On Monday, the NCAA came down hard on the Penn State football program. And, that's putting it lightly. Essentially, they gave the Nittany Lions the dreaded "death penalty" without actually killing them off. They hit them with a huge $60 million fine, a four-year bowl ban, and a drastic reduction in scholarships over the course of the next four years. And, worst of all? They said that any and all current PSU players could leave the program and play elsewhere this coming season without the usual NCAA penalty. That made it just about certain that the 2012 season would be a disaster for Penn State.

But, as it turns out, things might not be so bad in Happy Valley this fall. Early this morning, a group of about 30 current players got together and released a statement pledging to stay with the team next season. That group of players didn't include star running back Silas Redd, but it did include more than two dozen key PSU players.

So, disaster averted. Er, well, at least for next season.

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[via SB Nation]