LSU likely won’t pick up win because of Penn State vacated games

Although the NCAA forced Penn State to vacate 112 wins from 1998-2011 as part of sanctions stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal, an LSU official says the Tigers almost certainly won’t gain a victory after having lost to the Nittany Lions 19-17 in the 2010 Capital One Bowl.

LSU senior associate athletic director Herb Vincent said unless something changes later, LSU won’t be credited for winning the bowl game against Penn State. He cited a similar instance when Ohio State vacated wins from the 2010 season, including its 2011 Sugar Bowl win over Arkansas. The vacated Ohio State wins did not result in an extra victory for the Razorbacks.

Vacated wins are not the same as a forfeit, Vincent said. LSU benefited from wins in 1975 and 1976 that the NCAA forced Mississippi State to forfeit, but Vincent said the cases are not similar.

“My hope is that the focus remains on the healing process for the victims and their families.  It is also an important lesson about having an effective process of checks and balances in place at all of our institutions, and it reinforces the importance of integrity at all levels of leadership.”

Meanwhile, LSU released a statement Monday afternoon from athletic director Joe Alleva regarding the Penn State sanctions:

“My hope is that the focus remains on the healing process for the victims and their families,” Alleva said. “It is also an important lesson about having an effective process of checks and balances in place at all of our institutions, and it reinforces the importance of integrity at all levels of leadership.”