Former wide receiver Justin Brown confirmed he will continue to work to earn his degree from Penn State despite now playing football for Oklahoma. Former kicker Anthony Fera, who transferred to Texas, also will be working to complete his Penn state degree. Both players have said that the ability to finish their education through Penn State was important to them despite now playing football elsewhere.
"Just being there for years and putting in a lot of work on and off the field and in the community - no disrespect to Oklahoma, I'm sure that this is a great university - but I just felt like it meant a lot to get that Penn State degree,'' Brown said. "If a lot of courses weren't going to transfer, then I wouldn't be at OU,'' he said. ''I was going to get my degree regardless. Everything worked out. Everything fell in place.''
As you know by now, the NCAA granted any Penn State player a penalty-free transfer if they chose to move to a new location to play football. Nine players, including Brown and Fera, have chosen to take advantage of a second opportunity to play meaningful football this season. Those who have transferred have been ridiculed by some and wished well by others. But the idea of completing a degree through Penn State is interesting to me, and if nothing else it sort of speaks to the value of the Penn State educational focus that seems to get overlooked during all of the madness that has been going on.
I will preface this by saying that I am not a Penn State graduate, so from this standpoint I have no bias here. But I am curious how Penn Staters feel about this situation. Do you think players who transfer should be eligible for a Penn State degree? I happen to think it is perfectly fine but I do not know if I am in the minority here or the majority.
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@TheNLD NBD for JB, but hilarious that there's such a #CULTURE problem at #PSU that he'd rather PLAY at Okla, but GRADUATE from #PSU
It's interesting to see this from the outside looking in. Are they taking online classes or something to complete their degrees? I just don't see how you can say you're a Penn Stater or any other school when you abandoned the other part of why you were there ... You know, the second part of the student-athlete?
Thats a tough one. I understand Fera`s reason for transferring. So I have no problem with him wanting to still get his PSU degree. Brown in my opinion has not given a good reason for his transfer. So if he wants a PSU degree he can pay for it himself.
@TheNLD No way should they get a PSU degree. If it was so important to them then they should have stayed.
@TheNLD no. Period! They are student athletes first not athletes first. That means student then athlete. All in or all out.
@TheNLD - Absolutely NOT. Not a Penn Stater without that world-class degree. These guys who departed now in inferior academic situations.