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Bobby Bowden finally making his return to FSU

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Bobby Bowden hasn’t returned to Florida State’s Doak Campbell Stadium, and the field bearing his name, since his final home game in 2009.

That’ll change this season. FSU announced this morning that Bowden will be on the field for home games against North Carolina State (Oct. 26) and new ACC member Syracuse  (Nov. 16) as part of a 20th anniversary celebration of Florida State’s 1993 national title.

“What Bobby Bowden means to Florida State University cannot be measured or overstated,” said President Eric J. Barron in a statement. “Words like respect, sincerity, class, honesty, charm and humor come to mind, along with his remarkable 33-year stellar record coaching our football team. We look forward with much enthusiasm and excitement to his return to the FSU campus.”

Bowden’s departure from the Seminoles was an awkward one, as he pushed out the door in 2009 after 33 years in favor of then-offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher. The whole situation has been somewhat of a sore subject for the Bowden family ever since.

But it’s good to see Bowden back at the place he coached for over three decades, winning a pair of national titles in the process.

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15 Responses to “Bobby Bowden finally making his return to FSU”
  1. southernpatriots says: Apr 26, 2013 2:23 PM

    I am glad to see that some healing has happened and that Bobby Bowden will be back on the field named for him this upcoming season. It will be met with great enthusiasm by attended Seminoles. Most fans will be willing to remember the good times.

  2. mgavin78 says: Apr 26, 2013 4:10 PM

    Go canes !!!

  3. jimbo75025 says: Apr 26, 2013 4:31 PM

    Good for FSU. Despite everything, Bowden is a great ambassador for college football. I am curious though if in hindsight FSU fans would have supported the same decision in 2009 given how the four years under Jimbo F have gone. Seems every year we constantly hear how FSU is “back”, but it never materializes.

  4. vols84 says: Apr 26, 2013 4:39 PM

    Miss the days of ole Bobby at Free Shoes University and the Ole Ball Coach at Florida.

  5. russellbandingo says: Apr 26, 2013 5:19 PM

    Bobby Bowden is the greatest coach in college football history. He built fsu from a women’s college into a powerhouse, and the whole time off the field in his spare time he helped children , unlike those dirty pedos at Penn St.

  6. darkbluegarage says: Apr 26, 2013 6:13 PM

    Thank you Alabama for producing yet another “greatest coach in college football history”!
    I suppose we can put him up there near Bryant and Saban.

  7. jimbo75025 says: Apr 27, 2013 5:51 AM

    vols84 says:Apr 26, 2013 4:39 PM

    Miss the days of ole Bobby at Free Shoes University and the Ole Ball Coach at Florida.
    Yes, the 80’s-90’s were a much more entertaining time in college football from a personality standpoint. Anymore, Les Miles seems to be the only big time coach who it would probably be fun to have a beer with.

  8. alligatorsnapper says: Apr 27, 2013 7:49 AM


    Don’t forget Leach! No wonder Spurrier and Miles get along so well. When they talk they are cracking one liners and sly comments concerning the SEC and NCAA (a few interns overheard them…ha!) And of course, his players respect and love him because they know he really does have their best interests in mind, even with some who left early from this team.

    When the LSU players made their desire to go in the draft and/or walk-ons and Miles spoke with all of them at length. When they brought up their family situation…how their family was suffering and really needed to move to a better neighborhood to get younger brothers and sisters out of the drugs and violence, Miles got behind them fully and helped them through his many contacts to have interviews and try outs with various NFL teams. (a shout out to the patriarch of southernpatriots who gained much of this info through his contacts…thanks doc!)

  9. jimbo75025 says: Apr 27, 2013 2:25 PM


    Good addition on Leach. Hell, I would buy him a few rounds just to hear him go off on Craig James.

  10. alligatorsnapper says: Apr 27, 2013 2:48 PM


    Ha. I would too…and I believe Leach would take us up on it, without much encouragement….ha.
    (he certainly has a case there!)

  11. vols84 says: Apr 27, 2013 9:03 PM

    Yes, I love the Pirate. Leach is a crazy SOB

  12. tigersgeaux says: Apr 27, 2013 10:13 PM


    You sure said the truth…He has something unexpected to say!

  13. lakesidegator says: Apr 29, 2013 9:27 AM

    Bowden brings words like these to mind: fake, insincere, hokey….

  14. florida727 says: Apr 30, 2013 9:48 AM

    #lakesidegator, your ignorance clearly indicates that you’ve never met the man. I have. I’m a diehard Gator fan, but I absolutely love Bobby Bowden and have nothing but respect for him. He epitomizes what’s good and right about college football. If I were an FSU fan, you’d have to peal me off the ceiling after hearing this news that he’s returning to Doak Campbell. Congratulations, ‘Noles fans. You deserve this. Except for November 30th in Gainesville, I’ll be rooting for you guys :)

  15. lakesidegator says: Apr 30, 2013 3:10 PM

    You mean he’s different in person? I’ve seen enough & read enough of Ole Granddaddy to come to my own opinion, notwithstanding that it’s different from yours & others, yet the same as other folks I know. For you to conclude that it means I and others are “ignorant” kinda shows yours.

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