Penn State Wide Receiver Justin Brown Headed To OU
The chaotic offseason for Penn State football continued Sunday when the Nittany Lions lost wide receiver Justin Brown to Oklahoma.
Brown is the ninth player lost by Penn State since the NCAA’s imposition of sanctions against the program resulting from former assistant Jerry Sandusky’s conviction of sexually abusing boys.
Coach Bill O’Brien, hired in January, has a tall order to keep the team together when practice starts Monday.
The NCAA sanctions, which included a four-year bowl ban, $60 million fine and reduction of scholarships, were announced two weeks ago.
Already without star running back Silas Redd — he transferred to USC last week — O’Brien learned over the weekend that Brown, the leading returning receiver from 2011 (35 catches for 517 yards), had accepted an offer from the Sooners. He’s the only senior among the nine players who transferred. Under an NCAA ruling, all nine are eligible this season.
Penn State has also lost linebacker Khairi Fortt to Cal, and other players may still transfer up until the Sept. 1 opener against Ohio.