Penn Staters, victim advocates don’t embrace NCAA over deal

    Not everybody is happy now that Penn State’s getting back 112 football team wins wiped out in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.

    Friday’s swiftly approved agreement also bowed to Pennsylvania officials’ desire to keep Penn State’s $60 million fine for in-state child-abuse prevention, rather than programs around the nation.

    It also restores late coach Joe Paterno’s status as the winningest coach in major college football history, prompting his family to hail it as a victory.

    But lawyers for Sandusky’s victims worry that the NCAA’s retreat sends the wrong message.

    And in State College, home to Penn State’s sprawling main campus, the news was welcome, although not everybody felt warmly toward the NCAA after it did what some viewed as unnecessary damage to the university and its reputation.

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