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Penn State, Bill O'Brien may ask NCAA to reduce sanctions

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10:07 AM ET 07.13 | Penn State may ask the NCAA to reduce some of its sanctions, university officials said Friday after football coach Bill O'Brien gave a private presentation to the board of trustees. O'Brien addressed the trustees for more than an hour Friday morning behind closed doors during the board's executive session at the Penn State Fayette branch campus. The presentation's slides were visible from a hallway through several full-length glass-paned doors into the room where the session was held. The specifics about the proposal were not available, and officials, including O'Brien, declined to go into details about his visit, which was initiated by the board. But, one of the presentation slides had the heading "potential proposal to modify sanctions" and another had a heading concerning the impact of the scholarship reductions that are part of the sanctions.

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July 13, 2013  10:13 AM ET

How will reducing the sanctions discourage the behaviors?

July 13, 2013  10:26 AM ET

In a sense, I can't blame Coach O'Brien for trying. It's his football program; it's his job to be an advocate for it. The NCAA may consider his proposal (or not). The worst they can say is "NO."

July 13, 2013  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

In a sense, I can't blame Coach O'Brien for trying. It's his football program; it's his job to be an advocate for it. The NCAA may consider his proposal (or not). The worst they can say is "NO."

The worst the NCAA can say is "yes" IMO.

July 13, 2013  11:14 AM ET

I think the NCAA should increase the sanctions.

July 13, 2013  11:19 AM ET

Don't these people understand that they are still playing football on Saturdays? Numerous victims have been physically and emotionally scarred for life and all these people care about is idolizing a dead enabler and going to a bowl game.

July 13, 2013  11:38 AM ET

I'd like to see exactly what he's proposing.

July 13, 2013  11:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The worst the NCAA can say is "yes" IMO.

How about "Maybe"? ;)

July 13, 2013  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The worst the NCAA can say is "yes" IMO.

4 Years of "Death" / bowls + scholarship reductions.

Personally, I feel it was exorbitant especially considering they cleaned house and no one associated with the program at that time is currently there.

That being said, I think the answer will be "NO".

July 13, 2013  12:12 PM ET

We Are....Penn State. Go for it.

July 13, 2013  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

4 Years of "Death" / bowls + scholarship reductions.Personally, I feel it was exorbitant especially considering they cleaned house and no one associated with the program at that time is currently there.That being said, I think the answer will be "NO".

Agreed.

July 13, 2013  01:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I think the NCAA should increase the sanctions.

I think you should breathe through your nose.

July 13, 2013  01:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

In a sense, I can't blame Coach O'Brien for trying. It's his football program; it's his job to be an advocate for it. The NCAA may consider his proposal (or not). The worst they can say is "NO."

Agreed. I would do the same in his position.

But even if the NCAA says no, PSU will come out of this better and stronger than before.

July 13, 2013  01:31 PM ET
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How will reducing the sanctions discourage the behaviors?

First off-- the players weren't at fault. They are, however, the only ones paying the price in the way of NCAA sanctions. Whether you know it or not, PSU has received an increase of almost 200% in honoraria since this took place--- the NCAA penalties didn't affect the school.

Lous freeh did such a terrible job investigating this case -- using third person rumors and not facts.

Bill O'Brien should go after the sanctions--- they shouldn't have punished the players but rather the staff who no longer walk this exemplary organization.

July 13, 2013  02:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

We Are....Penn State. Go for it.

We Are...Ped State. Touched.

July 13, 2013  02:10 PM ET

IIRC, the agreement between the NCAA and Penn State allows for the two parties to reexamine the penalties to determine if they should be reduced. It seems to me that one year and change into the penalties might be a little too soon to look at reducing them. At least get to the half way point before requesting the review.

July 13, 2013  02:16 PM ET

Reducing the sanctions would make a mockery of a penalty for,"Lack of institutional control".
They should have received an SMU-like death penalty for 3/4 years. A lot of young boys got a life-long nightmare due to PSU's negligence!

July 13, 2013  03:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

How will reducing the sanctions discourage the behaviors?

Exactly. Furthermore, any attempt by the University to avoid or reduce the sanctions imposed suggests that they haven't accepted their responsibility in enabling Sandusky and the ensuing harm. Accept the punishment, PSU.

July 13, 2013  04:29 PM ET
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We Are...Ped State. Touched.

Not really funny anymore. Kinda lame.

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