Big Ten at Ten 8.1.12: MASSTRANSFERS

COLUMBUS OH - NOVEMBER 13: Silas Redd #25 of the Penn State Nittany Lions PWNS THE SHIT OUT OF Jermale Hines #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 13 2010 in Columbus Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Dennis Dodd is a yellow journalist. He's a scandalmongering sensationalist who generates his own news for page hits and uses demagoguery to make his point. Often, he'll pick the more popular side of an argument and go to the mattresses for five or six weeks long after the controversy has passed. As an Hawkeye fan I've always known that Dodd has had it out for Kirk Ferentz and Iowa. Why? I cannot tell you. All I can tell you is that following the rhabdo incident, Dodd published an article (among many others) titled Mass transfers could be next stain for Ferentz, Iowa. It was a piece based on pure speculation and cited no evidence to support his conclusion that "mass transfers" could happen.

Sure enough, only a single Iowa player transferred as a result of the rhabdo incident, there were no "mass transfers", Dodd never answered any questions about his piece, #MASSTRANSFERS became a joke among Iowa fans and the world kept on spinning. Fortunately for Dodd, he had other sensational news to generate with Tresselgate and the Penn State scandal. It's good to be a "journalist" these days.

The Penn State Nittany Lions have lost a couple recruits and players over the past few days, or as Dennis Dodd would say: PENN STATE IS EXPERIENCING MASS TRANSFERS. Among the earliest players reported to be transferring was Anthony Fera, a kicker who supposedly made the move to the University of Texas. Of course, that report was premature and Fera is only considering transferring to Texas. It sounds like Fera could make a decision over the next 10 days.

Then there’s Rob Bolden, the former starting quarterback who asked to be released from his scholarship long before the NCAA sanctions were handed down. Bolden’s request had more to do with his realization that he couldn’t overtake Matt McGloin on the depth chart than the sanctions. Think about what I just said and you’ll LOL. He’ll join LSU in camp today and become the next hilariously ineffective quarterback to lead the Tigers to a BCS National Championship game. That’s right, SEC, tell me more about your superior offensive presence.

Everyone seems to forget about safety Tim Buckley, who transferred to North Carolina State on Monday. Buckley, who began his career as a preferred walk-on, was listed as a second-string safety on Penn State’s depth chart. He’s also a native of Raleigh and will be on scholarship for the Wolfpack.

Per ESPN and their sources (247Sports.com), junior tight end Kevin Haplea is transferring to Florida State. Haplea has three seasons of eligibility remaining if he decides to redshirt.

The biggest news is the departure of running back Silas Redd to USC. Redd, aka Penn State’s entire offense (seriously, McGloin is terrible), released the following statement:

This has obviously been a very busy, emotionally draining week for me and my family…As many of you know, playing football at Penn State has been a dream of mine since I was seven years old, and I will be forever grateful that this dream became a reality.

This is the reason that the decision I have made is so difficult for me: I will transfer to USC to complete my education and my college football career, beginning in the 2012-2013 year.

Penn State gave me a phenomenal opportunity to become part of a legendary football program. My teammates, my coaches — past and present — and the staff have provided me with a tremendous amount of guidance and support since I arrived on campus, and I can't thank them enough for their time, their advice, and their friendship. They have given me such a strong foundation from which I can continue to grow.

Some Penn State fans accepted that Redd had to make the best decision possible and wished him the best of luck. Others, like Twitter hardass James Bigelow, decided to call Redd names and use terrible grammar to insult him. The Tweet I’m looking for has since been deleted but fortunately, Mark Ennis quoted it in a Retweet:

Brilliant. Keep up the good fight, Mr. Bigelow.

ED NOTE: Naturally, as I'm writing this, Jason Kirk and the mothership release the Penn State transfer tracker which makes this entire blurb pointless. That's life, huh?

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Finally: Notre Dame, Gary's independent team.

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