn't do homework prior to this decision coming out, you know, was behind on that one."

Weis has brought in a parade of transfers to Kansas, including three from his former school, Notre Dame.

"We don't take a whole lot of transfers. ... you take transfers if you need immediate help. That's what transfers are all about," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. "I think it can be beneficial if you identify what your needs are."

The key now, Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy says, is keeping an open mind. The distance between the schools could complicate any possible transfers.

"It's not a priority for us right now," he said. "But if there were some interest out there, I would think just like any other business or any other football team, you would look at it."

Gundy hasn't had much success with transfers, though the Cowboys took in former Arizona quarterback Daxx Garman this offseason.

One school which has cashed in on transfers lately is Baylor. The Bears will have two big new names on the field this season: running back Lache Seastrunk from Oregon, and former Michigan receiver Darryl Stonum. The school also reportedly added Colorado State linebacker Mike Orakpo. Stonum and Orakpo had major legal issues, and Seastrunk was at the center of a recruiting controversy in Eugene, but bringing in players boils down to one thing, Baylor coach Art Briles said.

"If a guy can play, we're going to look at him without question. I like getting guys that are mature," Briles said. "Not that 18yearolds are not, but when you take a guy that's been through a few trials and tribulations and understands what's important, what's not, and has experience -- because there's one thing money can't buy, and that's experience, you gotta live it, you've got to taste it, you've got to feel it -- then we know what we're getting, too."

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