Penn State President: University Should Be “Rewarded” for Post-Sandusky Changes

“If you’re doing well, you should be rewarded.”

Eric Barron

Penn State’s new president, Eric Barron, on Monday said the university should be “rewarded” for improvements it has made since the Jerry Sandusky scandal, but stopped short of saying the NCAA should reduce or end its sanctions against the university and its football program.

The Patriot News reports that Barron made his comments Monday at the Pennsylvania Press Club in Harrisburg. He said:

"A big mistake is to actually sit there and say: 'This is what you guys should do.' Because they're [the NCAA leaders] all a whole bunch of presidents that are going to sit there and have their own strong opinion.

"So I'm not going to enter into the debate of who should do what, and when.

"But this is my general view in life. If you're doing well, you should be rewarded … So if we're sitting there with what I think is the best compliance program in sports ethics in the nation, Penn State should be rewarded for that."

He emphasized he wouldn't call for a reduction in sanctions, but said: "What I want them to do is to see what a great job we're doing, and them make up their mind."

Next month, former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell is due with a two-year review of the four-year sanctions. Under the remaining sanctions, the university is still banned from the postseason for two more years and must finish paying out a $60 million fine. The university already had all its wins from 1998 to 2011 erased.

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  • Connor

    Eeeeeasy there big fella. While I do believe current kids and coaches should not be paying the price for past sins with their college experiences and scholarships, administrators – even if they weren’t part of that horrible, horrible culture of abuse and cover-up – should just shut up and continue leading Penn State forward.

    • today2

      A few individuals isn’t a culture. You obviously have been reading too many blogs.

      Also, nobody at PSU needs to shut up at all. You’re as guilty as anyone left at Penn State. Innocent people have every right to be upset over being punished for something they weren’t involved in.

      You’re right about one thing, though. Taking away scholarships, which is preventing kids from going to college, is a ridiculous way to try to say you care about kids. I’ve also never heard of vacated wins helping a victim to recover.

      Anyway, if all the people left defending the university and not wanting to accept punishment for things they weren’t involved in bothers you, then don’t watch us or pull against PSU. You probably already have been, so no real loss. We’ll continue to be a great school with or without your approval of our decisions on how to move forward. :)