STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany is praising Penn State's handling of the NCAA sanctions against the football program.

Delany in an interview with The Associated Press cited positive reports from the NCAA monitor about Penn State's progress with the landmark sanctions following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, and called attention to what school leaders and coach Bill O'Brien have done that has "moved the institution to a better place."

Delany said it was a little premature to look at the possibility of decreasing penalties, or petitioning the NCAA to decrease its sanctions. He says the focus should be kept on Penn State's progress.

Delany was visiting Penn State on Thursday as part of a league tour of preseason camps.