Posted September 24, 2013

NCAA to gradually restore Penn State football scholarships

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Bill O'Brien and Penn State will have footballs scholarships restored by the NCAA. (Getty Images)

Bill O’Brien and Penn State will have footballs scholarships gradually restored by the NCAA. (Getty Images)

The NCAA Executive Committee on Tuesday released plans to gradually restore football scholarships to Penn State that were lost due to sanctions connected to the Jerry Sandusky sexual assault scandal.

Beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, five additional initial scholarships will be restored to the Penn State football team each year through 2017-18.

According to the NCAA, the return of the football scholarships is a response to Penn State’s continued progress toward ensuring athletics integrity. The changes were endorsed by the Division I Board of Directors and are based on the recommendation of George Mitchell, the independent Athletics Integrity Monitor for Penn State and former U.S. Senator.

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From the NCAA:

“While there is more work to be done, Penn State has clearly demonstrated its commitment to restoring integrity in its athletics program,” said 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.”

The NCAA, per Mitchell’s recommendation, agreed to maintain the existing postseason ban, $60 million fine to help fund child abuse programs and other sanctions, pending Penn State’s continued progress.

In a statement released by Penn State, president Rodney Erickson thanked coach Bill O’Brien for his leadership and Penn State players for their work on and off the field during the sanctions:

“The resiliency displayed by those young men, as well as our entire student body is something of which we are proud,” Erickson said. “I would also like to thank the literally hundreds of University administrators, faculty, staff and students whose hard work over the past 15 months helped lay the groundwork not only for this action by the NCAA but, even more importantly, for a better Penn State.”


11 comments
CarolineRedbrook
CarolineRedbrook

This action of the NCAA converts them into a pedophile enabler. Enablers should be held just as responsible as accused pedophiles like , Sylvain Kustyan, Jerry Sandusky, etc., themselves because without the complicity of enablers these predators could not continue their depraved abuse of our innocent children. Pedophiles must be apprehended before they have years to continue to destroy young lives. Sandusky is now safely behind bars. But unfortunately, Kustyan, who has been formally charged with two counts each of 1st Degree Sodomy and Sexual Abuse of a ten-year-old little boy, has not yet been brought to justice. Kustyan fled to avoid imminent arrest. Formerly of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Hermin/ Mazingarbe, France, Kustyan is now a fugitive from the law. Perpetrators condemn their victims to a lifetime of emotional and psychological trauma and often permanent physical ailments as well. Since the average pedophile has 300 different victims in their lifetime and since the recidivism rate among pedophiles is virtually 100% and since there is no effective treatment and no known cure, pedophiles and their enablers must be stopped ASAP!

j7apple
j7apple

No doubt all the abused victims are feeling good with this  decision ...not....

Good grief NCAA you have punished more for less (SMU slush fund)  Penn State at the highest levels turned a blind eye at atrocities at their school.  

All about money. Sad commentary on what the NCAA is all about.

GregKatz
GregKatz

Let's see here.

NCAA lets PSU off the hook for 1/3 of their schollie reductions...

1. yet still hold USC accountable, due to a lessor issue, that used fudged data to begin with.

2. yet give Oregon a slap on the wrist for hiring a sports agent to run Texas players to their program.

3. yet find a way to fully and completely investigate Cam Newton, just in time for him to play in the BCS Natty.

4. yet find a way to fully and completely investigate the Ohio State Tatoo-gate players and lets them play in the Big 10 Champ Game, knowing full well they were guilty of breaking NCAA student athlete rules.

5. though USC is banned from selling Reggie Bush jerseys, memorabilia, etc... the NCAA can sell his likeness and jersey on their NCAA store website.

Aaron14
Aaron14

I hope they are doing all they can to see that systemic abuse of prepubescent children is not occurring on their property.

muser
muser

Penn State will be a positive force in education and athletics long after the NCAA is gone. 

Travis1
Travis1

They should have never been given sanctions in the first place.  It was a CRIMINAL offense.  Had nothing to do with gaining a competitive advantage (which is what the NCAA exists to regulate).

Next time a head coach gets a DUI, I expect the NCAA to punish the football team.

Penn State should have sued the NCAA for overstepping their jurisdiction.

Either way, good to see PSU trying to restore its image and do the right thing.

CarolineRedbrook
CarolineRedbrook

@muser When will Pedo State start ?  PSU is ranked 185th in academics and has been involved in an academic scandal as well.  (It was proven that PSU researchers doctored their research to get the results that they wanted.)  And harboring pedophile is not my idea of a positive force in athletics.  PSU has failed in both athletics and academics.  

Mark12345
Mark12345

@Travis1 People are disgusted and angry about Sandusky's crime and aren't thinking clearly. The NCAA exploited our anger, using it as a chance to look tough and make some money. The NCAA has nothing to do with these crimes. The penalties they  assessed on the football team are completely unrelated to the crimes. Sandusky will be dealt with by the legal system - the NCAA's actions are shameful.

CarolineRedbrook
CarolineRedbrook

@Travis1 You are correct they never should have been given sanctions - the whole program should have been given the Death Penalty.