Citing their commitment to reforming their football culture, the NCAA and Big 10 conference have decided to reinstate Penn State's football team to postseason play a couple seasons earlier than expected.
They also will give Penn State a full slate of scholarships in 2015-16.
"Following our briefing with Senator Mitchell, the (Big Ten's Council of Presidents and Chancellors) reached consensus agreement to support his latest recommendation and also agreed to restore the school's eligibility for the Big Ten Football Championship Game, which ran concurrently with the NCAA postseason bowl ban" said Sally Mason, the COPC Chair and President of the University of Iowa. "We support the NCAA announcement acting on that recommendation, thank Senator Mitchell for his dedicated service and appreciate Penn State's ongoing commitment to improvement."
The news is a big boost to James Franklin, whose recruiting class in his first season as PSU coach was ranked among the nation's top 10.
The Lions are 2-0 this season with victories against Central Florida and Akron.