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Bobby Bowden to return to Doak Campbell for opener

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For the first time since he was unceremoniously shown the door following the 2009 season, Bobby Bowden will return to the dadgum field on which he transformed Florida State into a national football power and still bears his name.

In a release, Florida State announced that Bowden is one of seven former FSU athletes or coaches who will be inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony, which will include former FSU quarterback Danny Kanell, will take place Aug. 31.

The next day, the legendary coach will be in attendance at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium as the Seminoles open the 2012 season against Murray State.  Bowden’s name was added to the 60-year-old stadium in 2004 during the Year 29 of his 34-year run as FSU’s head coach.

As noted via Twitter by Ira Schoffel of the Tallahassee Democrat, putting Bowden into FSU’s Hall of Fame is something the school has wanted to do for the past two years.  However, Schoffel wrote, Bowden “really didn’t want to do it and overshadow” his replacement, Jimbo Fisher, and the stamp he’s attempting to put on the program.

Of course, how Bowden was dumped and the very critical and unwarranted comments that led up to said dumping likely played a role in the coach not wanting to immediately embrace his former employer as well.

Regardless of the whys and hows of his departure, seeing Bowden on that field once again after nearly three years away will likely be one of the more emotional moments of the upcoming season.

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17 Responses to “Bobby Bowden to return to Doak Campbell for opener”
  1. helenh777 says: Mar 8, 2012 5:53 PM

    Maybe more people will come and pay to see FSU play Murray State because Boby Bowden will be there.
    Maybe they should talk him into coming to all of their home games. Savannah State is not the only game they are playing that noone would want to see. None of their home games are against great schools. I can understand why people may want to see you play Florida, even though they are down. But, why would anyone pay to see you play Wake Forest, Boston College or Duke. You can’t blame West Virginia for them.
    Why don’t you try to get West Virginia to play you next year in your back yard. That way no harm at all will be done. Just delay the loss for a year.

  2. thegonz13 says: Mar 8, 2012 9:13 PM

    This is the closest Danny Kannel will ever come to a Hall of Fame.

    What… Scott “Wide Right” Bentley wasn’t available?

  3. freemantowilliams says: Mar 9, 2012 11:34 AM


    If you think West Vagina can beat FSU then youre crazy.

  4. olemandan95 says: Mar 9, 2012 1:22 PM

    I’m glad that FSU decided to reach out to ‘Daddy’…
    Bobby Bowden built the FSU brand.

    If FSU is smart they will have Bowden in the booth for all home games.
    Bowden will be welcomed at ALABAMA home games.
    (What might have been…)

  5. helenh777 says: Mar 9, 2012 1:52 PM

    I truly wish we had been able to play FSU this year, but everyone knows we are the better team.
    You lost your greatness when you did what you did to Bobby Bowden. You were not any good before he came and you are not any good now. Just a has been.
    Olemandan95: Bobby Bowden will always be welcome at WVA also. Anytime, any place.

  6. seminole83 says: Mar 9, 2012 4:25 PM

    Hey everyone! Just clear up a few things for me…WVU backed out of their contractual commitment with FSU very late in the “game” and FSU has to pick up a lower level team.
    Then WV fans critique FSU for scrambling to replace the hole WVU left.
    I will listen to criticism from any modern day program that has been extremely patient with a decade of signficant decline with any coach, even a legend.
    I discount any program that had less distance to fall, and was patient for fewer years, and ran that same coach out of Morganton by burning his effigy (check your history before typing away).
    The blame for the way that was handled was 10% FSU, 60% Anne Bowden, and the rest good ol’ Bobby!

  7. helenh777 says: Mar 9, 2012 5:33 PM

    The only coach to come close to Bobby Bowden was The Bear. You surely aren’t comparing anyone else are you??? How stupid that would be.
    I believe we do have a great coach now and I just hope he stays as long and does as well as Coach Bowden. That’s one of those “I have a dream”

  8. helenh777 says: Mar 9, 2012 5:41 PM

    Oh by the way did you replace the hole WVA left with Murray State, Wake Forest, Boston College and Duke? You aren’t playing anyone this year. You could win all your games and not do anything. First you say WVA was a great team that left a hole in your schedule and then you say there is no way we could have beaten you. Which way is it? I can not believe any Judge could hold a straight face, if they looked at your schedule, and rule in your favor. No one could believe WVA left only one hole in your schedule.
    Also, every team has two weeks off during the season, so you had three weeks to schedule a better team.

