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Five years after NCAA sanctions, Penn State is among favorites in Big Ten football

Five years after NCAA sanctions, Penn State is among favorites in Big Ten football

The anniversary passed quietly Sunday at Penn State, without any celebratory cake or too many we-told-you-so’s, even from fourth-year football coach James Franklin.

Five years to the day that the Nittany Lions were hit with NCAA sanctions that many expected would cripple the once-dominant program for decades, if not permanently, Penn State is again, as their fans like to remind opposing teams at Beaver Stadium, Penn State.

While the penalties were gradually lightened — with the addition of scholarships, the reduction of the original four-year bowl ban and the restoration of the full 85-player limit a year ahead of schedule — few expected Franklin to get Penn State back into...

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