The NCAA announced today that the Penn State football team will be allowed to participate in postseason play this season; the penalty originally agreed upon on by the NCAA and the school in 2012 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal had banned the team from bowl games and conference championship games until 2016.
From CBS Sports:
“Due to Penn State University’s significant progress toward ensuring its athletics department functions with integrity, the NCAA Executive Committee today eliminated the school’s postseason ban, effective immediately, and will return the full complement of football scholarships in 2015-16,” the NCAA announced in an official release.
The NCAA Division I Board of Directors and presidents from the Big Ten conference met prior to an official vote on the recommendation from George Mitchell, Penn State’s athletics oversight monitor. There Mitchell briefed the group on his findings prior to the release of his report on Monday.
The team will also be allowed to field a full roster of scholarship players next season, a reduction of a penalty that itself had itself already been reduced.