  9. helenh777 says: Mar 9, 2012 5:43 PM

    Miss spelling our name does not make us look stupid, it makes you look stupid.

  10. seminole83 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:05 PM

    I have not said anything about who would have won had West Virginia (did I spell it right?) kept their commitment to play FSU this year. I do find it strange that anyone that is a West Virginia fan could forget the way ol’ Bobby was run out of their town back in the 70’s.
    Time heals all wounds. It has apparently healed those wounds from WV and the healing is beginning for FSU, who BB did put on the map, and for BB himself.
    By the way, when you are in a conference, you play teams in your conference, regardless of whether they have a strong team, so this would explain Boston College, Wake Forest, and Duke.
    I don’t like how FSU’s schedule stacks up either, but I love my school and am proud of it and of Coach Bowden!

  11. chachooga says: Mar 9, 2012 7:26 PM

    I am an FSU Grad. I know we were losing and Bowden’s staff was full of has beens that didn’t wanna go….but I still feel this today. It was wrong to force him out. Even if we were to lose Jimbo, it was wrong. The potential of one coach no matter how promising, and still not completely proven, is and was not enough for me to ditch the guy who made FSU a powerhouse and a household name in college football.

    Bobby Bowden made FSU what it is. It is a shame the way they let it end.

    Go Noles.

  12. helenh777 says: Mar 9, 2012 9:22 PM

    It is truly funny how you have to play the teams in your conference no matter how good they are and we should not say anything. However, all the time WVA was in the Big East that is all we heard from everyone outside the conference. In fact they are still running the Big East down. When we won all our games we were told we were not as good as you because we had only played people in the Big East. We were told we had no chance of beating Georgia, Georgia Tech, or Clemson. Guess what, what goes around comes around. You are down and so is the ACC. So now you can just live with it the way we did.
    Sueing us will not make your conference better. Losing us this year did not lose you any money. You make money playing Duke then you can make money playing Savannah State. By the way I have a lot of family members who graduated from FSU. At one time I rooted like crazy for them. But I got tired of hearing how all mountaineers are stupid, and I really hated what you did to Coach Bowden. He did not do the same for us as he did for you. He loved you. He did not love us and he did not wish to stay with us. He wanted to come to your school where he could make a name for himself. We would have never made a name for ourselves staying in the Big East. We had to move. We could not play you this year. Maybe you should sue the Big East. If they had not hung on like a bunch of crying babies we would have been out of there sooner. After all they could not kidnap us. I also graduated from a school in Florida. I was born in WVA and I still love them. Once a mountaineer, always a mountaineer. Anyway the school I graduated from does not have football.

  13. showerswithsandusky says: Mar 10, 2012 1:13 AM

    Never cared much for Bobby as a coach or human being. His southern gentleman act got old. Over rated coach. Should’ve been fired over 10+ years ago. But on the positive side he didn’t run/facilitate a “bath house” in the FSU locker room . At least I don’t think he did.

  14. helenh777 says: Mar 10, 2012 7:21 AM

    The name you use and the things you say puts you at the same level as Sandusky. You talk with forked tongue and you will pay for that. What you do not know you talk about. You have no idea what that gentleman did or did not do, but that stops you not.

  15. lakesidegator says: Mar 12, 2012 2:15 PM

    helenh777, have you ever thought that you might have too much time on your hands?

  16. helenh777 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:25 PM

    lakesidegator: I seem to have no more time than you do. However, when you get my age you can retire also. Then you can have a large garden, keep the house clean and do what ever you want with your free time.
    If you are not retired are you doing this while at work?

  17. lakesidegator says: Mar 13, 2012 5:54 PM

    Hi, helenh777 — I guess what prompted my question was the number of posts that you made on this thread compared to the others. Since you explain the retirement deal, I get it. BTW, the day after I closed down my law practice, I took a public service job, working 80% of full time. I get on these sites during the other 20% and from home. Good luck with that garden.

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