Pat Devlin Leaving Penn State

Pat Devlin never seemed that enthusiastic about Penn State in the first place -- he originally committed to Miami only to decommit when Larry Coker was fired -- and now he can be unenthusiastic somewhere else:

Multiple sources have told that redshirt sophomore qurterback Pat Devlin has left the program and intends to transfer to another school.

As of this report, the destination was unclear, though sources indicate he is looking to transfer to the Football Championship Subdivision (DI-AA).

This is relevant: Devlin came off the bench and led a scoring drive in Penn State's win against Ohio State, and his departure leaves that guy with an extremely Italian last name (Paul Cianciolo) as the only other scholarship quarterback on the roster. If Clark gets knocked out of the Rose Bowl it could get ugly.

"Ugly" also seems a good word to describe how the transfer went down:

According to a source close to Paterno, Devlin, along with his parents, Mark and Connie, visited with the 81-year-old coach on Monday to express their displeasure over their son's situation. The Devlins brought with them a list of issues they had about Penn State's handling of their son.

By the end of the meeting, Pat Devlin had informed Paterno that he was leaving, the source said. With one game to play, however, Devlin's decision over whether he would play in the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl against Southern Cal was left dangling.

Yesterday, according to another source close to the team, Paterno asked Devlin if he had reached a verdict. The sophomore said he had not. Paterno made the decision for him, and by the end of the day, Devlin's locker was cleaned out.


More worrisome for Penn State fans is the eligibility situation. Cianciolo is a senior, Clark a junior, and Penn State's recruiting class currently contains zero quarterbacks. Penn State is playing with fire here.

(HT: Black Shoe Diaries.)

Pat Devlin Leaving Penn State originally appeared on NCAA Football FanHouse on Thu, 11 Dec 2008 11:14:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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