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Penn State Players Could Transfer, Play For Rich Rodriguez At Arizona

There's an awfully big mess at Penn State right now. As the program tries to rebuild in the coming years, many of the players currently on the roster are considering a move to a different school. The NCAA has ruled any players who elect to transfer would not have to sit out a year due to special circumstances.

At Pac-12 Media Day, Arizona Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez said numerous players have contacted UA about a transfer for the upcoming season.

It makes a lot of sense given the circumstances in Tucson.

According to this story from Ryan Finley of the Arizona Daily Star, RichRod and quite a few of his coaches know a handful of Penn St. players from their days with West Virginia and Michigan. Rodriguez is not allowed to comment on individual players due to NCAA rules, but it is believed he would welcome any worthwhile defensive players with arms wide open.

"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."

Tucson is obviously a hike from PSU, but the 'Cats could provide a great situation for those who have seen their college careers completely derailed due to the sanctions levied on Monday. Given the lack of proven defensive talent on the roster, there would be plenty of minutes up for grabs as fall practice starts next week.

As for the kind of player RichRod is looking for:

"Anybody fast who can play defense," Rodriguez told Anthony Gimino of the Tucson Citizen.

For more on the Wildcats and their preparations for the season, check out AZ Desert Swarm.