Back in July 2012, the NCAA handed down a series of harsh penalties to the Penn State football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. Penn State received a $60 million fine from the NCAA as well as a four-year bowl ban and a reduction in yearly scholarships. However, a short time ago, the NCAA revealed that they are ending Penn State's postseason ban, effective immediately, and giving them back all of their scholarships next year.
"Due to Penn State University's significant progress toward ensuring its athletics department functions with integrity, the NCAA Executive Committee today eliminated the school's postseason ban, effective immediately, and will return the full complement of football scholarships in 2015-16," the NCAA said in a statement.
This is obviously good news if you're a Penn State fan, seeing as how the school will now be eligible to participate in the postseason this year after missing out on the opportunity the last two seasons. But doesn't this feel like a pretty random time to give Penn State back its postseason eligibility?