Kevin Newsome came to Penn State as a highly-touted recruit, and spent his freshman season on the sideline watching Daryll Clark finish his Penn State career thinking that he'd be the man to take over the job in 2010. Sure, he had to have a competition with Matt McGloin before the season started, but come on, McGloin was a walk on, the job was Newsome's.
What Newsome didn't count on was Robert Bolden coming in and taking the job away from both of them. To make matters worse, when Bolden went down with a concussion, it wasn't Newsome who got the call to replace him. It was McGloin, and McGloin would keep the job. So because of all this, it's not exactly surprising to hear the news out of Happy Valley that it's more of a Sad Valley for Newsome, and he's planning on transferring.
A report on the Penn State football website, Bluewhiteillustrated.com, indicates Newsome, a true sophomore, wants out of State College. There are no quotes from Newsome or Newsome's family members, the report is based on sources. PSU football spokesman Jeff Nelson said Thursday he was unaware of any change in Newsome's status. And it's also worth noting that the reporter who authored the story, Nate Bauer, was not sure if Newsome had informed the PSU coaching staff of his intentions.
Of course, as the report in The Patriot-News says, there is no official word from Newsome yet, nor has Penn State been told of these plans, so it's still possible that Newsome won't leave. Still, I doubt that's the case unless Newsome wants to spend the final two seasons of his college career holding a clipboard on the sideline.
I'm pretty sure that's not what he came to Penn State to do. He wants to play, and it doesn't look like he's going to get that opportunity in State College.