With Joe Paterno’s involvement with a child sex scandal at Penn State becoming public, former Florida State coachwants to remember nothing but good things about his friends of five decades. In an interview with the Palm Beach Post, he said "I don't remember the bad things. He didn't have many bad things."
He wants the others to do the same. In a radio interview with Cory Giger, Bowden was of the opinion that the famous statue on the Penn State campus should be taken down. His logic is simple that this would reinforce the negativity that people have for him at the moment with the scandal involvement news. "Should his statue be removed? In my opinion, Yes," Bowden stated. "Now the reason is, Penn State's job now is to try to forget this thing. But every time somebody walks by and sees that statue, they're not going to remember the 80 good years, they're going to remember this thing with (former assistant coach Jerry) Sandusky.
"Just think, every time you go to a ballgame at Penn State and they shine a camera on that statue, that's going to be brought up again. So if I was Penn State, if I was Joe's family, I'd say, 'move on from all that stuff.'"
This opinion is shared by many who believe that Penn State needs to be done away with all that stands as a reminder of the Sandusky scandal., former All-American linebacker said in an interview that everything connection with the scandal should be “purged”.
Bowden has strongly defended Paterno ever since the scandal broke out in November but he admitted how his legacy had been affected by the scandal.
"He's just one of the best coaches ever," Bowden told the paper. "I felt like he would go down as probably the best ever, but after (the Sandusky scandal) it kind of tainted it. But I'm sorry it happened. I hate it happened. I hate to see something happen to Joe."
The late Paterno who enjoys a legendary status as Penn State’s football coach has his legacy at stake with news surfacing regarding his involvement in a child sex scandal. If the statue does come down is something that will be seen in the days to come. For now the public vote remains split with people defending his legacy and contributions to others who think otherwise.