“By the way, am I going to get my 12 back now?” Bowden said.
Bobby Bowden Happy to Relinquish Winning Coach Status
Former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden doesn’t mind giving up his “official” title as the winningest D-1 college football coach of all time. In fact, he has even welcomed it. Bowden, now officially second on the all-time list with 377 wins, told the Associated Press that he is “OK” with the distinction.
“I’m glad for [Paterno]. I was self-conscious about that anyway,” Bowden said. “Every time I would speak they would say, ‘He’s the winningest coach in I-A history.’ I’d say, ‘Yeah, after they took 100 away from Joe.'”
In a way that only Bobby Bowden could say it, he called the NCAA sanctions “pretty dadgum strict.”
Bowden has beef with the NCAA as well. The organization stripped 12 wins from his official record in 2007 for what was determined to be an academic cheating scandal by some members of the football team. That fact isn’t lost on him today.