Jeré Longman and Marc Tracy, THE WASHINGTON POST
(The Washington Post)—Amid the child-molesting scandal at Penn State, Joe Paterno lost his job, more than 100 victories as a coach and his reputation as a kind of football Renaissance man. Even a statue of him outside the university’s stadium was removed.
But nearly three years after Mr. Paterno’s death at age 85, his reputation is experiencing something of a revival.
On Friday, as part of a settlement in a lawsuit filed by Pennsylvania officials, the N.C.A.A. agreed to restore 111 victories that it had rescinded from Mr. Paterno after the scandal, in which a former longtime assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was found to have sexually molested boys. With his record of 409-136-3, built from 1966 until he was fired in disgrace near the end of the 2011 season, Mr. Paterno again becomes the major-college football coach with the most victories.