Bobby Bowden Downplays Overtaking Joe Paterno On Wins List

Depending on how you look at it, either Bobby Bowden or Grambling's Eddie Robinson is now the major college football all-time wins leader after the NCAA redacted 111 of Joe Paterno's victories. At the very highest level, it's Bowden.

After calling last week for Paterno's statue to be taken down -- though largely out of sympathy for Paterno's family -- Bowden says he's taking no joy from standing in sole possession of the record: "I wasn't expecting it like this and didn't want it to happen like this. Wish I could have earned it, but that is the way it is."

Elsewhere, he's told Jon Solomon, "There's no way we can rejoice in that here because of what happened with the circumstances. Under the circumstances, we can't even cheer."

Paterno now ranks seventh among all Division I coaches after retiring one game ahead of Robinson. Frank Beamer is the leading active coach and could very well pass Paterno within five years or so.

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