We now have our first player to take advantage of liberal transfer rules and leave Penn State. Nittany Lions fans can hope the first transfer is the only kind they will have to endure.
Safety Tim Buckley, a walk-on who redshirted last season, has transferred to NC State. Buckley was not expected to be much of a contributor to the Nittany Lions this season.
He's also a native of Raleigh, N.C., so the move to the Wolfpack makes total sense. In fact, it's not too much of a stretch to think he might have transferred without the NCAA sanctions. Either way, this is the type of player who seems most likely to transfer -- one who has more of a chance for playing time somewhere else.
It's a whole other planet when you're talking about Silas Redd, Khairi Fortt or even Anthony Fera transferring. This is one bit of transfer news that Penn State fans won't sweat over, though it remains somewhat noteworthy because it's the first one.