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

BREAKING: NCAA ANNOUNCES REDUCTION IN PENN STATE FOOTBALL SANCTIONS

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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