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Ross Douglas Decommits From Penn State, Athlete Exodus Could Follow

Penn State avoided the death penalty when the NCAA handed down a long list of sanctions for the school following the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. The punishments handed down could have a more powerful impact on the football program with a reduction of scholarships. One recruit, Ohio cornerback Ross Douglas, has already decommitted from the Nittany Lions program.

Douglas could be the first of an exodus from the program. Along with the sanctions, the NCAA will allow Penn State players to transfer to other schools without penalty. That should unleash a wave of recruiting efforts by competing schools looking to pluck away Nittany Lions.

Rules governing permission-to-contact players on the Penn State program have also been lifted by the NCAA, putting every player on the roster up for grabs.

On top of that, Bryan Fisher of CBS reports that the NCAA is considering waiving the limit for schools to take on PSU scholarship transfers.

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