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NCAA to restore Penn State football scholarships

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MARK SCOLFORO
Associated Press

HARRISBURG, PA (AP) -- Penn State officials say they are gratified by the NCAA's decision to gradually restore football scholarships taken from the school following the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

President Rodney Erickson called the news particularly welcome to student athletes who want to attend Penn State "and will now have the means to do so."

College sports' governing body said Tuesday that the school has made significant changes to its athletics programs and cited the recommendation of former US Sen. George Mitchell, who's been serving as the programs' integrity monitor.

The NCAA said five scholarships will be restored next year and more will be phased in until the school reaches normal totals in 2016-17.

Penn State is also paying a $60 million fine and serving a five-year ban on postseason play.

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Significant Changes?

"College sports' governing body said Tuesday that the school has made significant changes to its athletics programs and cited the recommendation of former US Sen. George Mitchell, who's been serving as the programs' integrity monitor."

These changes come way too late and sends the wrong message to the victims. The coverup/ignoring of the problem allowed this to continue for years. Penn State football should have received the "death penalty" for at least 2 years. This would have made people in the future choose right over embarrassment and money. Reducing the punishment sends the wrong message, I hope it does not cause another incident like what happened at Penn State. Once again it would appear that power and money trump common sense and decency. I would feel this way about any university that allowed this type of behaviour to continue.........