Paterno family: Restored Penn State wins a ‘great victory’

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WHTM) – The family of the late Joe Paterno says an agreement that restores his status as the winningest coach in major college football history is “a great victory for everyone who has fought for the truth.”

The deal announced Friday by the NCAA gives back Penn State the 112 football wins that were vacated after the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case.

“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,” the family said in the statement.

“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.”

“For nearly three years, everyone associated with Penn State has had to bear the mark of shame placed upon the institution by the NCAA. It was a grievously wrong action, precipitated by panic, rather than a thoughtful and careful examination of the facts.”

“Fortunately, through the tenacious efforts of Senator Jake Corman and Treasurer Rob McCord, a large measure of the wrong has been righted. This is a major victory in our continued pursuit of justice for Penn State. The victims deserve the truth as do those who have been smeared by the deeply flawed Freeh report, which served as the basis of the actions by the Board Trustees and Penn State.”

“Through our pending litigation, we intend to continue the job of uncovering the full truth in this case,” the statement concluded.

 

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