Responses to NCAA's decision to reduce Penn State penalties by restoring football scholarships

Published September 24, 2013

| Associated Press

Responses to the decision by the NCAA to gradually restore football scholarships taken from Penn State in response to the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal:

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— Penn State president Rodney Erickson: "This action today ... recognizes the significant efforts over the past year to make Penn State a safer, stronger institution."

— Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien: "The scholarship additions will allow us to provide more student-athletes with a tremendous opportunity to earn that degree and play football for Penn State."

— Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner: "I am very happy for Coach O'Brien, the football coaches and staff and the players; especially pleased for our current and future student-athletes, who are the most important reason why we love working in intercollegiate athletics."

— Penn Staters for Responsible Leadership spokeswoman Maribeth Roman Schmidt: "The NCAA has taken the first step toward repairing some of the damage that it and Penn State's leaders have inflicted on Penn State."

— Family of former coach Joe Paterno: "Penn State is a great university with an excellent culture. The ultimate resolution to this tragic episode is a full and fair review of the record. A transparent process that respects due process will serve the best interests of the victims, the university, the NCAA and all other affected parties."

— Athletics integrity monitor and former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell: "While there is more work to be done, Penn State has clearly demonstrated its commitment to restoring integrity in its athletics program."

— NCAA president Mark Emmert: "The goal has always been to ensure the university enforces clear expectations and a daily mindset within athletics that the highest priority must be placed on educating, nurturing and protecting young people."

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