Michigan won't accept Penn State transfers because 'it's not our personality,' Brady Hoke says
Angela J. Cesere | AnnArbor.com
Brady Hoke said thanks, but no thanks.
The Michigan football team's head coach said Thursday at Big Ten media days in Chicago that his program will not accept Penn State players, even if they express interest in joining Michigan.
"It's not our personality," Hoke said.
The Nittany Lions were leveled this week with NCAA sanctions in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, and players were granted freedom to transfer anywhere without incurring the one-year sit-out rule.
Some schools already have taken advantage of the fluid situation. Illinois sent a large contingent to Happy Valley -- and reportedly to the campus itself, although coach Tim Beckman denied it -- and USC is widely reported to be courting star tailback Silas Redd.
But don't expect Michigan to follow suit.
"It's a philosophical choice," said Hoke, who has reached out to Penn State coach Bill O'Brien in the aftermath of the scandal.
Some coaches, such as Wisconsin's Bret Bielema, are taking a similar approach. Others, such as Illinois' Beckman, are going all-out to better their teams.
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said his approach lands somewhere in the middle. He has elected not to openly recruit Penn State players, but will engage in talks if a player calls him.
Hoke indicated even if a player calls him, he's not interested.
"You have team chemistry you worry about, and I think that's a big part of it," he said. "There's a lot of different answers and a lot of things you have to worry about."
Michigan did accept a former Penn State commit, four-star cornerback Ross Douglas, who defected from the Nittany Lions' 2013 class just hours after the NCAA delivered its sanctions Monday.
He joined the Wolverines' class Tuesday.
Since recruits can join and leave programs freely until they sign letters of intent in February, Douglas' situation is different than a current Penn State player joining Michigan.