Even in the era of steroids and Congressional investigations, there are records in the sporting world which remain untainted and virtually unattainable. They stand alone on the mountain top of achievement in their sport.
Mere mortals attempt to break them and all fall short.
Nobody has ever come within a dozen games of Joe Dimaggio's 56 game hitting streak.
The closest man to Cal Ripken's streak today is some 2,300 games behind.
Add Joe Paterno's to that list of immortal records. Forget for a moment the 60+ years at one school or 44 as head coach at one school. Assuming that his team has five more wins in it this season or the next, 400 wins for a FBS coach is nearly impossible for anyone else to reach.
With Bobby Bowden's departure from the scene, there is nobody else in the top ten of all time coaching victories still active.
Let's look at some of the most successful coaches in college football today and see how far they have to go.