Later this afternoon, the Penn State Board of Trustees will meet at the University’s Fayette campus for a regularly scheduled meeting. However, according to a report from Mike Dawson in the Centre Daily Times, head coach Bill O’Brien met with the Board during a closed executive session earlier on Friday morning. According to Dawson, the purpose of the meeting was to discuss a possible proposal to the NCAA to amend the consent decree that resulted in the sanctions against the football program and athletic department.
It is not clear what, if any, changes would be proposed, but from the small amount of information gleaned from the meeting, scholarship limitations are one possibility. Also noted in the presentation are the negative impact the pending lawsuit by the Paterno family may have. While the University is not included in that case, 5 members of the Board are. In addition, it has been speculated that as long as the NCAA is involved in legal matters related to the sanctions, they would be hesitant to make any changes, due to the impact it may have on those cases. This is not the first time the possibility of reductions to the sanctions has been discussed by Trustees. Earlier this year, Paul Silvis brought up the possibility in a wide ranging interview with the CDT.
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