Originally Posted by Avles
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.
There needs to be no reminder and his record should be vacated. Believe me, this situation will be remembered for decades to come. His name or record should not even be remotely on the same list as other reputable coaches who earned their wins without having to hide such atrocities.
Vacating the record communicates the message strongly.