Penn State Officials React

Barbour, Barron and Franklin chime in on the NCAA’s decision to lift major sanctions against the Penn State football program.

Some of the top officials at Penn State reacting to the NCAA’s decision to remove all postseason and scholarship sanctions against the Nittany Lion football program:

Athletic director Sandy Barbour

“I am very happy for Coach Franklin, the coaches and staff, and most importantly, our outstanding football student-athletes. 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.”

President Eric Barron

“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. This is welcome news for the university community, particularly for our current and future student-athletes.

“Our student-athletes and our entire student-body are to be commended for their resiliency and spirit during a challenging time. 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.”

Football coach James Franklin

“We are very appreciative of the opportunities the NCAA and Big Ten have provided with today’s announcement. 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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