One of the penalties the NCAA levied against Penn State was forcing the school to vacate all its wins from 1998, the year coach Joe Paterno and other top university officials became aware of an accusation that assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had showered with a young boy, through 2011.
Penn State lost 112 wins, and Paterno's major college football record 409 victories were reduced to 298, knocking him down the list.
In question-and-answer form, here is a look at what it means for victories to be ''vacated.''
Q: Does vacating a win mean the opponent won?
A: No. According to the NCAA, opposing teams are not granted wins, as in a forfeit. The penalized school simply can't claim credit for that victory. For instance, in 2009, Penn State opened the season with a 31-7 rout of Akron. Penn State will lose credit for that win, but Akron cannot claim it as a victory.
Q: What about individual player records? Does it have any implications?
A: The NCAA spec...