Wrong. Joe Paterno is #1

Say what you want to, but the old man has won more games than everyone else listed here.

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Nov 04, 2008
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It's not even a contest....
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And somehow he managed to do it without any "SEC-type speed" players*. And actually require his players to attend classes.



(*note sarcasm)

Dec 12, 2008
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Two Words:
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Graduation Rate

Aug 03, 2010
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The Bear had Paterno's number, but...
by: Anonymous

Paterno lost to the Bear. But, Paterno may have something that the Bear did not: respect for higher education beyond football. If you are just looking for W's, look at the USC program of today, the Miami program of the 80's, or why not skip college all together and watch only the NFL -- where people get away with murder.

For me, I value more than talent, I value some level of honor which is lost in most programs today. But, again, if you just want to win, then you should have worked for Enron while you had your chance, where the exec's figured how to win at any cost -- and where are they now?


Jul 26, 2011
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Tough Teams
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Joe Paterno coached half his career in the Independent League where he was matched up against powerhouse teams like Rutgers and Syracuse. Had he been in the Big 10 for his entire career do you think he would still have the number of wins he has? Highly doubtful. Also, Paterno will continue coaching until he dies just to put a little more distance between the next guy in the number of wins. Bryant faced mandatory retirement. People like Paterno, Stagg and even Eddie Robinson who continue coaching forever just to rack up a few more wins aren't the best. It's not the numbers, it's the quality of the teams you beat and your win/loss percentage. Bryant beat the best teams in the country and beat them consistently. Paterno beat mostly below average teams for half his career and, even in the Big 10, only faces two or three teams a year that are truly good. How many times has he been to the Rose Bowl as Big 10 champ since he moved there?

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