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Bowden on Paterno: “I don’t remember the bad things… only the good things’

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Former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden was surprisingly one of the most outspoken critics of Joe Paterno in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex scandal, saying his coaching contemporary was “a little negligent” in how he handled allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of his former assistant.

With Paterno reportedly gravely ill and near death, Bowden told the Miami Herald that he prefers to focus on the overwhelming amount of good his long-time friend brought to the game.

“Just remember the good things. I don’t remember the bad things. He didn’t have many bad things. I would only remember the good things,” the 82-year-old Bowden told the Miami Herald. “He and I spent a lot of time together. We played him 10 times at West Virginia and played him twice when I was at Florida State in bowls. I never beat him in Pennsylvania. He had too many good players.”

Bowden was getting set to coach one side of the Battle of Florida all-star game when the news of Paterno’s deteriorating health began to break.  On the opposite sideline in the game was Howard Schnellenberger, who expressed how saddened he was over the developments.

“I’m distraught that this is happening to him,” said the 77-year-old Schnellenberger told the Herald.

“All of this happened to him so fast. I hope he can pull through it if he has the ability or the chance to improve. The University of Miami’s successes are tied real closely to him, the games we played together. We played three times. Everyone of them was a big struggle knowing we were going up against the best coach in America. The last two months have been a terrible thing [for him].”

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25 Responses to “Bowden on Paterno: “I don’t remember the bad things… only the good things’”
  1. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 21, 2012 8:31 PM

    Bowden on Paterno: “I don’t remember the bad things… only the good things’

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    Wow. Bowden sounds just like every morals lacking PSU/Pervterno supporter.

  2. jckid21 says: Jan 21, 2012 8:37 PM

    Straight from the mouth of the Head Coach who ran FreeShoeUniversity.

  3. how887 says: Jan 21, 2012 8:38 PM

    Bowden has his own skeltons. He better watch out before carma grabs him.

  4. mrslay1 says: Jan 21, 2012 8:39 PM

    obnoxious-magget… It’s trash like you thats makes life stink for good people! You certainly show what the word morals means in your pitiful life!

  5. turillos says: Jan 21, 2012 8:40 PM

    thatobnoxiousguy, if it makes you really happy to really tick people off you should be the happiest man in the world. i honestly hate you.

  6. harleyspoon says: Jan 21, 2012 8:54 PM

    thatonnoxiousguy, You are the pervert in this room…You are evil and full of messy pus…I don’t think there is a positive drop of the milk of human kndness in your sick and sad existence….You better get ready, sicko, God will give you the same judgment you impose on others…Shame on you, you piece of wormy roast!!

    That goes double for you too, jckid21….!!!

  7. frank booth says: Jan 21, 2012 8:59 PM

    how887 says:
    Jan 21, 2012 8:38 PM
    Bowden has his own skeltons. He better watch out before carma grabs him.
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    I have Red Skelton in my closet. He doesn’t say much.

  8. turillos says: Jan 21, 2012 9:00 PM

    follow up to harley’s post:

    “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” –Jesus

  9. donttazemebro says: Jan 21, 2012 9:04 PM

    Rest in Peace Coach Paterno.You deserved better than you recieved at the end.

  10. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 21, 2012 9:14 PM

    donttazemebro says:
    Jan 21, 2012 9:04 PM
    Rest in Peace Coach Paterno.You deserved better than you recieved at the end.

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    The children deserved better than what they got. No thanks to Paternos inaction

  11. 8man says: Jan 21, 2012 9:20 PM

    And with his passing we will know less about what actually happened because we won’t be hearing anything from him.

    I’m hearing that they took him off a respirator this morning and his death is imminent. It’s awful for all of us when an icon for so long passes amidst the shame and destruction caused by someone else. I’m not defending anyone, but I think we all would have liked a different ending.

  12. gershonpsu says: Jan 21, 2012 9:38 PM

    Joe Paterno was the finest man I ever knew. He left this world having made it a much better place and his influence will be felt for generations.

