For the first time since the NCAA imposed sanctions on Penn State nearly two years ago, the Nittany Lions have a full complement of 25 scholarships to give to the incoming freshman class of 2015.
That still might not be enough for first-year coach James Franklin, who has gotten off to a quick start in recruiting, with oral commitments from 16 players. Because of NCAA sanctions from the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the Nittany Lions still will be five scholarships short of the maximum of 85 allowed to Division I teams in 2015.
Franklin would not comment on the numbers, but he acknowledged Tuesday that the scholarship squeeze has been "a real issue . . . for probably the last month or so" in a recruiting class that ranks as high as second nationally.