NCAA president Mark Emmert: 'No discussions' on relieving Penn State sanctions

Monday January 13th, 2014

The NCAA spent $150,000 on lobbyists last year. (Allison Joyce/Getty Images) NCAA president Mark Emmert says Penn State's next review will in be August  (Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

NCAA president Mark Emmert said Monday that there have been no discussions regarding relaxing some of Penn State's football program's sanctions, reports's Dennis Dodd.

Penn State was hit with several penalties after the Jerry Sandusky scandal.  The school was stripped of scholarships, fined $60 million and banned from playing in any postseason game until 2016.

The NCAA previously agreed to restore scholarships starting with this season. The Nittany Lions will have 75 scholarships this academic year, 80 in 2015-16, and will return to 85 scholarship student-athletes in 2016-17.

“What the Executive Committee did this last go round, they looked at the [Mitchell] report and made a decision based on that,” Emmert said. “I know they're anxious to see the next report. There's been no discussions since that last meeting.”

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Emmert says the next report due on the program will be in August.

“All the presidents were certainly impressed by the serious work the university has done,” Emmert added.
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