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Corman Settlement: Paterno’s Wins Restored and Consent Decree Replaced

by on January 16, 2015 1:18 PM

The NCAA announced today that it has reached a settlement in the lawsuit filed by State Senator Jake Corman and Treasurer Rob McCord. The consent decree and the sanctions it imposed are replaced with a new agreement. The 112 vacated wins are now restored and Joe Paterno once again has 409 victories in the official record books. The NCAA also agreed to keep the $60 million fine within the state of Pennsylvania to benefit victims of child sexual abuse.

Corman and Treasurer Rob McCord filed suit against the NCAA to keep the $60 million fine within the state of Pennsylvania under the Endowment Act, but the lawsuit later expanded to successfully challenge the validity of the entire consent decree.

The NCAA’s statement on the settlement breaks down the new agreement, which replaces the consent decree:

Subject to board approval from Penn State and the NCAA, the new agreement between the NCAA and Penn State, replacing the 2012 consent decree between the parties, provides the following:
  • Penn State agrees to commit a total of $60 million to activities and programs for the prevention of child sexual abuse and the treatment of victims of child sexual abuse.
  • Penn State acknowledges the NCAA’s legitimate and good faith interest and concern regarding the Jerry Sandusky matter.
  • Penn State and the NCAA will enter into a new Athletics Integrity Agreement that (with concurrence of the Big Ten) includes best practices with which the university is committed to comply and that provides for the university to continue to retain the services of Sen. George Mitchell and his firm to support the university’s activities under the Athletics Integrity Agreement and in the areas of compliance, ethics and integrity.

“I am pleased to learn that financial resources to help child sexual abuse survivors will soon become available,” said Sen. George J. Mitchell, who serves as Penn State’s Athletics Integrity Monitor.  “I remain impressed with Penn State’s progress to date and look forward to its many reforms and improvements continuing to take root.”

Mitchell will continue in his role outlined as part of the consent decree within the new agreement, partaking in oversight of athletics integrity at the university.

“Continuing this litigation would further delay the distribution of funds to child sexual abuse survivors for years, undermining the very intent of the fine,” said Harris Pastides, University of South Carolina president and member of the NCAA Board of Governors. “While others will focus on the return of wins, our top priority is on protecting, educating and nurturing young people.”

Zach Berger is the managing editor of He graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a degree in print journalism. Zach enjoys writing about a variety of topics ranging from football to government, music, and everything in between.
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