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NCAA Easing Penn State Sanctions

Via the Centre Daily Times:

The NCAA will reduce one of the harsh sanctions imposed on Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.

The organization’s leaders said they will gradually restore football scholarships the university lost because of the sanctions. Five scholarships will be restored beginning in the next academic year, and the amount will increase going forward until the university reaches the full number of 85 for 2017-18.

In a statement, the NCAA attributed the decision to Penn State’s progress implementing changes recommended in the Freeh report and a recommendation by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, the independent athletics integrity monitor for Penn State. On a conference call with reporters, NCAA President Mark Emmert said the reduction was an “important recognition of the university’s progress.”

The NCAA will also consider rescinding the postseason bowl ban if Penn State continues to show progress, officials said. That will be an incentive for Penn State to continue its work, said LouAnn Simon, the chairwoman of the NCAA’s executive committee and the president of Michigan State University.

“The action taken today by the NCAA, following its review of the positive report issued this month by Sen. George Mitchell, recognizes the significant efforts over the past year to make Penn State a safer, stronger institution,” Penn State President Rodney Erickson said in a statement. “This news is certainly welcome to our university community, particularly the student athletes who may want to attend Penn State and will now have the means to do so. As we promised throughout this process, we are committed to continuing to improve all of our policies, procedures and actions.”

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