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Penn State Eligibility for Postseason Play Restored by NCAA

By    |   Monday, 08 September 2014 06:15 PM

Penn State got back its postseason eligibility Monday after the National Collegiate Athletic Association, better known as the NCAA, lifted the ban.

The team's postseason eligibility and some scholarships were taken away after the scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky came to light.

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The action that was announced Monday allows the university’s football team to play in any bowl game once the regular season is over.

According to The Associated Press, the NCAA executive committee based its decision on a 58-page report written by former Sen. George Mitchell who was hired to conduct an independent investigation and recommended the ban be lifted. The university still has to pay a $60 million fine related to the scandal.

"In light of Penn State's responsiveness to its obligations and the many improvements it has instituted, I believe these student-athletes should have the opportunity to play in the postseason should they earn it on the field this year," Mitchell wrote in the report.

Mitchell also said in the report that the school and the football program in University Park, Pennsylvania, has continued to comply with the sanctions, has made substantive changes, and has been cooperative throughout the investigation.

“The initiatives undertaken in the first year have begun to take root as a result of Penn State’s continuing focus on these reforms,” he wrote. “We have continued to enjoy unfettered access to information and candid and prompt communication with personnel at every level of the University. Where we have identified concerns, they have been of the type that occurs within every large educational institution, they have not been chronic, and they have been quickly addressed.”

Todd Blackledge, 53, who was the quarterback for Penn State from 1980 to 1982, reacted on Twitter on Monday, saying the NCAA shouldn’t have sanctioned his former school in the first place.

Within a two-hour time period, Blackledge’s post got more than 670 retweets and more than 560 favorites. Blackledge led the Nittany Lions to their first national championship in 1982 under coach Joe Paterno.

Blackledge created controversy in September 2013 when he said Penn State football had never had a “culture problem” after blasting college football for improprieties related to such things like pay-for-play.

“The more allegations I hear about in CFB, the more convinced I am that there NEVER was a football culture problem at Penn State. #Truth#WeAre,” Blackledge had tweeted on Sept. 12, 2013.

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