UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Arizona Wildcats coaches have talked to a handful of Penn State players about transferring in the wake of NCAA sanctions, coach Rich Rodriguez said today.
Speaking at Pac-12 media day at the Gibson Amphitheater, Rodriguez — who was hired in November as Mike Stoops' full-time replacement — said his coaches have talked to “a couple guys, because we know ’em.”
Rodriguez said he expects a resolution quickly. The NCAA sanctioned Penn State Monday morning, a ruling that permits players to transfer to other institutions immediately without penalty or delay. Arizona has the scholarship room to add players.
“I don’t know if any of them will come, or if it’ll work out with them,” Rodriguez said. “The turnaround’s going to be pretty quick. The timing’s not good for any of them.”
Rodriguez said his coaching staff knows “more than a dozen” players currently on the Nittany Lions’ roster, mostly from their time spent coaching in the Midwest and on the east coast. Rodriguez once recruited PSU quarterback Rob Bolden to Michigan.
Rodriguez said he would only take either impact players or potential stars, should any players decide to transfer to Tucson.
Read more in Wednesday's Arizona Daily Star.