Apr 20, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; A general view of Beaver Stadium prior to the Penn State spring game. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O


On the recommendation of former Senator George Mitchell, the NCAA has announced a gradual roll back of the sanctions against Penn State’s football team, specifically the severe limits on scholarships.

Beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, the PSU football team will be able to offer 20 initial scholarships for new recruits that will sign their Letters of Intent in February of 2014, and there will be a maximum of 75 scholarships allowed.  Previously they were only able to offer 15 new scholarships and a maximum of 65.  with the 2015-16 season, the program can sign the typical 25 recruits, and have a maximum of 80 scholarships.  The 2016-17 year returns the Lions to the 25/85 limits all programs have.

The post season ban remains in place for the time being, but both the NCAA and Senator Mitchell have left the door open for that to be removed early as well.  Currently, PSU cannot play in a bowl game or for the Big 10 championship until the 2017 season.

The scholarship limit changes will have an immediate impact on this year’s recruiting class, which suddenly has 5 additional spots to play with.  The post season ban had not had a huge impact on O’Brien’s recruiting efforts, but the depth concerns have played a part in several prospects opting to look elsewhere.

We will be updating throughout the day as more details emerge.

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  • Max Tower

    Going to need a recruiting update soon then.

    • PSUMatt2005

      Going to take a little time to fish out just where they go from here. They went from having maybe 4-5 slots, and probably 6 targets to 9-10. Wouldn’t be surprised to see some guys committed elsewhere reconsider PSU too.

  • BSORaiderErie

    Well, I just wonder how much longer the NCAA will wait before announcing more changes? Will Emmert do it before the Paternos lawsuit is accepted or will he wait up until it’s announced? The lawsuit is a bombshell and every Penn State University fan should read it and fully understand how it could end these silly sanctions real soon! The NCAA overstepped and broken their rules and maybe our laws if they did conspired with the Freeh group and at a weekly get together? We shall see since these are just a few of the juicy tidbits! Have a good day!

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