Bobby Bowden: Take down Joe Paterno statue

Comments made amid fallout from Jerry Sandusky trial

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Former Florida State head football coach Bobby Bowden, who battled the late Joe Paterno for the most victories in Division I history, says a statue honoring Paterno outside Penn State's Beaver Stadium should be removed.

Bowden, one of Paterno's closest friends, made the comments to the Altoona Mirror.

"Should his statue be removed? I hear that [on TV]. In my opinion, yes," Bowden told the newspaper on Thursday.

Bowden said for Penn State to move past the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal,  the statue should be removed.

"Every time somebody walks by and sees that statue, they're not going to remember the 80 good years," Bowden said. "They're going to remember this thing with Sandusky.  And I say for Joe's sake, for the family's sake, I would remove that statue. ... So if I was Penn State and I was Joe's family, I'd say remove all that stuff."

Paterno is the winningest coach in Division I history with 409 victories, 32 more than Bowden, who was forced out in 2009.

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