Franco Harris Reinstated After PSU Backlash

The NFL Hall of Famer and PSU great is once again the chairman of a Pittsburgh scholarship foundation.

NFL Hall of Famer and Penn State great Franco Harris has been reinstated as the chairman of a Pittsburgh scholarship foundation, less than a month after he stepped down from the job after drawing criticism for his support of Joe Paterno amid a child sex abuse scandal.

The Pittsburgh Promise board voted Wednesday to reinstate Harris as chairman. He'd stepped down as board chairman on Nov. 17 after Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl complained about Harris' statements backing Paterno.

Harris said previously his support for Paterno should not be considered an endorsement of former coach Jerry Sandusky.

Ravenstahl says he doesn't regret asking for Harris to step aside. The mayor says Harris showed he understands the importance of sensitivity as the chairman of a scholarship program.

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