The Penn State football program has had their wins re-instated after a new settlement with the school was announced Friday, weeks before a scheduled trial on the legality of the 2012 consent decree it will replace.
This now, officially, makes Joe Paterno the most winningest coach in college football history once again!
However, the new deal also includes a $60 million dollar fine that address the child molestation charges. The $60 million dollars is supposed to be spent within the state which resolves the lawsuit.
The NCAA’s board of governors approved the settlement. University president Eric Barron went on record saying:
“I want to thank Sen. (Jake) Corman, Treasurer (Rob) McCord, and the NCAA for their efforts to bring about an outcome that is in the best interest of Penn State,” university president Eric Barron said in a statement. “I also want to thank the hard-working students, staff and faculty at Penn State who have ensured the highest level of compliance and ethics. Finally, I want to make it clear that we have a tremendous alumni community that cares a great deal for Penn State. It is my hope that this agreement will continue the healing process for all.”
NCAA president Mark Emmert commented on the decision:
“We are not at all admitting that we didn’t have the authority to impose the penalties,”
Emmet also said “This was in all ways, an extraordinary circumstance. We all hope that we never find ourselves in a position like this.”
It seems like there are mixed feelings about the settlement goin around. Some are in support of Penn State and their football program whilc others thing that the full punishement should have been imposed.