Sunday, July 26, 2009

In defense of Bobby Bowden

Florida State linebacker Dakoda Watson has listened and read all about the controversy swirling around Seminoles’ coach Bobby Bowden and whether the NCAA will force him to relinquish 14 victories due to rules violations.

Bowden has 382 career victories, one fewer than Penn State’s Joe Paterno in the race to be college football’s all0-time winningest coach and the loss of 14 wins would end any chance of Bowden eventually overtaking Paterno since the Florida State coach will step down after this season or next.

“Bobby Bowden told me he doesn’t care about those games,” Watson, a former Aiken (S.C.) High star, said. “Even if they take those games, he’s still Bobby Bowden.

“Everybody knows what he did. It may not say it on paper but he’s a legend. Even if they don’t have it on paper anymore, they can’t knock him down.”

Quarterback Christian Ponder also came to the defense of his coach.

“A lot of people think he’s not as involved as he was but he’s still very involved,” Ponder said. “He contributes a lot.

“It would be nice to send him out on a high note at the end of his career.”

-- Ron Green Jr.


rakeback said...

Bobby Bowden is nothing more than a figurehead at this point. I think he needs to bow out gracefully rather than challenging the administration. The program clearly wants to go another way and he wont allow them too even though he isnt putting together winning programs.