Originally Posted by WildVolley
You can't actually change history, and Paterno has not been accused of cheating in those games.
If the NCAA had learned about PSU's and Paterno's actions (or lack of them) sooner do you think the NCAA would have punished them? For example, let's say that this is 1998 instead of 2012 and the Sandusky story breaks. Do you think Paterno would have been allowed to continue coaching? If the answer is no then it wouldn't be unreasonable to vacate those wins.
Now, there's a question of whether the NCAA should have punished PSU at all or if they should have left it as purely a criminal and civil matter. However, PSU seems to have agreed to the punishment so that ship has sailed.