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Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, who spent nearly a decade battling former Penn State coach Joe Paterno for the most victories in NCAA Division I history, said he was saddened by Paterno’s death on Sunday morning.
Bowden said he learned of Paterno’s death from lung cancer after returning to his home in Tallahassee, Fla. Bowden, 82, coached in the Battle of Florida All-Star Game in Boca Raton, Fla., on Saturday night.
“I hated to hear it,” Bowden said. “It is really sad. The guy had the most illustrious career in the history of college football, probably all of football. To put the years together and have the success he had and then have it all end like this, it’s just tragic. I’m just going to remember the good things because he did so many good things at Penn State.”