Penn State coach Bill O'Brien believes core of team will be back

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Penn State coach Bill O’Brien says he doesn’t anticipate losing the core of his team, despite the heavy sanctions the NCAA dropped on the Nittany Lions.

Joining his colleagues at Big Ten Media Day on Thursday in Chicago, O’Brien said he and his players are ready to push hard against adversity. Penn State is facing plenty of that after the NCAA levied tough penalties on the program this week, all stemming from the school’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

The sanctions will keep Penn State out of bowl games for four years and allow players to transfer without sitting out. Those who are going to make a move will likely do so soon. Training camp for all schools begins in early August.

Buzz has centered on the possible departure of Silas Redd, an incoming junior tailback who earned second-team All-Big Ten Conference honors last season while rushing for 1,241 yards.

According to ESPN.com, Redd met with Southern Cal coach Lane Kiffin for three hours Thursday in Connecticut.

O’Brien said he didn’t know of any player who is planning to transfer from Penn State.

“The sanctions are what they are. It’s time to get up and get going,” O’Brien said.

GEORGIA: A pulled hamstring kept Malcolm Mitchell sidelined during the final week of spring practices, but coaches saw enough to think that the sophomore who has yet to play a college snap at cornerback can be a big help on defense.

“He’s probably our best corner,” secondary coach Scott Lakatos said of Mitchell, who played wide receiver last year. “He’s good. He’s a good player.”

Is Mitchell already the best cornerback even if former Westside star Sanders Commings and Branden Smith – both facing early-season suspensions – were available?

“A-ha,” Lakatos said. “He’s a good corner. He’s got a chance to be a great corner. Oh, yeah.”

FLORIDA: Defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III, the No. 4-ranked player in the country out of Tampa, Fla., announced on Twitter that he is going to play for Florida.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back chose the Gators over Clemson, Miami, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame.

FLORIDA STATE: Coach Jimbo Fisher has told his players they can’t use their Twitter accounts for the rest of the year.

Fisher’s move came after some Seminole players tweeted objectionable material on their Twitter sites in recent weeks.


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