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Report: O’Brien, PSU looking for a reduction in sanctions?

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Penn State coach Bill O’Brien has tried coming up with imaginative ways in the past to give his team an extra game/event while the program serves its NCAA-mandated postseason ban.

Now, he could be taking a more direct route. Reportedly.

The Centre Daily Times reports that O’Brien gave a presentation behind closed doors to Penn State’s board of trustees Friday that “indicates the university is considering asking the NCAA to reduce some of its sanctions.”

From the Times:

O’Brien addressed the trustees behind closed doors in an executive session for more than an hour Friday morning at the Penn State Fayette branch campus. The presentation slides were visible from a hallway through several full-length glass-paned doors into the room where the session was held.

It’s not clear what the proposal entails or when the request would be made to the NCAA.

One of the presentation slides had the heading “potential proposal to modify sanctions” and one had a heading concerning the impact of the scholarship reductions that are part of the sanctions.

Another slide read “Individual lawsuits do not help us!” with the words “do not” underlined and in capital letters.

The Times asked pretty much anybody it could from PSU, including O’Brien, about the presentation and was met with a wide variety of “no comment” responses. So even if PSU is planning to request a reduction or negotiation for the sanctions, which also include scholarship reductions and a fine, the what/how/when/etc aren’t known. It’s possible the university could hang its arguing hat on the implemented recommendations from the Freeh report, which was used by the NCAA to create the consent decree signed last year.

But, if Penn State were to pitch the idea, it would likely do so independently of the ongoing lawsuit headed up by the Paterno family, which asks for the sanctions to be reversed. Another suit asking for the NCAA to undo the sanctions, filed earlier this year by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom  Corbettwas thrown out last month.

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22 Responses to “Report: O’Brien, PSU looking for a reduction in sanctions?”
  1. matt24bucs says: Jul 12, 2013 9:27 PM

    For what happened at Penn State– they should have got the death penalty. Starting with Sandusky.

  2. mdac1012 says: Jul 12, 2013 10:14 PM

    I agree with Sandusky getting the death penalty but not the football team.

  3. dmvtransplant says: Jul 12, 2013 10:25 PM

    I fail to see how a bowl ban or reduced scholarships was going to fix anything from the start? As long as Penn State fielded a team the school & it’s fans are still going to be giving the NCAA the finger.

    And according to the papers in Orlando O’Brien already got around the sanctions by scheduling a game in Ireland next year, instead of a bowl game in Tampa.

  4. barkleyblows says: Jul 12, 2013 11:43 PM

    Why can’t they just give it a fricken rest already.

    Sick of hearing about Ped State. That whole school should have been dismembered.

  5. eagles512 says: Jul 12, 2013 11:54 PM

    After reading the investigations, they should reduce the penalties.

  6. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 12, 2013 11:57 PM

    Then stop reading about it

  7. eagles512 says: Jul 13, 2013 12:09 AM

    Maybe you should read more. They took one mans opinions and based their decisions off that. It was ridiculous.

  8. theuglitruth says: Jul 13, 2013 5:13 AM

    Well, it’s not like Mark Emmert is a respectable guy. Even if you don’t like PSU….how can anyone side with Emmert.

  9. dagrizzman says: Jul 13, 2013 10:52 AM

    No one knows the real truth except there were children molested by an evil piece of crap.The Freese Report was to get the school off the hook,and rushed by the board.Everyone pointed fingers but the fact is they are all guilty,especially McQueary who could have saved one boy if he was half a man and didn’t run.

  10. sportsguy88 says: Jul 13, 2013 11:05 AM

    The Freeh Report was Freeh’s opinion of what took place. He didn’t interview anyone. How can you do a thorough investigation without interviewing anyone? Emmert, being as dumb as he is, thought this whole situation was against NCAA rules and accepted the Freeh Report as facts. This whole dilemma is a legal issue ad has nothing to do with the NCAA or their rules.

  11. jackericsson says: Jul 13, 2013 1:23 PM

    And the young boys asked for protection from a predator. State Penn got off too easy! Go ahead and ask for an NCAA review. NCAA, review it and give them the Death Penalty. There is an extreme lack of accepting the punishment. State Penn arrogance continues!

  12. stairwayto7 says: Jul 13, 2013 2:47 PM

    When will the NCAA investigate, Urban Myers and Florida for 31 arrest and now a murderer! Give the Gators the same penalty NCAA! Cover-up and lack of institutional control!

  13. allrightous says: Jul 13, 2013 6:38 PM

    the crime was committed by one sick individual, years ago! He should stand trial for and be punished accordingly, not the students of today!! why should the students now have to pay penance for the deplorable acts of yesterday? how does that correct what was done? it doesnt!! this is wrong on soooo many levels…let the students play and make sandusky pay!!!

  14. amosalanzostagg says: Jul 13, 2013 7:15 PM

    The Penn State scandal is what it is…. lack of institutional control by three senior administrators within Penn State to protect children. Spanier, Curley and Schultz are coming up for trial in the fall, and the whole mess will be replayed again,only this time in State Court.

    From what limited reports out there, the State AG, Kathleen Kane (a Democrat) is ready to proceed ahead against the three. The only reason I say Democrat is the fact the sitting Governor Tom Corbett (a Republican) is going to be tried in absentia for his machinations with the Second Mile Foundation. It is going to be a show trial.

