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Bill O'Brien Believes Sanctions Against Penn State Could Be Reduced

Via Derek Levarse of the Times Leader, Bill O'Brien says he is under the impression that the punishments against the Nittany Lions could be reduced in the future if the Nittany Lions comply strongly with them.

O'Brien stepped in to quite the firestorm when he accepted the Penn State head coaching job on January 7, 2012. The news regarding the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal and the involvement of high ranking PSU officials continued to get worse daily and questions arose about whether or not O'Brien made a mistake accepting the position.

Those questions were further validated when the NCAA handed down unprecedented sanctions against the football program that have the potential to cripple the program for much of the near future.

Regardless, O'Brien has remained optimistic about the program and has vowed to do what he can to help the program through the tough times.

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