The Penn State Nittany Lions are unlikely to get extra credit for meeting sanction deadlines ahead of schedule. Mark Wogenrich at Of The Morning Call reports that Penn State will probably have to play five seasons with the 65-player scholarship limit regardless of how quickly the Nittany Lions aim to reach that total.
The 65-player limit will kick in starting in 2014 and last until the conclusion of the 2018 season. Right now Penn State stands at 67 scholarship players and could try and reach that 65-player limit this season. That way the Nittany Lions would look to advance their scholarship reductions at least a year earlier in the 2017 season. But the NCAA seems to be set that the punishment will last five years regardless, so the period of the punishment would not be reduced.
The NCAA handed down a substantial package of punishment on Penn State, with bowl bans spanning four years, 13 seasons wiped from the record books, a $60 million fine, and the aforementioned scholarship reductions.