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Joe Paterno's Wins Vacated: Bobby Bowden, Eddie Robinson Now Top Coaches

The NCAA chose to vacate all the wins accumulated by Joe Paterno's Penn State team from 1998 (when reports of Jerry Sandusky's child abuse first reached the ears of school officials) through 2011 (when Paterno was fired).

Though that's the least critical of the overwhelming sanctions against Penn State going forward, it does forever alter the record books and gives either Grambling's Eddie Robinson or Florida State's Bobby Bowden the top college football coaching wins record, depending on whether you're a Division I-A purist or not.

  1. Eddie Robinson: 408
  2. Bobby Bowden: 377
  3. Bear Bryant: 323
  4. "Pop" Warner: 319
  5. Amos Alonzo Stagg: 314
  6. Tubby Raymond: 300
  7. Joe Paterno: 298

This is all really, really amazing. If Frank Beamer (251) coaches for five or so more years, he very well could pass Paterno as well.

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