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Pennsylvania Senator: Child Victims In Penn State Sex Scandal Still Owed "Justice"

Sen. Bob Casey said it was "good news" for the school that the NCAA reinstated Penn State's eligibility for bowl games and scholarships Monday.

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WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Bob Casey said he thought it was "good news" for Pennsylvania State University that the NCAA is rolling back the sanctions it levied on the school for its roll in the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.

But Casey, who said he hadn't yet had a chance to take a closer look at the 58-page report that guided the NCAA's decision, told BuzzFeed News he wasn't yet satisfied.

"It's good news for the university," Casey said. "But there's still a measure of justice that the children have to be accorded that will play out. There's still some work to be done there."

Penn State was initially supposed to be ineligible for the playoffs, bowl games, and the Big Ten conference championship through the 2015 season. The team will be eligible for all three of those this year.

The team will also have all 85 scholarship spots available for next season.

As reports about Sandusky's conduct began to surface in 2011, Casey called for Senate hearings to see how federal law could be applied to the case.

When the NCAA first handed down its sanctions on the university, Casey said they were "tough but necessary."

Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey could not be reached for comment.

"Penn State has made remarkable progress over the past year," NCAA board member Harris Pastides said in a statement. "The board members and I believe the Executive Committee's decision is the right one. It allows both the university and the association to continue to move toward a common goal of ensuring that educating, nurturing and protecting young people is a top priority."

CORRECTION: This post was corrected to clarify that the Penn State football players were not involved in the scandal.

Jacob Fischler is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C.

Contact Jacob Fischler at jacob.fischler@buzzfeed.com.

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