Originally Posted by WildVolley
It's not like the old USSR, everyone knows Paterno won more games. You can't actually change history, and Paterno has not been accused of cheating in those games. That's why I use the term Orwellian.
Orwellian was the term I thought of too. For me vacating the wins seems like a way of trying to cleanse the record, to pretend that somehow all that dirty business wasn't really part of college football. But of course it was. I see no reason to let the NCAA avoid the embarrassment of having their winningest coach be associated with the scandal.
I don't care much what they do to the PSU program going forward, but I think the wins and Paterno's record should stay intact-- in part as a reminder that there are more important things than wins and records.