The NCAA announced Tuesday morning that they will restore some of the Penn State University football scholarship numbers previously reduced as part of the penalties imposed against the school in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.
Acknowledging the school has made changes recommended in the Freeh report, and acting on a recommendation by former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, who is the “integrity monitor” for Penn State, the NCAA said five scholarships will be restored for the next academic year, and the number will be increased in future years.
In addition to the scholarship reductions, Penn State was banned from post-season bowl play for four years and was fined $60 million, and all Nittany Lions wins during the Coach Joe Paterno era were vacated.
Sandusky is appealing his 30-to-60-year prison sentence in the case, while former school president Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and retired vice president Gary Schultz all stand accused of neglecting the accusations against Sandusky and of interfering in the Sandusky investigation.