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Responses to NCAA reducing Penn State penalties

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Responses to the decision by the NCAA to gradually restore football scholarships taken from Penn State in response to the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal:

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- Penn State president Rodney Erickson: ''This action today ... recognizes the significant efforts over the past year to make Penn State a safer, stronger institution.''

-Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien: ''The scholarship additions will allow us to provide more student-athletes with a tremendous opportunity to earn that degree and play football for Penn State.''

-Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner: ''I am very happy for Coach O'Brien, the football coaches and staff and the players; especially pleased for our current and future student-athletes, who are the most important reason why we love working in intercollegiate athletics.''

-Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett: ''I am pleased that the NCAA is recognizing the important changes and reforms that the university has undertaken and will continue to make moving forward.''

-Penn Staters for Responsible Leadership spokeswoman Maribeth Roman Schmidt: ''The NCAA has taken the first step toward repairing some of the damage that it and Penn State's leaders have inflicted on Penn State.''

-Family of former coach Joe Paterno: ''Penn State is a great university with an excellent culture. The ultimate resolution to this tragic episode is a full and fair review of the record. A transparent process that respects due process will serve the best interests of the victims, the university, the NCAA and all other affected parties.''

-Athletics integrity monitor and former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell: ''While there is more work to be done, Penn State has clearly demonstrated its commitment to restoring integrity in its athletics program.''

-NCAA president Mark Emmert: ''The goal has always been to ensure the university enforces clear expectations and a daily mindset within athletics that the highest priority must be placed on educating, nurturing and protecting young people.''

-Penn State senior Brendan MacBride: ''It's great that NCAA is coming down a little easier. They were too hasty to begin with.''

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