Joe Paterno's Family Chimes In On Lifting Of Penn State Sanctions

Posted: Sep 10 2014, 3:36am CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News

Joe Paterno's Family Chimes In On Lifting of Penn State Sanctions
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The family of the late Penn State Nittany Lions head football coach Joe Paterno as well as university trustees weighed in on the lifting of several sanctions against the school in light of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Joe Paterno's family has chimed in on the lifting of sanctions against Penn State University.'s Ashley Doerzbacher wrote about the development on Sept. 9:

"One of the only sanctions not lifted to this point has been the vacated wins.

"One hundred and twelve wins from the years 1998 through 2011 were vacated as part of the NCAA sanctions. Because of the vacation of those wins, Joe Paterno was longer the winningest coach in major college football, but his family and several Penn State trustees are working to reverse that as well.

"The Board of Trustee members and the Paterno family weighed in on the report out Monday. They're all part of a lawsuit against the NCAA. They said they were happy with the bowl ban lifted, and scholarships reinstated, but trustees say you still can't discount the Paterno suit and the $60 million in fines that the university is paying.

"The family agrees, saying they're still moving forward with that lawsuit to have those parts lifted, and all penalties, placed against the university lifted.

"Scott Paterno weighed in on Twitter saying quote: ''This has never been about the wins; the point of litigation is to examine consent decree and its basis, Freeh Report and documentation so we can finally have a full story.'

"Several Penn State trustees are also parties to the lawsuit against the NCAA and say this doesn't change a thing.

"'We also have to make sure the country remembers that it is a great university and that it has always been a great university,' said Ryan McCombie,Penn State Board of Trustees member. 'The only way to do that is to get full revelation of what happened and how it happened.'

"'The NCAA may have lifted the bowl ban and granted or returned the scholarships, those are just a few of the penalties that were imposed, but how do you restore the reputational harm that they did to the former players, to Joe Paterno, to his estate?' said Anthony Lubrano, Penn State Board of Trustees member.

"McCombie credits the administration for these sanctions being overturned, saying they made a great university even better. He continued on to say now the board must continue what they're doing to see others lifted."

On Sept. 9,'s Anna Orso reported on the aftermath of the Penn State sanctions being lifted:

"While victims' advocates roundly agree that current Penn State football players weren't the ones to blame for Jerry Sandusky's misdeeds, some feel the celebration surrounding Monday's reduction in sanctions may have been misplaced.

"'You understand youthful exuberance,' said Cathleen Palm, of the Center for Children's Justice. 'But it is challenging because there's not a whole lot of celebration that is warranted in terms of what led to those sanctions...I do think that it goes to show that in some ways, the culture has only changed so much.

"The NCAA announced Monday that it was effectively halving the unprecedented sanctions levied against Penn State's football program in July 2012. A four-year bowl ban was cut to two, and all Penn State's revoked football scholarships will be restored by the 2015-16 season.

"That decision came just after a report was issued by Penn State's independent athletics integrity monitor George Mitchell, who lauded the university for its efforts to change and improve after the sex abuse case.

"And change, it has. The university has implemented new security measures, trained thousands of mandated reporters and has made progress in bringing to light the issue of child sexual abuse.

"For that, some victims' advocates say, the school should be commended.

"Following the announcement of the sanction reductions Monday, more than 1,000 students rallied in happiness on Penn State's campus and downtown State College. They chanted, sang and police in the area reported virtually no crime."

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