    Thank you Coach. We will miss you. Rest in Peace.

  13. thefiesty1 says: Jan 21, 2012 9:40 PM

    C’mon guys. They both coached way past their prime. Both should have retired years ago and enjoyed their last years. JoePa coached more winning games than anyone else. A record that probably never be broken. So be it. He stayed too long and now his legend is tainted.

    As I get older and try to enjoy my retirement more (every day). I try to let things go and move on. Maybe some of these posters should do the same.

  14. t16rich says: Jan 21, 2012 9:41 PM

    Great coach. Led Pedd State to many banners.

  15. comeonnowguys says: Jan 21, 2012 9:50 PM

    gershonpsu says:

    Jan 21, 2012 9:38 PM
    Joe Paterno was the finest man I ever knew. He left this world having made it a much better place and his influence will be felt for generations.

    Thank you Coach. We will miss you. Rest in Peace.

    I’m not one for sweeping general statements but here goes:

    JoePa looked the other way while Jerry Sandusky was sexually assaulting of boys.

    Boys.

    He held a “We are Penn State” rally on his front lawn giving absolutely no consideration to the victims.

    In spite of his decades of on-the-field success, his firing was by unanimous vote.

    Unanimous.

    Don’t worry about how these last few months will affect his legacy, because it is actually giving him the legacy he deserves.

    Anyone who starts in on how great a man he was or how great of a leader he was needs to re-examine their life’s priorities, because college football is way too high on them.

    And if this thought came to your mind and you have a child, especially around that age… all I can say is wow.

  16. barbeaux says: Jan 21, 2012 10:12 PM

    It’s odd how Paterno’s name was brought up more often than Sandusy’s…you know….the guy that was sexually abusing children. It seems most everyone in the penn state admin knew something was happening. Two are rightfully going to trial for their coverup. Despite how much we think we all know we really don’t.

  17. frank booth says: Jan 21, 2012 10:29 PM

    comeonnowguys says:
    Jan 21, 2012 9:50 PM
    gershonpsu says:

    Jan 21, 2012 9:38 PM
    Joe Paterno was the finest man I ever knew. He left this world having made it a much better place and his influence will be felt for generations.

    Thank you Coach. We will miss you. Rest in Peace.

    I’m not one for sweeping general statements but here goes:

    JoePa looked the other way while Jerry Sandusky was sexually assaulting of boys.

    Boys.

    He held a “We are Penn State” rally on his front lawn giving absolutely no consideration to the victims.

    In spite of his decades of on-the-field success, his firing was by unanimous vote.

    Unanimous.

    Don’t worry about how these last few months will affect his legacy, because it is actually giving him the legacy he deserves.

    Anyone who starts in on how great a man he was or how great of a leader he was needs to re-examine their life’s priorities, because college football is way too high on them.

    And if this thought came to your mind and you have a child, especially around that age… all I can say is wow.
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    This morning, I had some pancakes.

    Pancakes.

  18. gman91478 says: Jan 22, 2012 12:03 AM

    Judging by half of the comments, most of you are ignorant to the facts, so here goes:

    In 1998, Sandusky was accused of “inappropriate behavior” with a minor. The District Attorney (now mysteriously dead… or missing) did not file charges.

    In 2002, McQueary reports to Paterno he saw Sandusky engage in “inappropriate behavior” with a young boy. Paterno met with Gary Schultz and Tim Curley, two of his superiors, and McQueary. McQueary told Schultz and Curley what he saw. True, Paterno did the minimum. However, he cannot legally do anything because he was not a witness. McQueary is the only one that could have actually gone to the authorities with a witness statement.

    Late Spring 2011, former PSU president Graham Spanier informs PSU’s Board of Trustees about the grand jury investigation into Sandusky.

