What They’re Saying About the Penn State Deal

The NCAA and Pennsylvania state officials have reached a deal that restores 112 vacated Penn State wins. Here are some reactions, including the Paterno family statement.

Earlier today, the NCAA and the state of Pennsylvania reached a deal that restores all 112 wins vacated in the of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The late Joe Paterno had 111 wins restored in the agreement, which once again makes him the all-time winningest coach in major college football history.

The Paterno family released a statement in the wake of the ruling. Here is a part of it:

Today is a great victory for everyone who has fought for the truth in the Sandusky tragedy. The repeal of the consent decree and the return of the wins to the University and Joe Paterno confirm that the NCAA and the Board of Trustees acted prematurely and irresponsibly in the unprecedented sanctions the NCAA imposed on the University, the players, coaches and the community.

This case should always have been about the pursuit of the truth, not the unjust vilification of the culture of a great institution and the scapegoating of coaches, players and administrators who were never given a chance to defend themselves.

Here are more reactions to the news.


P5 means a “Power Five” conference — like the Big Ten, Penn State’s conference.


After the NCAA found that Reggie Bush took money while attending USC, the NCAA issued heavy sanctions against the university’s football program. Bush later voluntary vacated the Heisman Trophy he won in 2005; the award now has no winner.



And there was one amazing typo.