Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/10/14

Today the NCAA announced the “non-death penalty” death penalty given to the Penn State football program, including a $60 million fine, a four year post-season bowl ban, all wins from 1998 to 2011 vacated, and a loss of 40 total scholarships for the next four years (10 per year). Included in that announcement was the fact that all current Penn State players will be allowed an immediate transfer without loss of eligibility or a waiting period, similar to the transfers they allowed to SMU players following the sanctions leveled on that program in the late 1980s. Also, all incoming recruits will be released from their National Letters of Intent. And, if verified, it is being reported that the NCAA is considering waiving scholarship limits to the programs in which athletes transfer to since most schools are already at or near their scholarship max.

Ultimately, expect a majority of the current Penn State players are likely to jump ship, and most if not all current recruits will likely decommit. After all, if there’s no chance of going to a bowl game, what incentive is there for a student-athlete to participate in that schools football program any longer? So that begs the questions: Should Notre Dame pursue any of these Penn State players, and if so, who?

Regarding whether or not the Irish should consider going after these players, at first I was a little hesitant. These young men are coming from a now scandal-ridden program and could bring with them unwanted media attention to a team that is trying to re-establish itself as a national powerhouse, and has had its own fair share of problems (see the Declan Sullivan tragedy). But then I realized that these young men were not the perpetrators of any of the offenses alleged to have been committed by the Penn State coaches and administration. Why should they be denied a chance to continue their collegiate careers at an institution of Notre Dame’s academic prestige and athletic history just because their names are tied to a horrendous crime they had no part in or any control over? So, yes, if the players want to come to Notre Dame, they should absolutely be allowed to do so by the coaches and athletic department.

With that out of the way, who should the Irish focus on? We’ll start with the 2013 recruiting class. Assuming all of the current commitments take themselves elsewhere, the best bets for a Nittany Lion-Irish defection are:

- CB Ross Douglas (4-star, ESPN.com, Rivals.com)

- OL Dorian Johns (4-star, ESPN.com, Rivals.com)

- OL Brandon Mahon (4-star, ESPN.com, Rivals.com)

- OL Andrew Nelson (4-star, ESPN.com, 3-star Rivals.com)

And a few current Nittany Lions who would potentially be Notre Dame targets should they transfer (and the NCAA relaxes the scholarship limits, again not confirmed yet):

- DT DaQuan Jones, Junior

- RT Donovan Smith, Freshman

- DE CJ Olanyian, Junior

- WR Allen Robinson, Sophomore

- S Adrian Amos, Sophomore

Again, this is not an official list of potential targets, nor a comprehensive one, just a few I have picked as potentials should Notre Dame decided to purse some of these student-athletes.

It’s going to be an interesting couple of weeks in the world of college football. Stay tuned.

Follow me on Twitter @expertfan1

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Devon Still: Daughter has complications with transplant

Rivers denies report of problems with CP3 and Jordan

Orlando Magic hope Skiles can right sinking ship

Falcons waive Shembo over animal cruelty charges

Report: Tom Brady’s suspension appeal hearing set for June 23

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Peterson is wrong (sorta): NFL players have great power

Scout: A-Rod 'looks like he doesn't give a (expletive)'

Belichick mum on Deflategate in first remarks since discipline

Dwight Howard suspended for first game of 2015-16 season

Bucs veterans missing Jameis while he's at rookie symposium

Bulls GM: No teams asked to talk with Tom Thibodeau

WATCH: Josh Hamilton hits first two homers of the season

Did Andrew Bogut take a shot at Mark Jackson?

$70 million Reebok deal is bad for UFC fighters

If the Warriors win the NBA title, the parade will be for Oakland

SEC no longer allows transfers with 'serious misconduct' issues

Klay Thompson officially diagnosed with concussion

Snoop Dogg hooks Texas A&M up with adidas cleats

WATCH: Stephen Curry rides a mini-horse

Metta World Peace gets ejected after five fouls in one minute

On satellite camps and the SEC crying over its self-protections

Four NFL quarterbacks set to take a step back in 2015

Spelling Bee co-champ wears LeBron jersey under shirt

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Devon Still's daughter has complications with transplant

$70M Reebok deal is bad for UFC fighters

If the Warriors win the title, the parade will be for Oakland

Peterson is wrong (sorta): NFL players have great power

Dwight Howard suspended for first game of 2015-16 season

Four QBs set to take step back in 2015

Spelling Bee co-champ wears LeBron jersey under shirt

Top 10 stories from 2015 NBA Playoffs

Rangers-Lightning Game 7 preview

The can't-miss Prince Fielder

Chip Kelly: Tebow is a quarterback

For LeBron, it's about more than the ring

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.