    November 2011, Sandusky is arrested. PSU’s Board of Trustees claimed they knew nothing of this matter and fired Paterno and Spanier and placed Curley on administrative leave while Schultz retires (completely… I think he came out of retirement for his position before the “scandal”).

    Penn State community (students and alumni… but not the Board of Trustees) come together to remember and honor the victims (the children).

    On to Joe Paterno, it would offend almost 90% of the Penn State community to read the general public thinks he only coached a football team. JoePa coached students into becoming honorable citizens. He taught honor and success. He donated several million to Penn State. PSU’s library would not be nearly the size it is today without his financial support. He preached honor and humility while working towards success. Penn State is a public university that ranks among the top universities and research facilities, public AND private, in the nation (see http://www.psu.edu/ur/rankings/). The Board of Trustees have had a problem for years: JoePa has meant more to PSU (students, alumni, and dare I say faculty and staff) than they ever did and ever will. It is their arrogance, resentment towards that fact, and lust for power that lead to all of the negative media aimed at JoePa. No one likes a legend when he/she is alive. Fifty years from now, JoePa will be remembered for what he did for the thousands of men he coached, for the PSU library, for the university, and for a community of hundreds of thousands of people and still growing. There is no remember JoePa for “the good things… not the bad things.” There is only remember JoePa for his legacy: as a coach, as a mentor, as an educator, and as an advocate for honorable success in higher education.

  19. k4aic says: Jan 22, 2012 12:13 AM

    Yea just like Paterno chose to not “remember” the bad things…what the fuck? Paterno is a low life that HELPED Sandusky rape little boys.

    Keep turning a blind eye there folks.

  20. frank booth says: Jan 22, 2012 12:39 AM

    gman91478-

    That’s a neat story. It leaves out a lot, as the situation is a bit more complex than that. At every turn, PSU supporters twist every shred of the blame away from Paterno. The blame belongs to subordinates. Then the blame goes to the superiors and the Board of Trustees. It all swirls around him, but never falls on St. Joseph of Happy Valley.

    Just because a man does so many good things doesn’t mean that he’s infallible. It also doesn’t mean that he’s the only person that is culpable, and it doesn’t mean that his accomplishments aren’t admirable. But just as a man should be recognized for his accomplishments, his failures shouldn’t be ignored.

  21. kevpft says: Jan 22, 2012 1:24 AM

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    May this mark the beginning of the end of the Cult of the Infallible Hero-Coach. Nothing good ever comes from this kind of blind worship and concentration of power.

  22. phillyfanmatt says: Jan 22, 2012 9:43 AM

    While he should have done more morally as many of you claim. You all who sit there and call a man who is dying a scum and a piece of trash are just as morally wrong. If you were in his family, friends and supporters shoes you would be upset if people were saying things like that about your parent, grandparent, friend or whatever if you believed in them. You all would be up in as saying things like I can’t believe people would wish death or ill-will on my loved one.
    Maybe he should have done more. Maybe he did do more with his passing, when it happens we will never know his whole side of the story. But I will admit I am ashamed as a human being to be associated with those who wish anyone who is dying the harsh ill feelings that many of you are wishing on Joe Paterno.

  23. mickeyd93 says: Jan 22, 2012 1:25 PM

    I reckon now Ole’ Joe won’t have to answer as too why winning another NCAA Championship or Bowl game. Was more important than stopping young boy’s from being sodomized and sexually abused by his buddy Jerry Sandusky?

  24. mickeyd93 says: Jan 22, 2012 1:32 PM

    I like how they show the one lady crying weeping in front of Joe Paterno’s statue! Could she be a mother of one of Jerry Sandusky’s young victim’s? I think I’ll save my tear’s for those young boy’s who were sodomized and sexually abused while Papa Joe looked the other way! We all know it was much more important to WIN another Bowl game or NCAA Championship don’t we all yo Penn State Alumnai and Joe Paterno Worshippers???

  25. jag8r904 says: Jan 24, 2012 10:33 AM

    This is how Bowden ran his program. Just ignore the bad.

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