REPORT: Discussions to Restore Paterno’s Wins
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer Penn State, Pennsylvania state officials and representatives of the NCAA are reportedly in discussions to reconsider sanctions levied against the Nittany Lions football program in the wake of the Sandusky scandal. Said to be included in the talks is possibly restoring the wins, 111 in all, that were taken from former head coach Joe Paterno. The NCAA has already eliminated many elements of the original punishment, including the scholarship limitations and the four-year post-season ban. PSU subsequently played in its first post-season game since the sanctions this past season, winning the Pinstripe Bowl. The Inquirer reports that the discussions also include the NCAA dropping the fight against keeping Penn State's $60 million fine to enhance child protection within Pennsylvania's borders. Nnot surprising to these alleged developments is the timing of a lawsuit brought by state Sen, Jake Corman and Treasurer Rob McCord, which challenges the consent decree Penn State representatives agreed to. This lawsuit is set to enter the trial phase in next month. Reinstating Paterno's 111 wins would bring his official total victories to 409, reinstating him as the winningest FBS coach in the NCAA's record books.
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