|Well, not completely free. . . $60 million dollars and 112 wins.|
The theme of the Blue Band Half-time show last Saturday “Happy Days in Happy Valley.” It was a omen of things to come, as it was announced today that BOTH the scholarship reduction AND the bowl ban have been rescinded by the NCAA.
According to this ESPN recap:
Penn State will be eligible for the postseason this year and will have all its scholarships returned next year, after the NCAA agreed Monday afternoon to again reduce sanctions stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Penn State’s athletics integrity monitor, former Sen. George Mitchell, recommended both actions in his second annual report that gauges progress made by the university. Minutes after the report was announced, the NCAA said it would follow both recommendations immediately.
Woo-freaking Hoo! About time!
The school still must pay a $60 million fine, 111 wins under Joe Paterno — and one win under interim coach Tom Bradley — remain forfeited, and the program will remain under monitoring.
However, it appears the 60 million dollar fine will remain in Pennsylvania.
The state of Pennsylvania has won a legal battle with the NCAA, ensuring the $60 million in fine money to be paid by Penn State will remain instead. The NCAA had been fighting to spread the fine money around the nation toward child abuse awareness efforts, but the organization has filed to withdraw its fight and will allow the money to stay within Pennsylvania.
So only the vacated wins remains to be reversed. With the recent announcement of guidelines for athletic departments to follow–guidelines which Paterno actually followed before they were official guidelines–it remains a mystery how this final sanction can withstand the Paterno lawsuit which appears likely to continue.
Unfortunately, the Big Ten conference is not so forgiving.
The Big Ten also said that Penn State will continue to donate its share of conference bowl revenue (estimated at $13 million) to child-protections charities in Big Ten communities. Penn State will be eligible to receive its share of conference bowl revenue in 2016.
Wow! Just . . .wow. Unbelievable. How can the conference stand behind the its punishment of Penn State when the NCAA has backed off? Just freaking unbelievable. The greed and hatred for Penn State is just so completely obvious. If our BOT had half a spine, they would fight the conference on this one, and go after restoring Joe Paterno’s victories.
WE ARE . . . SET FREE!