Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penn State Gets Update on Reprieves

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penn State Gets Update on Reprieves

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - For now, Penn State is unlikely to be granted further reprieve from the NCAA sanctions, said former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, the university's athletics integrity monitor. But at his annual report next September he said he could propose more reductions to the sanctions as part of a multi-phased process if Penn State continues to improve its oversight and governance .

Mr. Mitchell addressed the board of trustees this morning in a public session, speaking for a few minutes before taking questions from trustees only. He clarified the process for reducing sanctions in the future.

First, he said, he would have to recommend a reduction if Penn State continues its "quality response." Then the NCAA and the Big Ten would have to agree.

When trustee Alvin Clemens asked Mr. Mitchell about a future lifting of the postseason bowl ban, Mr. Mitchell said it was premature to discuss the specificity of possible changes.

Mr. Mitchell said he believes Penn State will continue to improve itself.

"I encourage everyone to never lose sight of what everyone involved should have in common," he said, "and that is a deep devotion to the university, to its future and perhaps most importantly to the young people educated here."

-- Mark Dent, The Pittsburgh Press

Olympics boss: Weed out drug cheats

ROME - IOC President Thomas Bach urged national Olympic committees today to weed out drug cheats before the Winter Games in Sochi in February, warning that a positive test would taint the image of an entire team.

"Please, speak with your national anti-doping agencies. Speak with your governments. Speak with your national federations," Bach said in a speech to the European Olympic Committees general assembly. "And perform pre-competition testing and make sure that you, as national Olympic committees, that you can be proud of your team in the end.

"You can win as many medals as you want in the Olympic Games," Bach added. "But if you have a doping case by one of your successful athletes, the image of your (entire) team is tainted ... So it is in your own interest to arrive in Sochi with clean athletes."

Bach said pre-competition tests for the Feb. 7-23 Sochi Games have been increased by 57 percent and overall tests will be up by 40 percent from the last Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010.

Bach also reiterated that Russian President Vladimir Putin had assured him that, despite the country's law banning gay "propaganda," there would be no discrimination in Sochi.

Albany coach to end his four-decade career

ALBANY, N.Y. - Albany's Bob Ford says goodbye on Saturday after more than four decades as football coach.

The 76-year-old Ford ranks first among active FCS coaches with 265 career victories and fourth all-time. The school believes he's the only coach to take a team from the club level to Div. …

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