However on Friday, he said there are competing desires in getting to the bottom of the truth behind UNC's football probe.
Bowles says there is a conflict between wanting to do a thorough job of getting to the truth and a desire to make a quick decision to put players back on the field and move on.
Hannah Gage, the chair of the UNC Board of Governors also said the scandal has been frustrating, because many in the public think her board should do something. But she says she thinks Thorp is the right person to lead the probe.
Thorp said Thursday that the NCAA probe could take up to a year to complete.
In the meantime, Bowles' last day as UNC system president is December 31. He announced earlier this year that he is retiring.