During an interview on ESPN’s Mike & Mike program on Wednesday, Penn State football coach Bill O’Brien, pictured, said Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz was among a handful of college coaches who called him after initial inquiries were made by Nittany Lions players who are considering possible transfers. He said he appreciated the call, something a number of other coaches did not do.

Penn State players have until Aug. 6 to decide if they will leave the program in the wake of NCAA sanctions levied this week.

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Iowa actively was involved in the recruitment of two current Penn State players when they were high school athletes, running back Akeel Lynch and wide receiver Malik Golden.