    What I fear is going to happen is that the case is going to be the case de jour (with the Zimmerman case winding down) and all the talking heads on the networks are going to be pontificating the minute details all over again.

    What does it mean?

    It means Penn State is going to be tried right along with them. Penn State has done the right thing in accepting the Freeh report and the NCAA sanctions. Penn State
    knew that if they did not accept the sanctions, the NCAA would have come in and done an investigation at it’s own pace and deliberately look for any item in which to throw the book at Penn State. Just look at Miami and see how long that investigation is going on.

    Penn State is going to come out of this in great shape (with one codicile).
    When Penn State appeals the sanctions, and they will, if they present a contrite and humble presentation based on what the University has DONE post Paterno, Penn State has a great chance at reducing the sanctions.

    Just keep the Paternos away.

    That one codicile, Keeping your football coach. He is definitely an up and comer.

  15. sportsguy88 says: Jul 13, 2013 7:31 PM

    It wouldn’t be lack of control.. Wouldn’t it be too much control?

  16. amosalanzostagg says: Jul 13, 2013 8:57 PM

    It’s lack of institutional control, period.

    Spanier, Curley and Shultz were in positions of authority AND responsibility. They had a moral responsibility to protect children. That is why they were charged with obstruction of justice for their upcoming State felony trial.

    Get the popcorn ready because the show’s about to start,

  17. pastabelly says: Jul 13, 2013 10:30 PM

    It is really tough to determine what is an appropriate punishment for this whole mess. Who knows if it makes sense to increase the penalties or decrease them? At this point, it’s just poor form for the school to complain about them.

  18. omniusprime says: Jul 14, 2013 8:45 AM

    Nothing more disgusting than Pedophile State pervert huggers crying about their slap-on-the-wrist punishment when they should be whining about getting the death penalty of no football whatsoever. Bill O’Brien should STFU and just accept the punishment like a man of morals rather than a whiner who’s more worried about that worthless football program instead of all the abused children.

    Since none of the abused children will ever get a break from their nightmare neither should Pedophile State get any breaks. Sorry but only republican pedophile pervert huggers want to be exonerated before they’ve served their just punishment.

  19. amosalanzostagg says: Jul 14, 2013 10:42 AM

    Bill O’Brien has every right to build his program his way. He knew what he was getting into when he signed his contract. It is a very smart man who looks to the future rather than dwell on the past. If I was consulting Penn State officials, I would have George Mitchell, the former US Senator in charge of Penn State’s internal response to the Sandusky affair and still very well connected politically, and Bill O’Brien develop a presentation to have the NCAA sanctions reduced, if not eliminated based on what the University has done post Paterno era.

    With the Sandusky settlements by the University and the actual people responsible either convicted, awaiting trial, or dead. Penn State has a great chance at reducing the NCAA sanctions. I sincerely hope that happens.

    Just keep the Paternos away from an open mike.

  20. dkhhuey says: Jul 14, 2013 4:56 PM

    @stairway – congrats, you have posted the most idiotic statement of the day!

  21. tobeexact says: Jul 15, 2013 10:35 AM

    @omniusprime, just by your screen name I can guess at your intelligence level. Watch a few to many transformer reruns , you probabably would have used optimusprime
    if you didnt think you could be liable for infringement rights.
    Oh and since your obviously a dummycrat your probably for gay marriage , against the american flag and the U.S. constitution and our rights as americans. Which also means your probably a fudge packer who is jelous of sandusky which also makes you one sick individual as he is.
    First of all your the whiner not coach obrien ,or you wouldnt
    keep making comments that make no sense what so ever.
    First of all ,in order to have a cover up you need to have something to cover up. As bad as the state and police and the district attorneys office failed at getting enough evidence together in order to bring the sick individual known as sandusky to trial, thats not penn states fault.
    The rules on second hand info on reporting a sex offender did not change until 2010 , thats why the da waited to bring charges against sandusky , and lets not forget that the one charge that they used to include penn state was mcquerys, which we all know he lied and those charges were dropped
    due to the fact he lied. And if he was any kind of man and actually saw what he claims he did then he would have stopped it right then and there. And the facts still are the facts , this had nothing to do with the football team nor
    a ny ncaa violations ,,it was a criminal investigation and a criminal charge. Its amazing you haven’t brought up the syracuse assistant basketball coach,oh thats right ,emmeret is an alumni of that school and most of the espn staff that with held the tape because they didnt want to harm someones reputation on mural judgement yet they had no problem doi ng it to penn state without any facts.
    Hmmm and shortly after ,emmeret signed a 140 million dollar tv deal with espn.
    So why dont you stfu until you know what your talking about, and name your son obamacare,oh thats right your a dummycrat and probably dont work for a living .

  22. chiefagc5675 says: Jul 17, 2013 10:18 AM

    tobeexact is in no way exact- glad you quit the first of alls after just two firsts of all. Wipe the spittel off your chin now .I’m a Democrat and I served 20 years in our Navy so stop with your BS
    about who’s an American. You probably skipped out on serving because you had other priorities like dk cheney- or a butt problem like limpbaugh.
    I wasn’t aware that there was any mural (sic)
    judgement involved in this case. Your low IQ doesn’t help your case. your should be you’re- did you even graduate from high school? So take your racism down the road loser.

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