The NCAA announces that the Penn State football program is now eligible for post season play, effective immediately, and will have all 85 scholarships restored next season. The decision is based on a report by George Mitchell, Penn State’s external athletic integrity monitor. Mitchell’s recommendation:
First, I recommend that the NCAA restore Penn State’s bowl eligibility for the 2014-15 football season. Second, I recommend that the NCAA restore Penn State’s football grants-in-aid to the maximum number permitted under NCAA regulations (25 for one year, not to exceed 85 in total) for the 2015-16 football season. Finally, the AIA set the term of the Monitorship at five years, but left open the opportunity to recommend that the term be shortened. Should Penn State continue its current course of progress during this upcoming third year, I will in my next annual report consider recommending that the NCAA and Big Ten Conference conclude the Monitorship substantially earlier than scheduled.