An NCAA official responded to this week’s reports of possible further sanction reductions by saying that no decision has been made regarding Penn State’s penalties, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
A SportingNews report this week cited two NCAA sources who said Penn State has a “strong case” for the removal of the bowl ban in the 2015 season. But according to NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy, the NCAA doesn’t know what Mitchell will say in his upcoming report and therefore hasn’t made any plans.
From the Trib:
“Senator Mitchell is an independent athletics integrity monitor for Penn State and, as such, we will not know what recommendations he will make, if any at all,” Remy said via an email sent by NCAA spokesperson Emily James.
…“It is important to note that any decision on the Penn State sanctions would be made by the NCAA Executive Committee, comprised of representatives of the membership,” Remy said. “Any speculation by sources or others without review of the (Mitchell) report is irresponsible.”
This is an interesting PR move by the NCAA, which usually isn’t very accessible. But at the end of the day, Remy isn’t saying much — obviously, the NCAA won’t lower sanctions further without a good Mitchell Report, and the SportingNews report simply said that Penn State has a strong case for further reductions if the next Mitchell Report is good.