HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA/AP) – Penn State will gradually get back football scholarships taken away over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, the NCAA announced Tuesday, crediting the university for making significant improvements to its athletics programs.
Five scholarships will be restored next year and more will be phased in until the school reaches normal totals in 2016-17, college sports’ governing body said. The NCAA said the decision was based on the recommendation of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, who has been serving as Penn State’s athletics integrity monitor.
“This action provides an opportunity to recognize Penn State’s significant momentum, while also providing additional opportunities for student-athletes,” said Wake Forest University president Nathan Hatch, chair of the NCAA’s Division I board of directors.
Sen. Mitchell spoke about the decision today.
“Penn State has made a serious, good-faith effort to embrace and adopt the changes needed to enhance its future. President Rodney Erickson and his administration and the leaders of the Board of Trustees have acted with courage and fortitude in implementing the changes required by the athletics integrity agreement,” Sen. Mitchell said.
Listen to his full remarks here: