Unprecedented sanctions handed down from the NCAA to the Penn State football program Monday will not only affect the Nittany Lions and first-year coach Bill O’Brien, but also several other schools across the nation.
Ole Miss is just one of the many schools which could possibly augment its roster in the future through transfers associated with the loss of scholarships and bowl bans handed down by the NCAA. In a release, the NCAA said it would provide appropriate and immediate relief of some NCAA rules for all eligible football student-athletes.
Essentially, several provisions of NCAA legislation will be set aside to allow those students both a simpler transfer process and the opportunity to participate immediately wherever they choose to go, rather than sit out a year as a result of the usual transfer rules.
Under the guidelines, Penn State must release any incoming student-athlete from the National Letter of Intent. Permission-to-contact rules will be suspended, according to the NCAA, and Penn State can not restrict in any way a student-athlete from pursuing a possible transfer. All students have to do is inform Penn State of their desire to transfer to another school. A school must also then inform Penn State of their intention to open discussions with the player. (July 24, 2012, Page 6)