Formula 409: Paterno’s Victories Restored

The NCAA has agreed to un-vacate the 111 wins it took from the former Penn State coach. He is once again major college football’s all-time victories leader. The consent decree that brought about sanctions vs. PSU has been repealed.

Penn State’s Joe Paterno is once again the winningest coach in major college football history.

The late Nittany Lion mentor is back to 409 victories after the NCAA agreed to un-vacate 111 wins that had been erased when it handed down sanctions against PSU in the wake of the Sandusky scandal in July of 2012. The wins were restored as part of a settlement between the NCAA, Penn State and state officials. The deal was announced by the NCAA Friday morning.

State Sen. Jake Corman, who had sued the NCAA in part because he questioned the organization's purview in the matter, said the suit has been dropped as part of the agreement. Further, the consent decree between the NCAA and Penn State that brought about the sanctions has been repealed (though most of the sanctions had already been dropped).

Also, the $60 million PSU was fined as part of the sanctions will be used to help children in Pennsylvania.

“Per the agreement, the consent decree imposed on Penn State is hereby repealed,” Corman said. “All remaining sanctions against Penn State University are now voided.

“The NCAA has surrendered,” he added. ”The agreement reached is a complete victory.”

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