Longtime Florida State coach Bobby Bowden retired with 377 wins-good for 2nd on the all-time list to Penn State’s Joe Paterno. However, the NCAA vacated all of Joe Paterno’s wins from 1998-2011 Monday morning as part of the punishment to the Nittany Lion program as part of the cover-up of the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal, dropping Paterno’s win-total from 409 wins to 298.
This essentially crowned Bobby Bowden as the winning-est Division-1 FBS coach, but don’t think that Bowden was happy to earn this prestige in this matter-via a statement from the former ACC Coach:
“I left the house early this morning to play golf, and after we had played nine holes someone from the golf course brought me a note telling me about the NCAA’s rulings; the vacating of 111 wins from Penn State among them. Understanding what that meant, I must say that there is no rejoicing in the Bowden household. Nobody would want to have a title given to him this way, you know it? No sanctions, no amount of money, and no penalties could ever repay or repair the damage done to those young boys. I just hate the way all of this has happened. Nothing that has transpired today has changed what our teams accomplished over the years one bit. All of this attention and focus should be on the innocent victims of this tragedy.”
—- Bobby Bowden