Saint Bobby finally has wings clipped

  Oh, this is a shock: Florida State officials are totally embarrassing themselves over yet another scandal involving their football program. It’s the same old drill around Tallahassee. It involves doing whatever it takes to protect the likeable Saint Bobby, no matter how silly you look.

  This time, those Florida State officials say it is unfair for the NCAA to unleash penalties that will strip away 10 victories from Bobby Bowden in his quest to become college football’s all-time winningest coach at the Division 1-A level.

  Those Florida State officials are contemplating an appeal.


  According to an NCAA investigation, a slew of Bowden’s players were among the 61 Florida State athletes in 10 sports who cheated on an online test from the fall of 2006 through the summer of 2007. That’s right, 61! The cheating involved staffers in the Florida State athletics department providing athletes with answers to the test and typing their papers.

  Come to think of it, those Florida State officials are right. Bowden shouldn’t have been stripped 10 games. It should have been more than that for negligence.

  Hopefully, NCAA officials won’t do the wrong thing and become like all of those other suckers through the years. You’ve seen the drill. Any time Florida State football players get into trouble, Bowden strings together a few one-liners and dadgums, and everything is forgiven through a lot of chuckling.

  Remember Free Shoes University?

  Once, there was Bowden’s long silence after safety Derrick Gibson was arrested and charged with soliciting an undercover policewoman for sex. You also had crazy stuff involving Peter Warrick, Laveranues Coles and others.

  Most famously, you had Sebastian Janikowski, always a controversy waiting to happen as a placekicker. He was associated with everything from barroom fights to charges of trying to bribe a police officer to a cheating scandal around one of his final exams.

  Anyway, before a Sugar Bowl involving Janikowski’s Seminoles, Bowden boldly said that any of his players violating curfew would not play. Janikowski violated curfew, but he played.

  The reason? Bowden tossed out a few dadgums before saying of the Poland native, “We have a Warsaw rule that if he’s breathing and alive, he will kick off in the game.”

  Everybody laughed. A few months later, Janikowski was arrested and charged by Florida State police for possessing a date-rape drug. That laughter stopped for a while, but it kept returning through the years around Bowden, a prolific coach but a pitiful cop for the Seminoles.

  So it’s time for somebody to save Bowden from himself, which somebody (the NCAA) is trying to do — if Florida State officials just get out of the way.

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April 20th, 2009
11:52 am

Enjoy your heaping helping of schadenfreude, Terrence Moore. Bobby Bowden has done more things for more people in his career than you or any of these other pilers-on will ever do in your miserable lives. You live to criticize, to tear down, and publicly humiliate all that you see fit, and that’s why no one takes you seriously. The squeaky wheel in this case gets ignored, as you should be. If we all ignore you, maybe you’ll go away, back under the rock you crawled out from under.


April 2nd, 2009
10:56 am

To all those posters who feel FSU got what they deserve. I suppose if an employee at your jobsite was busted for stealing from the company it would be ok to deduct a fine from not only him but your and other coworkers paycheck.Would that be fair to you??? Would you not cry and complain? What these boys did was wrong. But why should Bobby be punished as he was unaware of the acts. Or Myron Rolle, who won a Rhodes scholarship. Is it fair to them??? Or any of the other fine students and players who don’t cheat? Other posters have said this happens at many schools. They are right. The answer doesn’t lie in punishing the innocent players for what some other players have done. The answer lies within the NCAA. The players involved should have their careers taken from them. And especially their scholarships. But the innocent players should not be punished.


March 20th, 2009
8:29 am

Its more about the track team’s 2 nat. championships than the 14 wins for Bobby.

How convenient that everyone completely overlooks that so they can bash Bowden.


March 14th, 2009
8:34 pm

you could easily replace Florida State with the University of Georgia and have essentially the same article… wonder how many arrests will be made in Athens this year… or how many charges will be dropped because a Dawg is in trouble..

Adam Earls

March 14th, 2009
11:59 am

JIMNPSU, if FSU had not self reported every “hater” in the country would be crying and talking junk. when you are as hated as FSU it doesn’t matter what you do, there will always be that group of people that will try to nit pick and be negative.

get a life.

Adam Earls

March 14th, 2009
11:56 am