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Bill O'Brien hopes NCAA will reduce Penn State sanctions

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09:09 AM ET 07.20 | While not being specific on exactly what, if any, effort is underway toward petitioning the NCAA about the sanctions against Penn State, coach Bill O'Brien made it clear Friday he would like to see the sanctions lessened. "I think we're in compliance," he said via teleconference, "and, hopefully, at some point in time the NCAA, the governing body of college athletics, can look at that and meet us halfway. "I understand why the sanctions are in place ... but, at the same time, I want to do what's right for the program and I believe this program is headed in the right direction and behaving well." He was mum about whether he was taking an active role in petitioning to have the sanctions reduced, saying to ask his bosses, athletic director Dave Joyner and university president Rodney Erickson. Joyner said the university wasn't planning anything. "We're focused on dealing with those sanctions as they are right now," he said. "Whatever may or may not happen down the line."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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July 20, 2013  09:21 AM ET

He11 yes he would like to have the sanctions reduced...bet USC would have in their case as well, but now that it's done, gotta **** up and deal with it...quit talking about it.

SMU got past it, PSU can too.

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July 20, 2013  09:23 AM ET

Penn State sucks.

July 20, 2013  09:33 AM ET
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good luck

Nice name change....LOL

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July 20, 2013  09:41 AM ET
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They def were sucking

Cold....funny, but cold

July 20, 2013  09:52 AM ET

"Bill O'Brien hopes NCAA will reduce Penn State sanctions"

Everyone else hopes Truth & Rumors will stop posting Penn State sanction topics.

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July 20, 2013  10:11 AM ET
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"Bill O'Brien hopes NCAA will reduce Penn State sanctions"Everyone else hopes Truth & Rumors will stop posting Penn State sanction topics.

^^^^^
This.
They just need to man up and take their medicine.

July 20, 2013  10:22 AM ET

Listen up O'Brien, Penn State should have been given the "death penalty" so be very, very, happy with fines and sanctions. SMU had their program destroyed for paying players, PSU was allowing CHILDREN to be raped in showers and god knows what else. ****!

July 20, 2013  10:34 AM ET
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He11 yes he would like to have the sanctions reduced...bet USC would have in their case as well, but now that it's done, gotta **** up and deal with it...quit talking about it.SMU got past it, PSU can too.

Good comment!!! You commit the crime, you do the time!!!

July 20, 2013  11:05 AM ET

The players did not do anything wrong. It was a sick coach that was to blame and Papa Joe who did no step up.

July 20, 2013  11:25 AM ET
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^^^^^This.They just need to man up and take their medicine.

Yep. Some just don't want to take the medicine.

Lenient, lenient and more lenient.

OK, so I'm an old hard arsed ex school administrator.

But it sure does seem we've turned into a bunch of whining wimps.

July 20, 2013  11:25 AM ET
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The players did not do anything wrong. It was a sick coach that was to blame and Papa Joe who did no step up.

The players are not being punished. JoePa turned his back for money and ego and so did the school and that program should have been destroyed, but as every one knows, the NCAA is all about the money money money.

July 20, 2013  11:33 AM ET

Joyner and Erickson need to go NOW. PSU cleaned house but allowed these two jockers to remain, why? In both thier new roles, they are both in way over thier heads.

July 20, 2013  11:42 AM ET
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The players did not do anything wrong. It was a sick coach that was to blame and Papa Joe who did no step up.

The school is being punished. The players aren't being forced to go there and some have left. Those that choose to go there do so with the knowledge that there are sanctions.

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July 20, 2013  12:22 PM ET

NCAA should have imposed the death penalty for at least five years. You(or the school that enables) ruin(s) a child's life or multiple children's lives, then you aren't allowed to play football. How about that for meeting halfway Bill/PSU fan? How about you deal with being sexually assaulted or have your son deal with it - we'll see where your halfway is. Civil settlements aside, this case went beyond any payments to players at other schools, period.

 
July 20, 2013  01:04 PM ET

Dear Bill, what were you thinking when you accepted the Head coaching job? That the scandal was going to go away in 2 years? The punish could have been worse and should have been!!

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