Statement on restoration of conference bowl revenues

February 12, 2015

The Big Ten and the Council of Presidents/Chancellors issued a decision on Feb. 11 to restore Penn State's share of the conference bowl revenues for the upcoming football season. In 2013and 2014, as part of sanctions put in place by the Big Ten, Penn State's share of the conference's bowl revenues were divided equally among 12 Big Ten schools and were distributed to child-focused organizations in their local communities. Penn State also used bowl revenues from 2012 to support related causes.

"We are grateful to the Big Ten and the Council of Presidents and Chancellors for their decision to restore Penn State's share of the Conference bowl revenues to the University in the upcoming football  season," said Penn State President Eric Barron. "These funds will help to support our 31 teams and more than 850 student-athletes."

"While we are pleased with the decision, we will not waver in our commitment to prevent child abuse, to maintain our leading compliance and safety programs, and to continue to invest in our teaching and research efforts focused on child abuse prevention and treatment," Barron said.

Sandy Barbour, Penn State director of athletics, echoed Barron's thoughts and said the restoration of bowl funds is certainly welcome news, but does not alter the University's resolve in the areas Barron mentioned.

"We are very appreciative of the decision made by the conference Presidents and Chancellors as these funds are vital to our ability to continue to create the very best conditions for success for our student athletes," Barbour said. "This is yet another step in allowing today's student athletes all the opportunities they deserve."

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Last Updated February 12, 2015