NCAA to ease sanctions on Penn State football imposed after scandal

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 08, 2014 3:14 PM

(Reuters) - The NCAA Executive Committee said on Monday it would ease sanctions imposed on the Pennsylvania State University's football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) said in a press release that it would immediately restore post-season bowl game eligibility for the school. A year from now, the governing body of U.S. collegiate sports will restore its full complement of football scholarships.

Bowl participation had been banned and scholarship numbers reduced as part of the NCAA's punishment of Penn State in 2012.

The move, announced on Monday, followed recommendations of former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, the Penn State Integrity Monitor, in his second annual report.

There was no move to restore the Penn State football wins stripped away as part of the sanctions.

(Reporting By David DeKok in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Editing by Sandra Maler)