Joe Paterno - Head Coaching Record

Head Coaching Record

Paterno has an official career record of 298 wins, 136 losses, and 3 ties. At the time of his death, Paterno had accumulated 409 total collegiate wins, but on July 23, 2012, NCAA rulings officially vacated 111 of Paterno's wins based on the findings of the Freeh report regarding his involvement in the Penn State sex abuse scandal. All wins dating back to 1998 were vacated, the year Paterno was first informed of Sandusky's suspected child abuse. Based on the criteria used by the NCAA, Paterno no longer holds the record for most victories by an NCAA Division I football coach. Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden now holds the NCAA major college record for wins at 377, while for NCAA Division I schools, Grambling State University coach Eddie Robinson's 408 victories stands as the official record. In his 46 seasons as a head coach, Paterno had 27 winning seasons.

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Penn State Nittany Lions (Independent)
1966 Penn State 5–5
1967 Penn State 8–2–1 T Gator 11 10
1968 Penn State 11–0 W Orange 3 2
1969 Penn State 11–0 W Orange 2 2
1970 Penn State 7–3 19 18
1971 Penn State 11–1 W Cotton 11 5
1972 Penn State 10–2 L Sugar 8 10
1973 Penn State 12–0 W Orange 5 5
1974 Penn State 10–2 W Cotton 7 7
1975 Penn State 9–3 L Sugar Bowl 10 10
1976 Penn State 7–5 L Gator
1977 Penn State 11–1 W Fiesta 4 5
1978 Penn State 11–1 L Sugar 4 4
1979 Penn State 8–4 W Liberty 18 20
1980 Penn State 10–2 W Fiesta 8 8
1981 Penn State 10–2 W Fiesta 3 3
1982 Penn State 11–1 W Sugar 1 1
1983 Penn State 8–4–1 W Aloha 17
1984 Penn State 6–5
1985 Penn State 11–1 L Orange 3 3
1986 Penn State 12–0 W Fiesta 1 1
1987 Penn State 8–4 L Citrus
1988 Penn State 5–6
1989 Penn State 8–3–1 W Holiday 14 15
1990 Penn State 9–3 L Blockbuster 10 11
1991 Penn State 11–2 W Fiesta 3 3
1992 Penn State 7–5 L Blockbuster† 24
Penn State Nittany Lions (Big Ten Conference)
1993 Penn State 10–2 6–2 3rd W Citrus 7 8
1994 Penn State 12–0 8–0 1st W Rose 2 2
1995 Penn State 9–3 5–3 T–3rd W Outback 12 13
1996 Penn State 11–2 6–2 T–3rd W Fiesta† 7 7
1997 Penn State 9–3 6–2 T–2nd L Citrus 17 16
1998 Penn State* 0-3 (9-3*) 0–3 (5-3*) 11'th (5th*) (W*) Outback 15 17
1999 Penn State* 0-3 (10-3*) 0–3 (5-3*) 11'th (T–4th*) (W*) Alamo 11 11
2000 Penn State* 0-7 (5-7*) 0–4 (4-4*) 11'th (T–6th*)
2001 Penn State* 0-6 (5-6*) 0–4 (4-4*) 11'th (T–4th*)
2002 Penn State* 0-4 (9-4*) 0–3 (5-3*) 11'th (4th*) L Capital One 15 16
2003 Penn State* 0-9 (3-9*) 0–7 (1-7*) 11'th (T–8th*)
2004 Penn State* 0-7 (4-7*) 0–6 (2-6*) 11'th (9th*)
2005 Penn State* 0-1 (11-1*) 0–1 (7-1*) 11'th (T–1st*) (W*) Orange† 3 3
2006 Penn State* 0-4 (9-4*) 0–3 (5-3*) 11'th (T–4th*) (W*) Outback 25 24
2007 Penn State* 0-4 (9-4*) 0–4 (4-4*) 11'th (T–5th*) (W*) Alamo 25
2008 Penn State* 0-2 (11-2*) 0–1 (7-1*) 11'th (T–1st)* L Rose† 8 8
2009 Penn State* 0-4 (11-2*) 0–2 (6-2*) 11'th (T–2nd*) (W*) Capital One 8 9
2010 Penn State* 0-6 (7-6*) 0–4 (4-4*) 11'th (T–4th*) L Outback
2011 Penn State* 0-4 (9-4*) 0–2 (6-2*)
Penn State: 298–136–3 (409–136–3*) 31-56 (95–56*)
Total: 298–136–3 (409–136–3*)

*All wins from 1998 through 2011 were vacated by the NCAA as punishment for the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. The decision removed 111 wins and 64 conference wins from Paterno's total. (*) values in parenthesis show original records from before the July 2012 NCAA sanctions.

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