Responses to NCAA reducing Penn State penalties

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24 2013 11:15 p.m. MDT

This is Beaver Stadium, home of the Nitany Lions college football team, on the Penn State University main campus in State College. Pa., Monday morning, July 23, 2012. College sports' governing body was expected to deal a series of heavy blows to the Nittany Lions football program on Monday, July 23, 2012, less than two weeks after a devastating report accused coach Joe Paterno and other top university officials of concealing child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant coach for years to avoid bad publicity. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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Responses to the decision by the NCAA to gradually restore football scholarships taken from Penn State in response to the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal:

— Penn State president Rodney Erickson: "This action today ... recognizes the significant efforts over the past year to make Penn State a safer, stronger institution."

—Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien: "The scholarship additions will allow us to provide more student-athletes with a tremendous opportunity to earn that degree and play football for Penn State."

—Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner: "I am very happy for Coach O'Brien, the football coaches and staff and the players; especially pleased for our current and future student-athletes, who are the most important reason why we love working in intercollegiate athletics."

—Penn Staters for Responsible Leadership spokeswoman Maribeth Roman Schmidt: "The NCAA has taken the first step toward repairing some of the damage that it and Penn State's leaders have inflicted on Penn State."

—Family of former coach Joe Paterno: "Penn State is a great university with an excellent culture. The ultimate resolution to this tragic episode is a full and fair review of the record. A transparent process that respects due process will serve the best interests of the victims, the university, the NCAA and all other affected parties."

—Athletics integrity monitor and former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell: "While there is more work to be done, Penn State has clearly demonstrated its commitment to restoring integrity in its athletics program."

—NCAA president Mark Emmert: "The goal has always been to ensure the university enforces clear expectations and a daily mindset within athletics that the highest priority must be placed on educating, nurturing and protecting young people."

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