The Penn State football program is up and running again. The Nittany Lions held their first practice Monday after being hit with sanctions by the NCAA for their mishandling of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. KPCC's A Martinez explains the changes the team is facing.
Under the NCAA sanctions, Penn State was fined $60 million, and had all wins vacated dating back to 1998. It faces a 4-year postseason ban and major scholarship reductions.
The team is facing some big challenges with the loss of scholarships and they've already lost some players this year. Under the terms of the sanctions, the NCAA allowed players to transfer to other programs. Nine of the recruits took them up on that offer and left Penn State for other schools, most notably Silas Redd, who is considered one of the top running backs in the nation. He transferred to USC and practiced with them Monday night for the first time.
While USC is also under sanctions, it's still a desirable football program to be a part of. Their ban on postseason games is over, so they are eligible to compete for the Pac-12 and BCS titles. They're currently ranked the No. 3 college football team in the country, and are led by Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback, Matt Barkley.