While Penn State University is cleaning up the Sandusky mess, Joe Paterno was stripped of all wins between 1998 and 2011. That left Bobby Bowden as the all-time Division I wins leader. Surprisingly, Bowden took the high road.
According to the Washington Post, Bowden, in a radio interview on ESPN Tuesday, said he didn’t want the record this way.
“There’s no rejoicing in our household over it,” Bowden, 82, said Tuesday on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” show (listen here), repeating his reaction from Monday.
“The fact I knew Joe personally [since 1952], I’m probably like a lot of the kids who played for him,” Bowden said Monday. “I hate it for Joe and his family, but the worst part is what happened to those kids and what [former assistant] Jerry Sandusky did.”
H/T to TheSchoolPhilly for the photo.
Glad that assclown doesn’t actually think he earned the record. No matter what the books say, everyone knows who the real record holder is. People don’t look back at the USC teams led by Reggie Bush and not think they aren’t champs. Games are played on the field.
This in now way, shape or form condones the PSU version of Kotite, Gamble and Bramen for covering for a child predator named Jerry Sandusky. But, you can’t take away what happened on a field as Adam Taliaferro pointed out yesterday.
NCAA says games didn’t exist..I got the metal plate in my neck to prove it did..I almost died playing 4 PSU..punishment or healing?!? #WeAre
— Adam Taliaferro (@Tali43) July 23, 2012
Did something need to be done? Yes. No question. Does stripping of records and things that happened on the field serve any purpose? Not really. This isn’t a team that used ineligible players (Reggie Bush).
Still, at least Bowden, the beneficiary of the NCAA ruling realizes such.