PSU departures mark curious turn

I couldn’t help but notice the recent announcement regarding four Penn State players transferring or leaving the football program.

I was particularly surprised to see Richy Anderson and Jonathan Warner, sons of former Penn State players Richie Anderson and Curt Warner, respectively, on that list.

Everyone knows it’s been a tumultuous couple of years for the Nittany Lions. Joe Paterno was fired and then died. Bill O’Brien stayed two years and is now in his first year with the Houston Texans.

Sons following their fathers to Penn State has been pretty common over the years.

However, sons of prominent former players leaving seems to be something new to those who have followed the program for more than a few years.

Does this signal a more difficult transition to Penn State for new coach James Franklin and his staff than he might have expected?

I’ve also noted that a few of Franklin’s top recruits have decommited. How’s that “dominate the state” thing going?

Recruiting in the western part of the state especially will be interesting with Tom Bradley now at West Virginia.

I’ve also noticed that the annual Blue-White game didn’t attract the number of fans Franklin predicted would attend.

Of course, it’s hard not to be happy with the usual big crowd (73,000) that did attend.

Then again, I’ve also noticed that you can still buy season tickets. That’s something that hardly ever happened a few short years ago.

About the only time fans could get off of a long waiting list was when the stadium was being expanded to increase attendance.

I guess it might just be me, but from a distance, although I do read the online version of the Altoona Mirror and check the Penn State website daily, things just don’t seem to be right with the football program at this time.

Will Walk

Spring, Texas