They exist to accurately reflect what happened.
The NCAA is a huge organization with access to all kinds of resources. With help from each school, the records easily could be updated.
OSU has not updated its school records to count bowl games, which is a mistake. Oklahoma State media relations director Kevin Klintworth, who has been on the job barely a year, said that task is on his to-do list but is not a priority, since it would make no difference in the NCAA record book.
Other schools have updated their records to count bowl games. For instance, Billy Sims jumped Joe Washington as the leading rusher in Oklahoma history.
Klintworth said he thinks bowl games should count but should be retroactive. An NCAA official told Klintworth that even if Smith busts 2,628 (Sanders' pre-bowl total), Sanders would be noted in the record book for his 11-game total.
"Now what you have is a record book full of asterisks,” Klintworth said.
Maybe the Liberty Bowl will make this discussion moot. But Barry Sanders shouldn't have to rely on Mississippi State.