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Penn State Loses First Player Since NCAA Child-Abuse Sanctions

July 31 (Bloomberg) -- Pennsylvania State University lost its first football player to another school since the program was hit with sanctions that include a four-year bowl ban.

Tim Buckley, who was a redshirt freshman safety at Penn State last season, transferred to North Carolina State. He attended high school in Raleigh, North Carolina, where North Carolina State is located.

“The opportunity to come here and play at my state university, so close to home, was something that I couldn’t pass up,” Buckley said in a statement released by North Carolina State.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association on July 23 hit Penn State with a $60 million fine, took away 20 scholarships annually for four years and issued a postseason ban that matches the longest in college football history after determining that school officials tried to cover up child abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The NCAA also said it would allow any entering or returning Penn State football player to transfer to another school and play immediately.

Buckley, who didn’t mention the sanctions given to Penn State, will be eligible to compete for North Carolina State in 2012 and will have four years to play. He finished Penn State’s spring practice listed as a backup at free safety.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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