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Report: Grambling wants Paterno's wins vacated

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The city attorney and mayor of Grambling, La., sent a letter to the NCAA asking it to vacate some of Joe Paterno's wins so Grambling State's Eddie Robinson could again hold the record for the most Division I football victories, the Shreveport, La., Times reported.

Robinson had 408 wins at Grambling State, and Paterno had 409 while at Penn State.

City attorney Pamela Breedlove sent a three-page letter to the NCAA on Wednesday explaining its case.

"Even though it was done by outside counsel, the Freeh Report was the university's report," Breedlove said, according to the Shreveport paper. "It said what their employees, including coach Paterno, did wrong. We're hoping the end result of this is coach Robinson will get his record back so everyone will think a great man holds this record."

The letter, written along with Grambling mayor Edward Jones, claims the cover-up involving the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse case violates NCAA constitutional articles 2.4 and 6.4 as well as operating bylaws articles 2.4, 11.1.1 and 11.2.1.

Paterno was fired by Penn State less than two weeks after breaking Robinson's record.

"Right after (Paterno) broke the record, they let him go," said Grambling State football coach Doug Williams, who played for Robinson and replaced him as the Tigers' coach in 1998, told the Shreveport Times. "That's interesting. A lot of people have reservations about the timing. The NCAA definitely has to review it and look at it. I'm a little biased toward coach Robinson, but the timing (of Paterno's firing), if it had happened at the end of the year, it would have been something different."

"Like everyone else, we are reviewing the final report for the first time today," NCAA vice president of communications Bob Williams said in a statement issued Monday. "As president (Mark) Emmert wrote in his November 17th letter to Penn State president Rodney Erickson and reiterated this week, the university has four key questions, concerning compliance with institutional control and ethics policies, to which it now needs to respond. Penn State's response to the letter will inform our next steps, including whether or not to take further action. We expect Penn State's continued cooperation in our examination of these issues."

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