March 9, 2009

Just how many wins does Bowden have?

As part of the probation imposed on Florida State by the NCAA last week, the school was ordered to vacate wins in which ineligible athletes participated. That could include 14 football victories in 2006 and '07.

School president T.K. Wetherell and athletic director Randy Spetman were upset with the "vacate" notice, as both contended that the school didn't knowingly play any ineligible athletes and that as soon as the school knew of a problem, an athlete was declared ineligible.

FSU coach Bobby Bowden is one win behind Penn State's Joe Paterno on the all-time major college victory list. Even if the wins are vacated, there is precedent for the NCAA to later reverse that ruling, as in the Rhett Bomar/Oklahoma case from earlier this decade.

Should I-AA wins count?
Speaking of the wins record, the Texas spring football guide just arrived all 308 pages of it. On the back of the guide is a chart listing the "NCAA Active Victory Leaders," with Paterno and Bowden first and second, followed by Texas' Mack Brown.

Upon close scrutiny, one notices that Bowden is 32 wins behind Paterno, not one. Upon even closer scrutiny, one notices a line saying "Record at FBS [i.e., Division I-A] schools only." Bowden got 31 of his wins at Howard, which now is known as Samford and Samford is a FCS (i.e., Division I-AA) school.

Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer would be ahead of Brown, but Beamer began his career at Murray State (also a FCS school), and when the Murray State victories are removed, Brown moves into third.

Akron coach goes on offensive
Akron coach J.D. Brookhart has put together quite the interesting offensive staff.

Brookhart is known for his offensive acumen, and he has added former Miami University coach Shane Montgomery as his offensive coordinator and former Pitt and Stanford coach Walt Harris as his quarterback coach and passing game coordinator.

Brookhart used to work for Harris at Pitt, and Miami was known for some powerful offenses when Montgomery was the RedHawks' offensive coordinator.

Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for He can be heard on Rivals Radio every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. ET and can be reached at

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