Penn State reduces Sandusky sanctions for sex abuse

The body governing US collegiate sport has eased the punishment against a university where a football coach was convicted of sexually abusing children.Penn State will be eligible to compete in a postseason “bowl” game this year, and its football scholarships will be fully reinstated next year.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association credited Penn State’s “significant” progress toward reform.In 2012 Jerry Sandusky was convicted of abusing 10 boys, some on campus.He met the boys through a charity he ran.

After the assistant football coach’s conviction, the NCAA banned Penn State from competing in collegiate football’s celebrated postseason bowl games for four years, and reduced the number of football scholarships it could offer prospective players by 10 places per year for four years.

The school was also ordered to pay a $60m (£37m) fine and was stripped of more than 100 wins from the record books.

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