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NCAA cutting back Penn State penalties

NCAA cutting back Penn State penalties

The NCAA is dialing back Penn State penalties. Photo: Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The NCAA’s decision to dial back one of the penalties against Penn State for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal is drawing positive reaction from students and others associated with the university.

The school got some good news Tuesday after two years of scandal, when the NCAA announced it would gradually restore 20 football scholarships.

It says the school has already made significant improvements to its athletics programs. The NCAA may later consider reducing the team’s four-year bowl ban.

Five scholarships are being restored next year and 15 more will be phased in until the school reaches the limit of 85 in about three years. That’s a season earlier than to which the school had agreed.

Penn State has a 3-and-1 record and doesn’t play this week.

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