What does Bench's transfer mean?

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Steven Bench didn't expect this. Nor did his family. Nor the fans.

The subject of Bench transferring wasn't broached over the weekend. His father said they chatted about school and, well, football -- what else?

The topic of those Bench family conversations shifted dramatically on Tuesday, when the sophomore quarterback sat down with Penn State coach Bill O'Brien. The Benches were somewhat light on details -- but it came down to Bench feeling he didn't have a shot at the starting job.