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Bobby Bowden: "Take Down The Joe Paterno Statue"

Legendary Florida State head football coach Bobby Bowden told the Open Mike program on 740-AM in Orlando that the Joe Paterno statue on Penn State's campus should come down, though with a unique and somewhat-compelling argument.

We've put together some of the more interesting parts of the interview above, though we encourage you to listen to the entire conversation here. Bowden's argument for removing the statue has little to do with Paterno himself; instead, he points out that it will only serve to start conversations about the scandal and as a target for television cameras. Bowden explains that with an administration and coaching staff entirely removed from the mistakes of the Paterno era, they need to put up an "iron curtain" with the past and move on; moving on would, thus, be hindered by that rather prominent reminder.

The rebuttal to this, of course, is that we should never forget the terrible acts that occurred and those who sought to cover them up. Have a different opinion? Let us know in the comments.

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