NCAA Lifts Certain Penn State Sanctions


NCAA Lifts Certain Penn State Sanctions

by Anthony Caruso on September 30, 2013

The National Collegiate Athletic Association recently announced its decision to reduce several of the sanctions it levied against Penn State's football program following the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

The NCAA said it will restore some of the scholarships to the popular university beginning next year, and is considering making future changes to the sanctions, such as reducing the four-year postseason ban. Penn State had initially faced a cap of 65 scholarships starting in 2014, but instead will have 75 scholarships in 2014, 80 in 2015, and the full allotment of 85 in 2016. The Penn State sanctions were the most severe the NCAA has levied against any university under sports law, and the softening of this punishment is the result of the school's full compliance with the rules.

"While there is more work to be done, Penn State has clearly demonstrated its commitment to restoring integrity in its athletics program," said former Sen. George Mitchell. "The university has substantially completed the initial implementation of all the Freeh Report recommendations and its obligations to the Athletics Integrity Agreement, so relief from the scholarship reductions is warranted and deserved."

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