NCAA Restores Joe Paterno's Vacated Wins in Lawsuit Settlement

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2015

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As part of a settlement between the NCAA and Penn State University, late head coach Joe Paterno will have his victories from 1998 through 2011 restored after they were vacated due to the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal.

According to NCAA.org, Penn State will commit $60 million to programs designed to prevent sexual abuse against children and treat victims. It will also enter into a new Athletics Integrity Agreement, among other things.

Penn State's board of trustees unanimously voted to ratify the settlement, according to Charles Thompson of The Patriot-News:

Relating to Paterno's record, he will now be credited with the 111 wins that the Nittany Lions earned while he was at the helm over a 14-year period, per ESPN.com's Don Van Natta Jr.:

Jan Murphy of The Patriot-News has Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman's thoughts:

Penn State was and is a model athletic department for others to emulate. The reputations of many people including one of the most revered sports figures of the 20th century were tarnished by accusations which were not based in fact. The restoration of these victories will once again forever more restore Joe Paterno as the winningest coach in the history of college football with 409 victories.

Former Nittany Lion players John Urschel and Michael Mauti chimed in on Twitter as well:

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With those wins, Paterno will once again be recognized as the all-time wins leader in major college football, surpassing Bobby Bowden, according to Kevin McGuire of College Football Talk:

Per NCAA.org, NCAA board of governors chair Kirk Schulz believes the settlement is fair for everyone involved:

Today's agreement with Penn State reaffirms our authority to act. The NCAA has a legitimate role when a member's actions threaten the integrity of college sports. We acted in good faith in addressing the failures and subsequent improvements on Penn State's campus. We must acknowledge the continued progress of the university while also maintaining our commitment to supporting the survivors of child sexual abuse.

CBS Sports provided the Paterno family's complete statement:

Ultimately, the NCAA has decided that Penn State has paid its dues over the past few years, and restoring Paterno's wins feels like a good-faith gesture.

Paterno's legacy is extremely important to Penn State football and its fans, and with his wins being vacated no longer, his legacy as a coach has been cemented.

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