HEADLINE: "NCAA Executive Committee to gradually restore Penn State scholarships."
Translation: "We have been making this up all along, and we will continue making it up."
The NCAA is a laughingstock (which is not headline-worthy). When it dropped the hammer on the Penn State football program following Jerry Sandusky's conviction on child abuse charges, it ignored its own procedures, punished the wrong people, and went to lengths to crush the program that no one initially contemplated. They did it because of a need to demonstrate relevance. They overstepped in a historic way.
Now, they are beginning to un-overstep (not a word, granted). The committee, at the advice of former Sen. George Mitchell, the man hired to oversee Penn State's reaction to this whole mess, has essentially dropped a year of the scholarship limitations it imposed. Penn State will be back to the full limit of 85 scholarships by 2016-17. The committee also said it would consider easing the ban on bowl games "depending upon Penn State's continued progress."