NCAA lifts Penn State's bowl ban

The NCAA has restored Penn State's postseason eligibility and will allow the football team to offer the normal 85 scholarships beginning in 2015-16.

Citing the university's "significant progress toward ensuring its athletics department functions with integrity," the NCAA's Executive Committee is endorsing recommendations released in a report on Monday by George Mitchell, the school's athletics oversight monitor. Mitchell also recommended that his oversight conclude earlier than 2017 if Penn State continues to make strong progress at the end of the 2015 report.

The Executive Committee met with the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and presidents from the Big Ten on Monday, when Mitchell gave an update on the university’s compliance with the athletics integrity agreement before the group took a vote.

The NCAA punished the program in 2012 in the wake of the scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, including handing out a four-year bowl ban, taking away wins, reducing scholarships and fining the school $60 million. The scholarship sanctions were previously reduced last September.

Dave Miller, the college football editor for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.

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