2 Dozen Penn State Football Players Declare They're Staying

With schools from all around the country and every major conference closing in, a group of "about 30" Penn State players gathered Wednesday morning to affirm their desire to remain in State College and play for the Nittany Lions. That's despite the NCAA's ruling that players can escape sanctions by freely transferring to another school, thereby avoiding the typical one-year penalty for switching teams. So far, only one player, backup Ryan Nowicki, has reportedly left.

Michael Zordich and Michael Mauti led the proceedings, joined by others who'd already declared themselves true blue and white. The crowd didn't include Silas Redd, who reportedly has an open invitation to USC. He could be busy making his way to Big Ten Media Days, which begin Thursday in Chicago, though.

For more on Nittany Lions football, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire, SB Nation Pittsburgh and SB Nation Philly.

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