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Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien hopes for lesser NCAA sanctions

Penn State Bill O'Brien said he hopes the NCAA reduces sanctions against the school. (Centre Daily Times) Penn State's Bill O'Brien said he hopes the NCAA reduces sanctions against the school. (Photo by Centre Daily Times)

Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien said Friday that he hopes that the NCAA will consider a potential reduction of the heavy sanctions that were levied against the program after the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

During a conference call discussing Penn State's game in Ireland against Central Florida, O'Brien said that he met with the school's trustees last Friday to discuss the sanctions.

O’Brien didn't say much about the school's bowl ban or scholarship limitations, but he said he was proud of how the program has tried to come through the scandal.

"I believe that this football program is being run the right way," O'Brien said on a conference call. "I believe we have great kids here. I think we work very, very diligently to stay in compliance, just like every program around the country. … I think we're in compliance, and hopefully at some point in time the NCAA, the governing body of college athletics, will look at that and they can meet us half way."

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The Nittany Lions won't be eligible for postseason play until the 2016 season and they also had scholarship reductions, maintaining a roster of just 65 scholarship players between 2014 and 2017. The school will have a full complement of 85 players in 2018.

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