Akron receiver transfers to Penn State

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This time, a player is coming to Penn State.

In an interesting twist, Akron Zips wide receiver Jared Fagnano transferred to the Nittany Lions, in large part because of the NCAA's sanctions.

Nine players have already left the university amid a postseason ban and fewer scholarships, but Fagnano saw a chance. A redshirt freshman, Fagnano spent about a week discussing the situation with his parents and brother, Penn State safety Jake Fagnano.

"With all those guys leaving, it opened up spots and gave me an opportunity," Jared Fagnano told ESPN.com. "And I've just always wanted to play football there."

Fagnano, who grew up in Williamsport, Pa., asked for his release from Akron earlier this month after he wasn't invited to preseason camp. He soon contacted Penn State's coaching staff, who seemed receptive.

The 5-foot-10, 182-pounder won't have a scholarship this season and will have to sit out a year due to transfer rules. He has three years of eligibility remaining.

"I wouldn't say it was an easy decision because I liked Akron, I fit up there," Jared said. "But it was an easy decision in the sense I could play at Penn State and play with my brother. That's always kind of been a dream for me, just to be on Penn State. I was real excited when I found out I had that opportunity."
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