PSU statements on reduced sanctions

Penn State issued the following statements Tuesday after the NCAA announced the gradual reinstatement of scholarships to the football program.

Athletic director Dave Joyner

"I am very happy for Coach [Bill] O'Brien, the football coaches and staff and the players; especially pleased for our current and future student-athletes, who are the most important reason why we love working in intercollegiate athletics. We will continue to work hard within the Athletics Integrity Agreement to fully comply and to achieve excellence in everything we do at Penn State."

Head football coach Bill O'Brien

"Today's announcement by the NCAA is tremendous news. As a staff, we are especially pleased for our players, who have proven themselves to be a resilient group of young men who are able to look ahead, focus and overcome adversity. Penn State has long been known for graduating its student-athletes and providing them with a world class education. The scholarship additions will allow us to provide more student-athletes with a tremendous opportunity to earn that degree and play football for Penn State."

Clearly a great day for O'Brien and the Lions. More to come ...