”Joe was a little negligent; it’s sad what happened at Penn State.” Is how Bobby Bowden responded when asked about his friend Joe Paterno when he spoke at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes luncheon at Doublegate Country Club. Reported by The Albany Herald, when Bowden was asked about Jerry Sandusky “I knew him like I knew you folks, it’s a shocking story. I couldn’t believe it. He was one of the nicest guys you could ever met.”
Bobby Bowden has a long history with both Paterno and Sandusky as he coached against Penn State yearly during his time as head coach with West Virginia for years and Bowden and Paterno were inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame together in 2006.
Bowden tried not to crush his friend Paterno in the decisions he made, but made it clear that the focus should be on the kids when asked if he was upset with how Paterno was let go Bowden proclaimed “there’s no nice way to dismiss somebody. That’s not what upsets me. What happened to those young boys is what upsets me. It shouldn’t have happened because somebody didn’t report it. They could have cut it out eight or nine years ago.’’