Found September 24, 2013 on College Spun:
flickr/caitlinator After the Jerry Sandusky scandal rocked the college football world over a year ago, the NCAA cracked down hard on Penn State — too hard, in my opinion. The NCAA levied sanctions that many believed would keep the program from being competitive for at least four years, punishing players who had nothing to do with the scandal or previous regime. Today, the NCAA announced that it would be reducing some of the sanctions against the football program. Beginning in 2014-15, five scholarships will be restored to the program, and that number could increase in future years. The NCAA is also considering reducing the postseason ban.  Per George Mitchell, former U.S. senator and the independent Athletics Integrity Monitor for Penn State: “While there is more work to be done, Penn State has clearly demonstrated its commitment to restoring integrity in its athletics program. The university has substantially completed the initial implementation of all the Freeh Report recommendat...

NCAA didn’t punish Penn State enough the first time

Former U.S. Senator George Mitchell (Maine) is helping to restore Penn State’s football program, and this week informed the NCAA that Penn State is showing changes and “integrity” in its athletic department. George Mitchell is retired from Congress but he serves as an Independent Athletics Integrity Monitor. I’m not making that up. The NCAA is gradually giving back Penn State...

Responses to NCAA reducing Penn State penalties

Responses to the decision by the NCAA to gradually restore football scholarships taken from Penn State in response to the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal: --- - Penn State president Rodney Erickson: ''This action today ... recognizes the significant efforts over the past year to make Penn State a safer, stronger institution.'' -Penn State football coach...

NCAA Reduces Penalties for Penn State, Will Gradually Restore Scholarships to Football Program

After more than a year of frustration, Bill O’Brien is getting some help from the NCAA. A little over a year after the NCAA imposed harsh penalties on the Penn State football program, they’ve decided to ease up on some of the penalties. The NCAA announced on Tuesday that they would gradually restore scholarships to the school over the next three years. In July 2012, the NCAA...

NCAA Restoring Penn State Scholarships Starting in 2014

The NCAA has decided that due to “Penn State University’s continued progress toward ensuring athletics integrity, the NCAA Executive Committee is gradually restoring football scholarships the university lost because of sanctions over a year ago. George Mitchell the independent Athletics Integrity Monitor for Penn State and former U.S. Senator had this to say: While there...

NCAA wants Paterno lawsuit axed

The NCAA says a lawsuit against it by the family of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and others is fatally flawed and should be thrown out. An NCAA filing Thursday in Centre County court says the lawsuit contains "sundry misdirected complaints." It argues the plaintiffs don't have standing to challenge the consent agreement between the NCAA and Penn State...

NCAA Helps Penn State

Tuesday morning, the NCAA shocked the world once again. They announced they would be “gradually restoring football scholarships” that they took away in light of the Sandusky scandal. Coach Bill O’Brien commented on Tuesdays events via Ben Jones of, “Today’s announcement by the NCAA is tremendous news. As a staff, we are especially pleased for our players...

Nittany Lions Stick to Talking Points

Penn State players are happy NCAA sanctions have been reduced. But they don't want the big news to cause them to lose focus on the task at hand.

NCAA Reduces Scholarship Sanctions on Penn State

The NCAA’s Executive Committee has decided to reduce the scholarship sanctions on Penn State, giving the football program five more...

NCAA Executive Committee to gradually restore Penn State scholarships

Due to Penn State's level of compliance, the NCAA Executive Committee has agreed to increase the Nittany Lions' scholarships gradually over the next few seasons.

Penn State ruling confirms NCAA’s only consistency is inconsistency

In one fell swoop George Mitchell, Mark Emmert, and the NCAA undid their last strand of morality by reinstating Penn State scholarships early.

CALLING CARD: DT Austin Johnson

See what Penn State's redshirt freshman had to say when he talked to reporters Wednesday morning.

Penn State Ruling Confirms NCAA’s Only Consistency Is Inconsistency

"The NCAA is a man without a country."

FRAME GAME: Lynch’s Big Run

Penn State's redshirt freshman broke loose for a 43-yard gain vs. KSU. See how it happened in our exclusive Frame Game feature.

NCAA giving back scholarships to Penn State

Citing progress toward restoring athletics integrity, the NCAA has announced they will begin cutting back on some of the scholarship reductions at Penn State, allowing the Nittany Lions to return to 85 scholarship by 2016-2017. The postseason ban is still in place and the remainder of a $60 million fine will still be paid off and no vacated wins have been restored, but the scholarship...

NCAA shows weakness once again

The NCAA has decided to gradually reinstate Penn State's football scholarships. It's the wrong move and it further demonstrates the NCAA's weakness.
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