In a recent radio interview, Bobby Bowden said that Joe Paterno’s statue should be removed from the campus of Penn State. In his own words:
If I was Joe Paterno’s family, I would want it taken down. Every time they play a game in that stadium, the cameras are going to flash down on that statue of Joe, and it’s going to bring up again this thing with Sandusky. To me, Penn State needs to get that behind them somehow. They gotta pay for the sins — that’s going to cost them a whole lot of money — but every time they see that statue, they’re going to bring that up. I’d hate for his family to have to go through that the rest of their lives.
Bowden was also asked about Paterno’s legacy. Bowden said this:
I’m afraid it’s this. Here’s a guy who spent 60 years ‘doing it the right way.’ Had coaches, compatriots looking up to him, trying to do it his way, and this comes up and erases the whole thing.
On the saddest part of this scandal, Bowden said:
I’m sorry, I’m sorry for Joe, I’m sorry for his family, I’m sorry for all of those, but the main sorrow is for all those kids that got molested 10 years after it could have been cut off.
You can listen to the rest of the interview below.