Penn State Comments on NCAA Ruling

Penn State officials, including James Franklin, have now commented on today’s Mitchell Report and the NCAA’s ruling to strike down the Nittany Lions’ bowl ban.

“Senator Mitchell’s report and recommendations, along with the actions taken by the NCAA today, are a recognition of the hard work of many over the past two years to make Penn State a stronger institution,” said Penn State President Eric Barron. “This is welcome news for the University community, particularly for our current and future student-athletes.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Sen. Mitchell,” he added.

He then lauded the student-athletes and their coaches.

“Our student-athletes and our entire student-body are to be commended for their resiliency and spirit during a challenging time,” Barron said. “We also are grateful for the dedication and commitment to success on and off the field of our football student-athletes, and the leadership of Coach James Franklin and Coach Bill O’Brien before him.”

“This report is a welcome acknowledgement of the University’s efforts,” said Board of Trustees Chair Keith Masser. “Such a massive undertaking has made Penn State a national model in an array of university functions  including compliance, safety and security. I commend President Barron and his predecessor, Rodney Erickson, for their tremendous leadership throughout this process. The Board of Trustees is committed to the continued monitoring and improvement of university policies, procedures and actions.”

“I am very happy for Coach Franklin, the coaches and staff and most importantly, our outstanding football student-athletes, said Penn State Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour. “I am gratified for the student-athletes who have remained resilient, committed and dedicated to Penn State during the past three years. We will continue to work hard and strive for integrity and academic and athletic excellence every day and to provide our student-athletes with the best experience possible.”

Coach James Franklin is pleased as well.

“We are very appreciative of the opportunities the NCAA and Big Ten have provided with today’s announcement,” Franklin said. “This team plays for each other. We play for Penn State, our families, the former players, our students, alumni, fans and the community. We are so proud to represent Penn State and the Big Ten Conference and are working hard to prepare for our Big Ten opener at Rutgers.”

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