Wins Revocation Unfair to Legendary Coach Bobby Bowden

Dale FetterContributor IJune 22, 2009

1 Jan 1996:  Head coach Bobby Bowden of the Florida State Seminoles is carried triumphantly off the field by nose guard Andre Wadsworth #8 and tackle Orpheus Roy after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida 31-26.  Ma

Can you feel it?  Can you sense it? The hum of 80,000+ fans chanting and chopping away in unison, as the war drums beat. The fans of Florida St, and Florida St. itself are known for their many traditions and excellent Academic and Atheltic programs throughout the University. In the Summer and Fall of 2007, it was reported that 61 Seminole Athletes were involved with a online cheating on tests, or received help from staff who provided these atheletes with answers to numerous tests throughout the period of the class. The NCCA has since sanctioned probation, and scholarship revications from the University, and plan on vacation wins from many of the athletic programs at Florida St, which may include 14 wins off Bobby Bowden's legendary record. The University has since filed for appeals, but so far have been denied these appeals, and recently the University released the statements about the NCAA's decision. But is it fair? Is it fair to punish the Coaches anymore? With the taking away of Scholarships, and putting the programs on four and maybe even longer year probations?

I honestly think not. You have to look at it this way, going into the 2009 College Football season. Paterno leads Bowden going into the 2009 season for the most overall wins by a College football coach, with 383 wins. This revocation by the NCAA on Bowden's record, would not only ruin Bowden's chances to finish his career of coaching as the most winningest coach in College football (which will most likely be the case if the wins are given back), but also robs us the fans of great drama that we've came to know from our College football teams. Each win by our respective Coach, leads to greatness. The NCAA has already put the academic programs on four year probation, and have taken away scholarships, that's fine and understandable. But why overkill it? Why punish the coaches for something they knew nothing about? If you already have the University under serious probation, why do you need to rob not only Bobby Bowden, but us the fans of our love and passion for the game? I fully support the taking away of scholarships, and the probation; but taking away 14 wins off Bobby Bowden's record, would be like the NCAA trying to take away tradition at Florida St. (Which they've actually tried to do these past few years). I see no fairness in the recovation of wins, because it doesn't just affect the fans and the players; but the coaches who spent their long nights planning and preparing; who don't deserve to be punished anymore.