ACTUALLY, PSU will have to pull the scholarships on 20 football players (immediately or in 2013 ?), won't they ?
Maybe the top recruits are more likely to jump, and the less prominent guys who have fewer options might be more inclined to stay.
Tute79, from my understanding from press reports...
Every PSU win 1998-2011 has been vacated. Paterno's 111 wins during the period are lost;
#112 is lost too after Paterno's dismissal on Nov. 9; added also against the school (the game won against Ohio State);
Vacated wins don't count as losses or wins for either school.
As to scholarships...
Next season through 2016, PSU can sign 15 recruits per year; most teams can sign 25.
Starting with the 2014 season, PSU can have 65 players on fb scholarship until after the 2017 season, instead of the usual 85.
FCS schools may offer a total of 63 fb scholarships. So in numbers, PSU would not have to fall below that level, and could still draw better recruits than near all FCS level schools. Where it may hurt, like when many FCS schools play FBS schools, is in the matter of depth.
PSU will have to be very strategic in their near future scholarship rendering, coupled with potential recruits who may opt from Penn State due to bowl and championship bans and related. I doubt the school will be focusing on depriving scholarships already signed and rendered. The new PSU fb coaching staff probably had a good idea something like this was coming.
(Know this is the ACC thread, but Pitt, 'Cuse, Maryland, etc., may pick up some recruits that otherwise may have gone to Penn State during the next few years or so.)