The NCAA Executive Committee restored Penn State’s post season eligibility and its full compliment of Scholarships. Is this a big cover up and smoke screen?
According to NCAA.com here, Penn State’s post season ban was lifted and its scholarships returned “Due to Penn State University’s significant progress toward ensuring its athletics department functions with integrity”. George Mitchell of the infamous “MItchell Report” is Penn State’s compliance monitor went on to recommend that his position may not be necessary if the University continues its progress. Mr. Mitchell’s tour of duty ends in 2017.
Do we really believe this result is because of the saintly actions of Penn State? It is suspecious that these sactions are lifted at the same time that the NCAA filed papers to end a protracted legal battle with the State of Pennsylvania over the distribution and use of approximately $60,000,000 paid in fines by Penn State. If the NCAA’s withdrawal is accepted, the NCAA will not have to defend the harshness of the original sanctions and justify its investigation. The NCAA withdrawal was first reported we believe by The Patriot News and can be found here.
The NCAA has drawn serious questions about its investigation techniques with regard to its review of other matters such as the Miami alleged infractions, as reported by USAToday here. Of course, as has been widely reported, the Paterno family requested a review of the findings of the NCAA and demanded the disclosure of certain materials used in its findings. A summary of the current state of the Paterno request can be found here.
It appears the NCAA is running from a battle that it knows was not handled appropriately. At what point will the truth be known?
Happy in Happy Valle – NCAA Restores Penn State Football Post Season and Scholarships – Smoke Screen for NCAA Failure?