Glenn Carson already knows what his response will be if he's contacted by any other teams this offseason about the possibility of transfer.
Linebacker Glenn Carson wants to take a bigger leadership role in 2013.
"I'm Penn State," the junior middle linebacker said. "I'm not going anywhere."
Saturday's 24-21 overtime defeat of Wisconsin officially marked the end of Penn State's 2012 season. Bill O'Brien plans to meet with each player individually, then devote most of his focus to recruiting. The players themselves will resume conditioning and ponder next season.
As part of the NCAA sanctions delivered last summer, all will have the option of transferring to another program, without sitting out a year, until the start of preseason camp. The returning players who met with reporters after Saturday's game believe they and their teammates will be just that -- returning players.
"I think that we're all going to stick together again," Carson said. "Obviously, there's going to be some coaches calling some of our players, but hopefully after this emotional win and just how much fun we've had together this season. I have a hard time believing that anyone would want to leave this program."
Penn State will lose 10 seniors who either started or played significant roles this season, but plenty of serious talent with multiple years of eligibility remaining -- running back Zach Zwinak, wide receiver Allen Robinson, tight ends Kyle Carter and Jesse James, cornerback Adrian Amos, offensive tackle Donovan Smith and defensive linemen Deion Barnes and Anthony Zettel -- return.
James said he's had discussions with his younger teammates on the subject and doesn't expect any additional departures.
"We're going to be fine. Guys are going to stay around," James said. "After a game like this, everyone will be here next year, I'm sure."
Even if they should lose a few teammates, the Nittany Lions have already learned how to regroup and respond. Key players Silas Redd, Justin Brown, Anthony Fera and Khairi Fortt left before this season started but Penn State found ways to replace them.
"In the summer, that hit us very hard," wide receiver Brandon Moseby-Felder said. "We chose to stick together. That's what family's all about. We're one big family, and we're not gonna leave."