Posted August 09, 2013

Big Ten Commissioner: No plan to reduce Penn State sanctions

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Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany isn't ready to reduce Penn State's sanctions. (Photo by Jason Szenes/Getty Images)

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany isn’t ready to reduce Penn State’s sanctions. (Photo by Jason Szenes/Getty Images)

Members of the Penn State Board of Trustees and Nittany Lions head football coach Bill O’Brien have asked for the NCAA to meet Penn State halfway on NCAA imposed sanction, but Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said he won’t make that step just yet.

Delany said he is not ready to seek leniency from the NCAA on the school’s behalf.  The school was hit hard with sanctions, including a four-year bowl ban and scholarship reductions because of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

“I don’t know that we’d become an advocate, but we’re obviously interested in the progress that’s being made,” Delany told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette“And you know, there’s always a mechanism, but I am more concerned about what it is we have control over, not asking somebody else to do something that I don’t have control over.”

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The Big Ten Conference withheld from Penn State the $2.3 million allotment given to each conference member as part of a bowl payout. Penn State is slated to lose out on $13 million from Big Ten sanctions over a four-year period.


3 comments
Dustin3
Dustin3

Why is this always brought up? Why was it when Ohio St and USC were harshly punished by the NCAA, we didn't continually hear about reducing their sanctions? Then you figure what USC and OSU did paled in comparison to what happened to Penn St.

Brian1980
Brian1980

@Dustin3 Could be because, as ESPNSucks1 noted, the NCAA didn't investigate.  It could also be because Penn State didn't violate any NCAA rules.  None.  This was a criminal matter, one that hasn't even made it through the courts.  It has nothing to do with the NCAA.  The sanctions should be reduced to nothing if the NCAA follows it's on rules and regulations.  

ESPNSucks1
ESPNSucks1

@Dustin3 Probably because there was absolutely no due process and no NCAA investigation into the matter. They just acted based on the Summary of the Freeh Report. I would bet that Mark Emmert and his crew didn't read the report, just the summary. In addition there were some prominent broadcasters and media outlets who said the NCAA got it wrong (despite some of their news networks covering the story non-stop 24/7 and actually calling for the death penalty).

Either way, I don't see the sanctions being reduced in the end, so the talk is just talk.