Per a release from the NCAA on Tuesday morning, the Penn State Nittany Lions may now be a little closer to the light at the end of the tunnel that they thought was still quite a bit away.
Citing the University’s progress since the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the highly scrutinized collegiate athletic governing body announced that, beginning next season, they will begin to give the football program some of the scholarships back that they took off of them following the unfortunate events. They will give five scholarships back next season, and that number will continue to increase.
Theses changes were recommended by Senator George Mitchell, who issued this statement:
“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.”
Also of note is that the NCAA will also look into the possibility of lifting the bowl ban a little sooner as well.
This is tremendous news for head coach Bill O’Brien and crew as they have done a fantastic job of guiding this storied program through some of its toughest times.