The NCAA announced Tuesday that it is reducing its sanctions against the Penn State football program, lessening the initial scholarship reductions levied against the team. This led to a plenty of reactions from across the country, as well as within the Penn State community.
"Since I was hired here, we’re just trying to do what’s right for the student-athletes here," O'Brien said. "We've made mistakes. We've owned up to those. If we sent an improper text or made a [prohibited] phone call, we reported them right away. We're certainly not perfect. I think we have a good leader here in [university president] Rod Erickson.
"We're just trying to do the best job we can for Penn State every day."
"We always felt once we were able to get a young man and his parents here on campus, the place sold itself," O'Brien said. "It's a place where you can get a fantastic degree. It's a place where you can play in the Big Ten. … As far as recruiting the individual athlete, that was never difficult here. The numbers were the difficult part."
"When the rules changed a little bit, we adapted to those rules," he said. "The rules now are we can sign a few more guys and can get back to 85 scholarships a little bit sooner. We can’t go to a bowl or compete for a championship, but we definitely can get more on an even playing field numbers-wise, and that's what we're concentrating on as a staff."
"The action taken today by the NCAA, following its review of the positive report issued this month by Sen. George Mitchell, recognizes the significant efforts over the past year to make Penn State a safer, stronger institution," said Penn State President Rodney Erickson. "This news is certainly welcome to our University community, particularly the student athletes who may want to attend Penn State and will now have the means to do so. As we promised throughout this process, we are committed to continuing to improve all of our policies, procedures and actions."
"The resiliency displayed by those young men, as well as our entire student body is something of which we are proud," Erickson said. "I would also like to thank the literally hundreds of University administrators, faculty, staff, students and alumni whose hard work over the past 15 months helped lay the groundwork not only for this action by the NCAA but, even more importantly, for a better Penn State."
That's big for the long run— Jordan Hill (@J_HILL_47) September 24, 2013
NCAA supposed to be watch dog of college athletics but who is watching them and their conduct?— Michael Robinson (@RealMikeRob) September 24, 2013
The NCAA is reducing the sanctions against PSU not because they want to see the school grow, but because they were wrong in the first place.— No Fear. (@ThattAfricanKid) September 24, 2013
So this whole scholarship restoration is pretty awesome. #PSU— Kyle Lucas (@KLucas26) September 24, 2013
They need to have cuz the penalties were unfair in the 1st place— Tony Perkis (@BWare_LaFlare) September 24, 2013
I'm confused. Did I still lose every game in college? Or was I part of successful teams again?— MrKermitMD (@MrKermitMD) September 24, 2013
The NCAA needs to own up to their wrong doings & give us back everything they took from us. We still haven't had a legitimate NCAA violation— Stephon Morris (@King_Lova_) September 24, 2013
Still not enough. Still doesn’t make it ok— Steven Bench (@Steven_Bench) September 24, 2013
Penn State AD Dave Joyner just told me with a smile: "Jim Delany is a great commissioner." Big political win for Delany today.— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) September 24, 2013
Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez just told me about NCAA decision on PSU: "I think it's great. I think (the penalties) were excessive."— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) September 24, 2013
I asked Alvarez if this represents Emmert retreating from his strong stance: "It sure appears that way," he said.— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) September 24, 2013
I asked USC AD Pat Haden about the Penn State decision. He forced a smile and said, "I'd love to have some scholarships back."— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) September 24, 2013
THAT would be precedent RT @ralphDrussoAP Emmert notconceding an inch when asked if reductions indicate an initial overreach on part of NCAA— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) September 24, 2013
NCAA gives back SOME PSU scholarships? Why not ALL? ANY football sanctions are still an affront to the truth— Jay Paterno (@JayPaterno) September 24, 2013