Penn State’s Manny Diaz Says NCAA Transfer Portal Isn’t ‘Fantasy Football’

Penn State coach James Franklin accepts, understands and employs the NCAA Transfer Portal but isn’t its biggest fan philosophically. The Lions try to be “very strategic and calculated” in using the portal to find players, Franklin said.

New defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, the former head coach at Miami, said he values ​​the transfer portal in a similar way. Now, Franklin and Diaz are working together to make the portal work better for Penn State.

“To have success in the portal, you have to know why [players are] leaving, know what they’re looking for,” Diaz said, “because you don’t want to bring a problem into your locker room. So there’s a lot of homework to be done.

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