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Coaches Mike London of Virginia and Ken Niumatalolo of Navy said they wouldn’t be surprised to see a number of Penn State players transfer, though Nittany Lions coach Bill O’Brien said in a conference call Tuesday that no current member of the team has indicated they will leave. Regardless of what happens with the Lions’ personnel, Niumatalolo said, Navy won’t look at them as lesser opponents.

“We’re the Naval Academy,” he said. “We’re always smaller than everybody we play. We don’t ever go to anybody saying we’re going to have a physical, size or speed advantage. Our mentality is to approach every game the same way.”

London said O’Brien’s task is extremely difficult because Penn State’s first-year coach not only has to try to keep current players from defecting, but he also has to convince prospective recruits to go to a program that is banned from postseason competition for four years.

“I can’t even imagine what coach O’Brien is going through right now and having to deal with that,” London said. “It makes for a very creative or a tough sell in someone’s living room. I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes.”

Niumatalolo said football coaches are used to dealing with adversity, but not to the extent of O’Brien.

“I can’t imagine,” Niumatalolo said, “what he’s going through.”