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Paterno denies Bolden's transfer request

Posted on: January 4, 2011 4:58 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Following Penn State's loss to Florida in the Outback Bowl on Saturday, news broke out that Robert Bolden had informed the school that he wanted to transfer.  Which meant that Penn State was going to lose the two quarterbacks who began 2010 atop the team's depth chart.  Well, it seems that after seeing Matt McGloin's five-interception performance against Florida, Joe Paterno isn't all that comfortable with the idea of coming back for another season without Bolden as an option.

According to Bolden's parents, their and his father met with Joe and Jay Paterno on Tuesday to discuss his request to transfer, and Joe Paterno refused to grant Bolden's release from his scholarship.  Which Robert Bolden Sr. wasn't a big fan of, saying that he doesn't agree with the decision, and neither does his son.

Robert's mother, however, is somewhat pleased with the news.

"I didn't want Rob to leave," Tonia Williams told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I think he should stay there. I just told him that I thought he was making the wrong decision. I really felt that he moved just a little bit too quick and too fast.

"I don't know what's going to happen now. He tried to get them to sign his release papers and they didn't do it. I don't know if that is going to make the situation worse or not, or if Rob will end up at another school."

Now, just because Bolden's release was denied now, doesn't mean it won't be approved in the future.  It could just be that Paterno would like his quarterback to take some more time before making his decision.  After all, you have to figure that if Bolden really does want out of Penn State, then there isn't much of a point in keeping him around.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2011 12:03 am

Paterno denies Bolden's transfer request

First off Bolden blows and was over hyped. Second Paul Jones was the much better of the two all spring. Third McGloin threw the deep ball well but blew on the short stuff. Bottom line once Jones becomes eligible Bolden wont see the field anyway.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 11:50 pm

Paterno denies Bolden's transfer request

Homey better find some student loans...

Since: May 22, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2011 11:40 pm

Paterno denies Bolden's transfer request

He could always redshirt his Sophomore year.  Thats what Mallet did after he left UofM.  He'll still get three more years of eligibility.  If he feels that he NEEDS to play right now, then yes, he could play in a lower division.  Although, with his other options, that doesn't really make much sense.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 9:54 pm

Paterno denies Bolden's transfer request

Actually, the transfer rule would require Bolden to sit out for a year before playing Division I football if he wants to leave Penn State.  It's not really the scholarship that keeps him from transferring as much as his ineligibility to play.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 9:33 pm

Paterno denies Bolden's transfer request

Bolden is welcome to go play for another team if he wants to.  He will just have to pay his way.  There is nothing forcing him to stay at Penn State except his commitment to play there.  And don't try to use the "coaches can go whenever" line, it's JoePa and Penn St.  He knew when he signed that man would be there till death.

Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2011 9:11 pm

Paterno denies Bolden's transfer request

Sue PSU & the NCAA- ridiculous!  The Boldens knew the rules when they signed with PSU.  It's not his right to choose to come and go- playing for PSU (along with the free degree) was an offer extended that was accepted.  
Coaches are paid professionals that can come & go per their contract- they can be sued if the school wants (if they break the contract & leave early), just as a coach could sue if he was let go early and didn't get the remaining paycheck left on the contract (unless they they violate a clause like chocking the mother of their out of wedlock children).
It's a difficult situation for these young QBs that choose a big time school.  All of them were blue chip HS players, and now must compete to play, as the major programs will always have 3-4 legit D1 QBs on their roster.  When you see a Mark Sanchez $ucceed in the NFL right out of college, these young QBs demand immediate playing time.

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2011 8:55 pm

Paterno denies Bolden's transfer request

I hope Bolden and his father sue the crap out of JoePa, PSU, and the NCAA.  The fact that coaches can pack-up and leave whenever they want, yet can hold teenagers hostage has got to be illegal somehow.  It certainly is immoral and unjust.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 7:21 pm

Paterno denies Bolden's transfer request

Bolden should have been an option after the 4th pick in the bowl game.  To continue to throw the ball was a terrible decision.  Whatever happened to PSU power run game?  Joe Pa needs to Go Pa...quick!

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 6:52 pm

Paterno denies Bolden's transfer request

the ironic thing is that if Joe Pa wanted to cut him before his 4 years was up he could.....but the player is locked in.

NCAA is a joke!!!

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2011 6:11 pm

Paterno denies Bolden's transfer request

I actually have a feeling that if a kid asked JoePa for money, the old man would give him the $4 in his pocket (he has no need for cash on campus) and act pissed when the kid commented that it wasn't enough to buy his lunch.  See, JoePa brown bags it.  Laughing

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