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Grambling's Eddie Robinson Back on Top

Loose Ball: With Penn State's penalty, the late Robinson regains the record for most wins by a Division I coach.

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We don't know if that had any bearing on the NCAA's decision. Regardless, Bowden isn't thrilled with the turn of events. He said that the unprecedented punishment that vaulted him to the top of the FBS wins list "cannot replace those boys who were molested ... I didn't want it to happen like this," said Bowden, 82. "Wish I could have earned it, but that's the way it is."

It's unlikely that anyone will ever surpass Robinson's Division I record of 408 victories. The all-time college wins record appears even safer. It's held by 85-year-old John Gagliardi, coach of Division III's St. John's of Minnesota, who has 484 victories and counting.

Due to the malfeasance at Penn State, Bowden now can claim a record. That's fair enough.

Just remember that in the same fell swoop, Robinson reclaimed his former record.

Deron Snyder's Loose Ball column appears regularly on The Root. Follow him on Twitter and reach him at BlackDoor Ventures, Inc.

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Based in Washington, D.C., Deron Snyder is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience, previously serving as a columnist, editorial writer and reporter with several Gannett publications. His sports column appears in the Washington Times. Follow him on Twitter.

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