Bobby Bowden Is Pathetic? Penn State Blogger Gets It All Wrong
Posted by William Kristoph
What am I talking about? Go over to “Black Shoe Diaries” another wonderful SB Nation blog that decided today to spew some hate towards FSU Football Head Coach Bobby Bowden. Go read it and come back.
I know the “in” thing to do is take the piss out of Bobby Bowden regarding the Academic Issues that the NCAA ruled on and FSU is still appealing. But come on BSD, are you freakin’ serious?
A couple of things to remember:
- Penn State fans are weirdly obsessed with Bowden not having the record. Noles fans are not nearly as obsessed with JoePa not getting it, imho, we’d rather root for Bowden TO get the record (and then retire).
- Penn State fans have nothing better to do in State College, PA than think about ways to bitch about Bowden.
- Penn State fans are from the Big 10, delusion is their thing
- Penn State players can give FSU players a run for their money when it comes to off the field indiscretions.
- They continue to whine about wins a Samford, because you know, it’s not fair.
- I chose FSU over Penn State (and others) when I made my college choice, so I’m biased (if you couldn’t tell from the name of this blog)
- Penn State fans jump around to freaking Zombie Nation:
Back to the real point here. BSD has it all wrong when it comes to Florida State University’s response to the NCAA sanctions. Bobby Bowden doesn’t have anything to do with it. Sure, the media ASKS him about it, but he’s not exactly in on FSU’s response. T.K. Wetherell does, Athletic Director Randy Spetman does, and a whole slew of lawyer that are spending plenty of FSU dollars do. *** Added after initial post – And me, evidently, since a portion of my BOOSTER MONEY IS GOING TO THIS DEFENSE, ARGH!*** On top of that, the response is about multiple wins across multiple sports, including a couple of Track National Championships. This isn’t a football / Bowden only thing to FSU.
This is their response. We didn’t know that 30 players were cheating. We didn’t know that three people we put in charge of tutoring and supporting these athletes were purposely helping them cheat. We shouldn’t be punished for this.
No, the response is actually more like “Um, hey NCAA we reported this, like you asked schools too. We stopped it as soon as we found out. Now why are you doubly screwing us, when we could have acted like Southern Cal and Reggie Bush and just shut you out of everything instead of being honest.”
Let me get this straight. Florida State is considering giving up more scholarships in exchange for getting the wins back? Is the record so important to Bowden, Wetherell, and the Florida State community that they are willing to sacrifice future wins and deny potential athletes a free education for a chance at it? I mean, even if they get the wins back it’s no guarantee Bowden will get the record. Paterno just signed a three year contract extension while Jimbo Fisher has been promised $5 million if he’s not the Florida State head coach by 2011. If I’m a Seminole fan I have to be furious that Wetherell and Bowden are even considering sacrificing the future of the program so one man can leave something for his grandkids.
You’re missing the point BSD on two fronts still, this isn’t JUST ABOUT BOWDEN. This is about multiple wins across multiple sports. And let’s be honest about the free education bs, this is college football (they should just pay the kids and all it the minor league NFL at this point, at least it would be fair to the players) and it’s all about the Benjamins. Most of the players aren’t going to be a student and play football (at FSU, Penn State or any other major D-I program) they’re going to play football and attend some classes. The second point is that the future of FSU football was long ago sacrificed when Jeff Bowden was made Offensive Coordinator and the program was allowed to go into the vast abyss called mediocrity starting in 2001.
Yes, FSU Athletes cheated. FSU punished them as soon as they knew about the problem, and they punished everyone involved. It was across multiple sports and it occurred in one very poorly administered class. Does it suck that it happened? Yes. Should FSU lose wins? I don’t think so, since they didn’t knowingly play ineligible players, and that’s the whole point of the penalty. Should FSU trades wins for scholarships? At this point I don’t care either way, that’s part of being disgusted with the whole thing. What I’d rather focus on is that the ship is righted and heading the proper direction from this point forward. That point won’t happen until this NCAA business is finished, wins, scholarships or none of the above.
As much as I don’t love the football program at the moment, Bobby Bowden is not a pathetic man as the article implies. He certainly no worse than a man that hangs referee dolls on his door. His quotes are that of an old man thinking about the end of his career, and probably don’t come out framed as they should. Who cares? Bowden has raised many millions of dollars for Florida State University, and his football program brought FSU into the national spotlight. Without Bowden’s down home personality with FSU Boosters, FSU would be a smaller school (not small, just smaller) with a great baseball team. Has the game passed Bowden by? Perhaps, but FSU did the boneheaded thing and named the field after him, put a statue up and one ugly stained glass window at Doak Campbell Stadium, which means you can’t get rid of the him until he wants to go. It’s that simple. Give credit to Penn State for not making that mistake, but to imply that Bowden is any less of a good person than Joe Paterno is a joke. Both are good men, that made a hell of a living as good football coaches, and both have done a lot for their respective universities.