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Penn State could see further reduction in NCAA sanctions

George Mitchell AP

In late September, it was announced that the NCAA had decided to ease the scholarship restrictions slapped on the Penn State football program as part of the historic sanctions meted out in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

That, though, may not be the last time the university sees some relief.

George Mitchell, who was hired by the NCAA as an independent “integrity monitor,” met with Penn State trustees Friday and while no further reductions are imminent, he could recommend that be the case upon the release of his next report next September if the university continues its “quality response” to the Plan for Continuous Improvement.

It was Mitchell who recommended the initial reduction of a portion of the penalties.  As was the case in that first round of reduction, any relief would have to be signed off on by the NCAA and Big Ten.

While Mitchell declined to discuss specific penalties that could be in line for a reduction, the one that makes the most sense would be the bowl ban.

The Nittany Lions are in the second year of a four-year ban on postseason play.  If Mitchell makes the recommendation next September, the program could potentially see at least a year sliced off that sanction, which would mean the Nittany Lions would be eligible for the postseason — including the Big Ten championship game — following the 2014 regular season rather than the 2015 season.

A Mitchell recommendation to take a year off the bowl ban would likely, in essence, be rubber-stamped by both the NCAA and the school’s conference.  How the former would respond to a Mitchell recommendation of cutting the ban in half is unclear.

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13 Responses to “Penn State could see further reduction in NCAA sanctions”
  1. stairwayto7 says: Nov 22, 2013 4:12 PM

    When will Florida State get these sanctions for the Jamison Whinston sexual assault cover-up?

  2. mauldawg says: Nov 22, 2013 5:11 PM

    When you cry like little babies you get your way.All PSU grads must be happy I forgot they are happy. Proud of a a school that covered up the rape of young boys and then defended the scum that covered it up. Walk proudly PSU grads.

  3. slystone111 says: Nov 22, 2013 5:53 PM

    Who says pedophilia doesn’t pay?

  4. derekgorgonstar says: Nov 22, 2013 6:08 PM

    At least the Penn State fans had the common decency to be more concerned about the victims than the effect on their football program. Oh wait……

  5. lrg51 says: Nov 22, 2013 7:17 PM

    Penn State is acknowledged for its quality response. Jerry goes to jail for more than life. And more important… the “boys” get their money. Now boys… it is proper to send thank you notes when you receive gifts. May I suggest you begin your thank you card with… “Thank you Penn State”.

    The NCAA made a very quick decision not only to punish, but an excessively harsh punishment. What a bunch of jackarses. I’ve learned to despite the NCAA even more than ever before.

  6. ninjapleazee says: Nov 22, 2013 7:21 PM

    I love how all the geniuses blame the entire school and student body as if we all knew what Sandusky was doing. The intelligence of people amazes me.

  7. pastabelly says: Nov 22, 2013 9:10 PM

    The school is rightfully blamed for creating an atmosphere and culture of football running the school and being held up as the be all and end all of the entire community. Hopefully, Mitchell finds a change in that culture.

  8. Anoesis says: Nov 23, 2013 12:02 AM

    USC’s penalty for one player getting impermissible benefits is now greater than Penn St.’s for knowingly employing a pedophile. The NCAA has less integrity than Congress.

  9. powercorrupts2 says: Nov 23, 2013 12:11 AM

    @pastabelly, what do you know about “an atmosphere and culture of football running the school” and the community, etc.? Did you go to school there? Did you do a scientifically valid study to verify these beliefs and get it published in a peer reviewed journal? Or are you a troll that revels in Schadenfreude? And irregardless of this, what did the football team have to do with Sandusky being a pedophile? None of the football players were involved in or ever knew of his activities. So it was inappropriate for the NCAA to even be involved much less issue any sanctions. People who are more familiar with Penn State will have to correct me if I am wrong, but I believe the University flourished academically during the time period that you are discussing. And Paterno, an Ivy League alumnus, emphasized academics ahead of football to his players who were always in the top tier of Universities in terms of graduation rate, raised money for academic improvements in the University including a “Classics Department”, donated a large sum of money to build a new library, had a modest salary compared to other coaches of his stature, etc.. One of their graduates during the time Paterno was a coach there, Paul Berg, went on to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. I don’t think he was run by the culture of the football program. The NCAA’s behavior in attempting to destroy one of the most outstanding programs in the nation was atrocious.

  10. wmatthew760 says: Nov 23, 2013 12:41 AM

    Not justifying anything but the years in question for which joe paterno lost wins Sandusky wasn’t even employed by the school. Yes he had an office which he shouldn’t have. The events that happened were tragic and I think PSU should maybe be paying more than $60 million, but this had nothing to do with football at all other than Sandusky once was a member of the football staff. Mark Emertt is a total fool, and so is Rodney Erikson for drawing a quick resolution. The NCAA handled the most recent Miami situation poorly over the course of years and. Is
    Currently screwing up the FSU,James Winston issue. So if Winston is found guilty will FSU receive a similar punishment he shouldn’t be on the field while this is going on. Time
    To reduce all sanctions on PSU and let the bastards you were responsible rot in hell for their role .

  11. chiefagc5675 says: Nov 23, 2013 9:45 AM

    The Republican Governor who was involved in the Sandusky case before becoming Gov. worked with the sellout FBI guy to blame the dead guy and keep all the Republicans in Pa. who supported “The Second Mile”- Sandusky’s farm team- from being put in the glare of bad publicity. None of the Social Workers who worked there and were supposedly trained in spotting pedophiles noticed Sandusky’s perversion but an old school football coach was supposed to spot him and personally take him to jail. What BS. JoePa told Sandusky in 1998 that he would never be head coach and Sandusky quit.
    Paterno reported what someone else reported seeing Sandusky do- all the phoney people claiming they would have beaten Sandusky are the same people that claim they have the perfect play that “their” team should have called. Monday Morning Quarterbsacks suck.

  12. dhardy8207 says: Nov 23, 2013 12:19 PM

    I believe the hit that JoePa took before and after his death was ill directed. While some bloggers were screaming for JoePa’s persecution for not notifying the authorities, the young graduate assistant coach who “personally witnessed” the shower incident that brought Sandusky’s actions into the spotlight should have been the one to call the police at that moment. The majority of the complaints against JoePa was that he didn’t immediately call the police but reported the incident to the AD and trusted it would be investigated since he didn’t actually see what was reported to him, therefore giving some the opportunity to say he didn’t do enough. No one seemed to think the young man who did witness the incident should have been scrutinized simply because he took it to his superior. How does a man in his mid – late 20s witness a child being sexually assaulted go home and discuss the incident with his father and then secondly pass on the information to JoePa hours/days later? If Sandusky had the knowledge most think he did about JoePa’s schedule and such, the idea of him knowing when the facilities would be less monitored or populated is a given.

    I think one has to take past actions in consideration before ruining someone’s character, by most accounts from his peers and past players, the man believed in promoting a player’s character beyond their performance on the field and its a shame that all that was thrown out with the actions of Sandusky.

  13. scbaby2013 says: Nov 24, 2013 12:08 AM

    @Anoesis and u can add the wimpy sanctions given to Miami

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