Originally Posted by SNR
According to wiki he was 86 when he died. So 84/85ish.
Sorry, I don't mean to sidetrack this thread, and I know this has been discussed to death, but the NCAA vacating all those wins as punishment for the scandal is just a bunch of bullshit. The games happened regardless of whether or not the coach did a bad thing in concealing a child abuser on his staff.
So yeah, "officially" the record books show he only has the number of wins that he had in 1998, but everybody REALLY knows how many wins he actually had.
Punish the school some other way. Make Paterno stand trial (if he hadn't died). Do whatever. But don't blow smoke up our asses and say, "Yep... Penn State actually didn't play any games from 1998-2011. Yup. That's what happened. That's history."
I agree totally. Does making them vacate the wins somehow make one or more of the victims feel better about the situation? I doubt it.