St. Louis Rams linebacker Josh Hull still has a long list of accomplishments from his time at Penn State. A two-time ESPN Academic All-American and a second-team All-Big 10 player, the accomplishments of Hull's Nittany Lions team no longer exist in the eyes of the NCAA.
As part of their sanctions in the wake of the Sandusky child sex abuse scandal and the ensuing cover up perpetrated by the school's leadership, the NCAA stripped the school of all wins from 1998 through 2011. That was the least of Penn State's problems following the long list of punishments merited out by the NCAA, but it's the one that most affects former players.
Hull walked onto the team as a freshman in 2005. He started all 26 games at middle linebacker in his junior and senior seasons there. His 116 tackles as a senior in 2009, becoming just the 20th player in the school's history to top 100 tackles in a season. During his time there, Penn State played in the Outback Bowl, the Alamo Bowl, the Rose Bowl and the Capital One Bowl. They won three of those bowls, but those wins are now vacated, the official term for it.
The appropriateness of the sanctions for Penn State will continue to be debated. But the school is forever scarred. Hopefully, Hull, the only member of the Rams from Penn State, can find some redemption in the NFL, sooner rather than later.
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