Bowden has no regrets over wife speaking out

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Throughout the whole slightly uncomfortable circus that was Bobby Bowden‘s final season at Florida State, there was one prominent supporter of the legendary coach who didn’t shy away from a microphone.

From practically daring the school to fire her husband to lambasting a “disrespectful” longtime booster, Ann Bowden fervently stood behind her man.

Now that the end is in sight, and his career quickly coming to a close — sooner than he’d hoped, no doubt — the Seminoles coach admits that he didn’t want his wife talking to the media, but he has no regrets that she did.

“She wasn’t going to talk to the media, and I got [an FSU sports information official] to call and tell her don’t discuss the retirement,” Bowden said. “I think it was unfair to get her to talk like that, but I’ve never tried to tell her what to say.

“She’s going to take up for her family … me, Jeff, Terry, Tommy. I’ve never seen a woman more committed to her family as she is.”

In the couple’s talk with the Florida Times-Union, Ann Bowden continued to show her distaste and disdain for Jim “Mr. FSU” Smith, the prominent booster who likened the whole coaching situation to putting down a favorite dog.

“One of the boosters [Jim Smith] said that he loved Bobby Bowden, but he loved FSU more,” she said. “Well, that goes two ways. I love FSU, but I love my husband more. I didn’t do anything for Bobby that any wife who loved her husband wouldn’t have done.”

Ann Bowden also laments, like her husband, that Coach Bowden didn’t get one more season to go out on his own terms.  

“He had a lot of seniors coming, back, especially Bobby’s quarterback [Christian Ponder], and he wanted the chance to coach them one more time,” she said. “But now that we know he won’t, we at least know what’s going to happen. I think Bobby will be sad about the week of the game. To me, it will be a relief.”

Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt named son after former Tide linebackers Reuben Foster and Ryan Anderson

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It is not at all uncommon for children born in the state of Alabama to be named after Alabama football legends, but it is not every day you see a child of an Alabama coach receives a name inspired by former Alabama football players.

Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt announced the birth of his new son, Flynt Anderson-Foster Pruitt, on Twitter. Alabama fans will likely already know the connection to the new child’s name, as used the last names of two former Alabama football players to create the middle name of Anderson-Foster; Ryan Anderson and Reuben Foster.

Maybe this is more common than I’m aware of, but regardless of how often a coach names a child after former players, this is a testament to the relationship the Pruitt family established with both former Alabama linebackers. And now there will be a bond for years to come between the coach and his family and Anderson and Foster.

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Wisconsin’s season tickets for 100th anniversary of Camp Randall are a thing of beauty

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The Wisconsin Badgers are gearing up for their 100th season playing home football game sin Camp Randall Stadium. As part of the season-long celebration, Wisconsin put some brilliant artistic detail into their season tickets for the 2017 season.

Each ticket to a home Wisconsin game is designed like a retro-style program. These are beautifully done and mimic the style of a program cover from decades past. I’m particularly fond of the program cover for the Purdue game, which features Wisconsin’s Bucky floating in space with a ship with the Purdue logo nearby. Is that a space train? The Band Day program for the game against Florida Atlantic also looks fantastic.

These tickets will surely be must-have collectibles for Wisconsin fans. If Wisconsin wants to make a few extra bucks, then blowing up these images and selling them as posters may be a good decision as well. And I wouldn’t put it past Wisconsin to suit up in a retro-style uniform for at least home game this season in Madison.

Stanford schedules 2018 game against FCS UC Davis

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Let this post serve as your annual reminder that Notre Dame, UCLA and USC remain the only FBS programs who have never played a game against or scheduled a game with a team from the FCS/Div. 1-AA.

In that vein, Stanford announced Wednesday that it has scheduled a 2018 game against UC Davis.  That game will, of course, be played at the Cardinal’s football home, Stanford Stadium, on Sept. 15 of that year.

The two football programs have met three times previously, the last coming in 2014.  The Cardinal holds a 2-1 advantage in the miniseries, with the lone loss coming back in 2005

In addition to the game against the FCS program, Stanford also has 2018 non-conference games scheduled with San Diego State, at home, and Notre Dame, in South Bend.  Their Pac-12 schedule that season consists of home games against Oregon State, USC, Utah, and Washington State as well as road trips to Arizona State, California, Oregon, UCLA, and Washington.

Other future non-conference games, with the annual rivalry game versus Notre Dame a given, include Boston College, BYU, Kansas State, Northwestern, TCU and Vanderbilt.

Starting slotback leaves Army for Elon

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Even as Tyler Campbell seemed determined to transfer from the Army football program, head coach Jeff Monken had held out hope that the starting slotback would reverse course and return to the service academy.  In the end, that hope proved futile.

According to Sal Interdonato of HudsonValley.com, Campbell has followed through with his departure plans and has transferred to Elon.  As the Phoenix play at the FCS level, Campbell will be eligible to play immediately in 2017.

A third-year junior, Campbell will have two seasons of eligibility at his disposal.

Last season, Campbell started 11 of the 13 games in which he played.  He ran for 326 yards on 34 carries — his 9.6 yards per carry was tops on the Black Knights — while adding another 71 yards on a pair of receptions.  He saved his best for last, rushing for a career-high 88 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown, in the Heart of Dallas Bowl win over North Texas.

While in the offensive backfield at Army, he’ll play in the defensive backfield at Elon as he’s currently listed as a cornerback for the Phoenix.