The NCAA restored Penn State University’s football postseason eligibility Monday, lifting one of several sanctions it handed down in 2012 after finding that the school had mishandled the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Beginning next season, Penn State will have all of its scholarships reinstated, and starting this year, the school is eligible to play in a bowl game if the team qualifies.
The sanctions also included a $60 million fine, vacation of victories from 1998 to 2011 and five-year probation. Those sanctions, however, remain intact.
Not even 30 months removed from levying sanctions against the Penn State football program following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the NCAA made the decision Monday to lift the penalties inflicted on the school.
The penalties lifted included a four-year postseason ban and a four-year reduction of scholarships.
Forgive me for not cheering.
Mitch Leidner injured his left knee in last week’s game, and Nick Rallis is out for the season
For Seth Vander Tuig, the journey to the sidelines of TCF Bank Stadium for a Saturday afternoon bout between Minnesota and Middle Tennessee State began almost four years ago, before Mission: College Football even came into existence.
Before the inception of Mission: College Football, it was nothing more than one man’s dream to see each of the top 128 college football teams in the United States.
But when Vander Tuig’s wife bought him tickets to a Notre Dame football game against Purdue, he started realizing that fantasy.
Recap: After a slow first quarter, the Gophers blew the game open with big-time defensive plays and led Middle Tennessee State 28-0 at the half.
It looked like the game was over — and Minnesota came into the second half as if it was.
The Blue Raiders got on the board just a minute into the third quarter after a 44-yard touchdown run from Reggie Whatley. Whatley amassed one more touchdown on the day along with 84 yards rushing to help Middle Tennessee State make a 24-7 run.
My apologies to the Gophers fans out there hoping for a team with an offense that could pick apart a defense at will.
That won’t be your team this year.
For the second consecutive game, Minnesota proved itself to be one-dimensional offensively against an inferior opponent.
While I don’t want to take away from the Gophers’ ability to run the football — David Cobb looked like a man among boys out there en route to a career-high 220 rushing yards — Minnesota’s presence through the air leaves something to be desired.