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Paterno supports Bowden

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Joe Paterno doesn't think FSU coach Bobby Bowden deserves to be stripped of up to 14 wins for the Seminoles' academic cheating scandal, according to a recent interview Paterno had with the Reading Eagle.

It's nice to see Paterno taking this stance. At the heart of the matter is the race between these legendary coaches, and to see it end prematurely would be a huge loss for the sport and its fans. Paterno is also a fierce competitor, and I'd imagine he'd rather earn his title as college football's winningest coach than have the NCAA hand it to him.

But it's not surprising to learn Paterno has taken this stance. After all, he's just like Bowden -- too far removed from everything to strike any fear into the hearts of his players.