The NCAA’s Executive Committee has decided to reduce the scholarship sanctions on Penn State, giving the football program five more scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year. The announcement was made after George Mitchell, former U.S. Senator and independent Athletics Integrity Montior for Penn State, indicated Penn State was making progress in implementing the Athletics Integrity Agreement.
And in another bit of good news for Penn State, there’s a possibility these sanctions can be reduced even more in the future.
The postseason ban will remain in place for now, and coach Bill O’Brien is still dealing with a limited roster for the next few years.
However, Penn State can now offer 20 scholarships for the 2014-15 year, with that number set to increase to 25 by 2015-16. The Nittany Lions will also have a full allotment of scholarship players (85) by 2016-17.
Check out the full release from the NCAA.