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Penn State Football Eligible For Big Ten Title. Franklin, Barron And O'Brien React To Sanction Reductions

by on September 08, 2014 4:00 PM

The NCAA announced Monday that Penn State will be eligible for postseason play this year and that all scholarship restrictions will end at the conclusion of the season. In addition the Big Ten has also announced that the Nittany Lions will eligible for the conference title.

James Franklin, Bill O'Brien, athletic director Sandy Barbor,  board of trustees chair Keith Masser and university president Eric Barron  all released positive reactions. 

Eric Barron

"Senator Mitchell's report and recommendations, along with the actions taken by the NCAA today, are a recognition of the hard work of many over the past two years to make Penn State a stronger institution," said Barron. "This is welcome news for the University community, particularly for our current and future student-athletes.

"Our student-athletes and our entire student-body are to be commended for their resiliency and spirit during a challenging time," Barron said. "We also are grateful for the dedication and commitment to success on and off the field of our football student-athletes, and the leadership of Coach James Franklin and Coach Bill O'Brien before him."

Keith Masser

"This report is a welcome acknowledgement of the university's efforts," said Masser. "Such a massive undertaking has made Penn State a national model in an array of university functions - including compliance, safety and security. I commend President Barron and his predecessor, Rodney Erickson, for their tremendous leadership throughout this process. The board of trustees is committed to the continued monitoring and improvement of university policies, procedures and actions."

Sandy Barbour

"I am very happy for Coach Franklin, the coaches and staff and most importantly, our outstanding football student-athletes, said Barbour. "I am gratified for the student-athletes who have remained resilient, committed and dedicated to Penn State during the past three years. We will continue to work hard and strive for integrity and academic and athletic excellence every day and to provide our student-athletes with the best experience possible."

James Franklin

"We are very appreciative of the opportunities the NCAA and Big Ten have provided with today's announcement," Franklin said. "This team plays for each other. We play for Penn State, our families, the former players, our students, alumni, fans and the community. We are so proud to represent Penn State and the Big Ten Conference and are working hard to prepare for our Big Ten opener at Rutgers."

Bill O'Brien (He was at a Houston Texans' news conference when the news became public.)

"Penn State is a fantastic place. ... Very happy for Penn State, mostly for the players and the coaching staff"

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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