Among the notable exceptions current football student-athletes will see:
- Players will not have to sit out a year if they decide to transfer, they will be eligible immediately at their new school.
- All incoming class of 2012 signees can be released from their letters of intent.
- The permission to contact rules regarding current players will be suspended. Penn State can't restrict a player from transferring and all the player has to do is notify Penn State of their intent to transfer. Other schools must simply inform the PSU athletic department of their intention to talk to a transfer as well.
- All signees and current players may take as many official or unofficial visits as they want during the 2012-13 academic year.
Perhaps most interesting is the fact that the NCAA is "considering" waiving scholarship limits for programs to which the football players are transferring to. This would circumvent the limit of 25 signees and 85 total players for the upcoming year.