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NCAA Football

Bobby Bowden: Joe Paterno’s Statue Should Be Taken Down


Via ESPN Radio’s Cory Giger, who hosts “Sports Central with Cory Giger” weekdays from 4-6 p.m on ESPN Radio 1450 in State College, comes news that former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden — the man who sits behind Paterno on college football’s list of all-time winningest coaches — thinks Paterno’s iconic Happy Valley statue should be taken down.

The news comes via a tweet from Giger, and audio is not yet available. But if the comments are accurate, and Bowden — one of the game’s most prominent elder statesman and a guy who had a friendly rivalry with the former Penn State coach for years — does indeed think the statue should go, it might create a shift in opinion regarding the way Paterno’s legacy will be viewed going forward. We’ll have more as it becomes available.

[Cory Giger]



  • Anonymous

    JoPa and Penn St. taint Higher education in genera;l they should make a mandatory “morals” class for freshmen and Prof,Coaches etc…

  • Anonymous

    And we care what Bowden thinks about JoePa’s statue why????

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Jones/14831926 Bill Jones

    Cause its the games two greatest coaches and Bowden is a friend rival of Paterno. Beth sounds like a Penn State fan…

  • Quincy5

    I could care less what Bobby Bowden thinks. Who aasked him anyways???

  • Anonymous

    I AM a fan AND a PSU graduate, married to a graduate, mother of a graduate, and mother-in-law of a graduate – and ALWAYS PROUD OF IT.

  • Kejo66

    You’re PROUD of your school?  that’s sick./  Death penalty is the only thing that will make it go away.
    Even if I went to Ped State I would be for the death penalty, sick sick sick.

  • Kejo66

    evidently Corey Giger asked him

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1012076138 Karlene Renee Arment

    Bobby Bowden has nothing to do with Penn State……..who cares what he thinks???

  • Yngvey1

    The scandal had nothing to do with Penn State’s football PROGRAM. If the identical crimes had happened with, say, a former Applied Research Laboratory director (also responsible for many millions of dollars in revenue for Penn State) nobody would be saying “shut down the laboratory.” It’s only because people are so passionate about football and Joe Paterno was so revered for so long, that so many now want to come out of the woodwork and tear down the man, the program, the school. It’s a disproportionate response. Hate Jerry Sandusky for the monster he is. Diss the 3 administrators all you’d like. Throw dirt on Joe for not “doing more.” Do NOT conflate those things with the program that has been a model that 99.9% of the other schools in the NCAA aspire to in terms of performance on the field and academic achievement in the classroom and in life after Penn State. Be real.


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