I believe in Bobby Bowden.
I believe he is a remarkable coach, one of the greatest college football has ever known. I believe he is a kind and decent man. I believe he deserves a world of credit for raising the profile of Florida State University.
And I will believe it forever, no matter how many victories are listed beside his name in the record book.
The possibility the NCAA will strip as many as 14 victories from Bowden’s record does not change my opinion in the least. The probability that Joe Paterno will finish ahead of Bowden on the all-time wins list will not convince me that either man was somehow superior to the other.