I find it funny how hard Florida State is fighting on behalf of Bobby Bowden to keep 14 of his wins from being vacated. The idea is that, with 382 career wins, he needs to keep pace with Joe Paterno (who has 383 wins).
But Bowden already counts 31 wins from his time as head coach of non-Divison One Samford.
If we take into account just Division One games, then, Bowden has 351 wins (not counting the 14 potentially vacated) and is nowhere near Paterno’s mark and has no chance of catching him. So those 14 wins FSU is trying to keep are irrelevant.
And if we ARE counting non-Division One wins, then John Gagliardi of St. John’s (Minn.) has 461 of them and the 14 wins vacated by FSU are still irrelevant (at least when it comes to the all-time wins list).
An honest accounting shows that Bowden isn’t within reach of the all-time wins record…unless he decides to coach until he’s 110.