Bobby Bowden: Keep Victims In Mind

With the sanctions levied against Penn State on Monday, former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden now owns the record for most wins in FBS history, but he said the focus of the day’s events should be on the victims of Jerry Sandusky and not the on-field repercussions.

“There’s no rejoicing in the Bowden household,” Bowden said when reached Monday. “The most important matter is the young men who suffered. I won’t be able to enjoy it under the circumstances.

“The fact I knew Joe personally, I’m probably like a lot of the kids who played for him. I hate it for Joe and his family, but the worst part is what happened to those kids and what Jerry Sandusky did.”

Paterno, the longtime Penn State coach, had 111 wins dating to 1998 vacated from his record as part of the NCAA’s sanctions, which also included $60 million in fines, a four-year bowl ban and a loss of scholarships in the wake of the Sandusky child sex assault scandal.

That leaves Paterno with an official win tally of 298, well behind Bobby Bowden’s official career tally of 377.

Source: David M. Hale