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Big Ten Commissioner: No plan to reduce Penn State sanctions

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany isn't ready to reduce Penn State's sanctions. (Photo by Jason Szenes/Getty Images) Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany isn't ready to reduce Penn State's sanctions. (Photo by Jason Szenes/Getty Images)

Members of the Penn State Board of Trustees and Nittany Lions head football coach Bill O'Brien have asked for the NCAA to meet Penn State halfway on NCAA imposed sanction, but Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said he won't make that step just yet.

Delany said he is not ready to seek leniency from the NCAA on the school's behalf.  The school was hit hard with sanctions, including a four-year bowl ban and scholarship reductions because of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

"I don't know that we'd become an advocate, but we're obviously interested in the progress that's being made," Delany told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"And you know, there's always a mechanism, but I am more concerned about what it is we have control over, not asking somebody else to do something that I don't have control over."

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The Big Ten Conference withheld from Penn State the $2.3 million allotment given to each conference member as part of a bowl payout. Penn State is slated to lose out on $13 million from Big Ten sanctions over a four-year period.

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