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Penn State Head Coach Bill O'Brien Looking To The 'Hawaii Exemption'

The NCAA imposed a bowl ban through 2015 as one of the many sanctions against Penn State in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal and coverup. Despite no chance at postseason play, first-year head coach Bill O'Brien is working with the schedule to find a consolation prize.

Kevin McGuire of the Examiner reports that O'Brien is attempting to use a clause in the NCAA rule book to get an additional regular season game for his team against Hawaii in Hawaii.

The NCAA rules allow teams to schedule a 13th regular season for Hawaii, so long as they host the game. The rule also applies to Alaska and Puerto Rico.

Alabama was the last team to use the exemption, getting a 2002 road game in Hawaii during their postseason ban. Notre Dame and Michigan have done the same over the last 20 years.

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