Sean Merriman, BTN.com web editor, January 16, 2015
The NCAA announced a new settlement with Penn State on Friday that will give the football program back 112 wins, which were wiped out during the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. In return, former PSU head coach Joe Paterno has been restored as the winningest coach in major college football history.
Former Penn State offensive lineman A.Q. Shipley appeared on BTN Live Friday and touched on the current development with the state of the program.
"It's a great day for Penn State. It's a great day for the whole Paterno era and everybody who bleeds blue and white," Shipley said. "It's a pretty awesome reaction to everything that went on over the last couple of years. With the bad times and the scholarships taken away and everything else like that, the reaction has been fantastic."
Shipley played for Penn State from 2005-08 and was one of many former players who had their collegiate wins wiped away when the initial sanctions came down on the program.
"I knew I put the hard work in and I knew the camaraderie I had with the guys and everything like that," Shipley said. "Then to see that taken away for something you had no part in and was really something that was a legal matter off the field… To see some of the sanctions and penalties happen and that was taking away from some of the things that happened on the field, it was just a hard pill to swallow."
Of course, Shipley played under Paterno during his time at Penn State. Of those 112 wins that will be resorted, 111 of them were under Paterno, who died in 2012, and the final victory of 2011 was when the team was coached by defensive coach Tom Bradley. It returns Paterno's record to 409-136-3.
"I hope that people see that during his whole life, he tried to make an impact and do what was best for Penn State," Shipley said of Paterno. "He put Penn State over just about everything.
"He loved that school, he did everything he could for that school, and hopefully this restores some of that name and some of that legacy for him."