Around 25 current Penn State football players stood before the media on Wednesday morning and reaffirmed their commitment to playing football for the Nittany Lions in 2012. Running back Michael Zordich and linebacker Michael Mauti stood in front of the group. Among the players who were not there was junior running back Silas Redd.
Mauti made the following declaration about the team:
"This program was not built by one man and this program is sure as hell not going to get torn down by one man."
Redd's absence was notable because he is one of the program's top players and allegedly coveted by a handful of the country's most prominent college football programs. Redd was on his way to Big Ten media days. Redd's father offered a vague commitment on behalf of his son.
"Silas Redd is a student-athlete at Penn State University, period."
That statement is sure to leave fans guessing what will happen as other programs attempt to lure him away. The NCAA sanctions allowed students to transfer without penalty from Penn State.