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Backup LB leaves Penn State for personal reasons

Backup LB leaves Penn State for personal reasons

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) A backup linebacker who didn't play in 2012 after becoming the first signee with Penn State since the NCAA announced sanctions has left the Nittany Lions.

Coach Bill O'Brien announced on the team's Twitter account that Brennan Franklin had departed for personal reasons.

The freshman never entered a game for Penn State. A native of Peoria, Ariz., Franklin was set to attend junior college at Eastern Arizona before accepting a last-minute scholarship offer in late July.

He committed to Penn State after the NCAA levied sanctions including scholarship reductions on July 23.

Backup tailback Curtis Dukes also left the team this week, while five freshmen arrived as early enrollees including tight end Adam Breneman.

O'Brien also welcomed two walk-ons as early arrivals to boost depth at quarterback in freshmen D.J. Crook, of West Barnstable, Mass., and Austin Whipple, of Westlake, Ohio. Whipple's father, Mark, is a coaching veteran who most recently was an assistant for the Cleveland Browns.

Last year's backup, Steven Bench, and junior college transfer Tyler Ferguson are also on the roster. They're expected to compete for the starting job in spring practice, with prospect Christian Hackenberg expected to commit to Penn State in February and join the team over the summer.

Football scholarships are precious commodities now at Penn State. The NCAA - as part of its landmark punishment of the program for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal - reduced the maximum number of scholarships that Penn State could offer each year from 25 to 15 for a four-year period, starting with the 2013 recruiting class.

However, early enrollees technically count against the previous year's tally, Meaning the 2013 class could include up to 20 players.

Also, Penn State can't have more than 65 scholarship players at any time for a four-year period starting in 2014, down from 85.

The scholarship reductions mean O'Brien will have to rely more heavily on walk-ons to fill depth. They're now called ``run-ons'' at Penn State because of the need to show hustle on the practice field.

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Wait, what? Report says Bill Belichick 'inquired' about coaching the Redskins

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Wait, what? Report says Bill Belichick 'inquired' about coaching the Redskins

Bill Belichick is the greatest coach in NFL history. He's won six Super Bowl titles and made the playoffs every year in the last decade. Other coaches were great - Bill Walsh and Joe Gibbs among a few - but nobody is Belichick. 

That's what makes a recent report out of Boston so near impossible to believe. 

Belichick checked in on coaching in Washington? The Redskins? 

Those are valid points, I guess. Belichick spent much of his young life in Annapolis and has great affinity for that area. He's talked about that openly. 

The timeline also makes some sense. Many reports out of New England in 2017 showed a power struggle between Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft about what to do with legendary quarterback Tom Brady as then backup Patriots QB Jimmy Garropolo got closer to free agency. New England wouldn't be able to keep both, and there has been speculation that Belichick wanted to keep the younger passer. 

Eventually, Garropolo got traded to the 49ers, for a surprisingly low return, and New England went to two more Super Bowls, winning last year. 

This year, however, marked the first real time the Patriots looked mortal. Brady's completion percentage dipped to 60.8 percent, his lowest since 2013, and he threw fewer passing yards than any 16-game season since 2010. Now, Brady is a free agent and for the first time ever the possibility of playing somewhere else seems real, even if only somewhat realistic.

Still, Belichick coaching the Redskins seems like the longest of shots. Checking on a job - looking at financial considerations or asking about parameters - and actually taking a job can be two very different things. 

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