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Bobby Bowden on return: ‘they asked me and I went along with it’

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Last week Florida State confirmed that legendary former Seminoles head coach Bobby Bowden will be returning to Doak Campbell Stadium for the first time since he was unceremoniously forced out in 2009.

For the first time since that announcement nearly two weeks ago, Bowden has addressed why he finally decided to return home after being away for nearly for years.

First and foremost, it’s what Bowden has stated on numerous occasions in the past.  He simply wanted to give his successor, Jimbo Fisher, some space sans his legendary shadow looming over the rebuilding of the FSU program.

From Bowden’s conversation with the Tallahassee Democrat:

“I just have not been in a hurry to get back,” Bowden said.

“I really wanted to give Jimbo some space. I know what it’s like to have somebody looking over your shoulder, everyone comparing, everybody saying, ‘Why don’t you do it this way?’

“I know it’s best for the head coach to leave town, if he’s been there a long time. If I had only been there three or four years, it wouldn’t have made any difference.”

The other reason for his decision to return?  It’s pure dadgum Bowden.

“The university wanted to do it, they asked me and I went along with it,” Bowden flatly stated to the Democrat.

The 83-year-old Bowden will actually make two returning trips to the field named his honor and was a big part of his 377 career wins, the most ever at the FBS level.  The first will come Oct. 26 during a game against North Carolina State.  The second, Nov. 16 vs. Syracuse, will be a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the school’s first national championship team.

The October return will come a year and a half after it was announced Bowden would be returning as part of the 2012 class of FSU’s Hall of Fame.

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9 Responses to “Bobby Bowden on return: ‘they asked me and I went along with it’”
  1. floridacock says: May 7, 2013 5:42 PM


  2. alligatorsnapper says: May 7, 2013 8:31 PM

    floridacock said it well, “good.” It makes me feel good as well to see Bobby back on the field named after him and remembering. That is good and fun.

  3. seamus0317 says: May 7, 2013 8:52 PM

    The man is a class act dadgummit!

  4. chachooga says: May 7, 2013 8:54 PM

    As an FSU alum from 2001, graduating the year we played for the National Title for the third straight year (we only won once)….Bobby Bowden got hosed. I wouldn’t care to what level of disrespect he shows current University leadership, they should sit their and take it.

    I wouldn’t have cared if he took us through a couple more 7-6 and 6-7 seasons…..HE DESERVED TO LEAVE WHEN HE WANTED.

    Love Bobby! Love the Noles!!!! Jimbo has got us going again in a great direction!!!

  5. dawglb says: May 8, 2013 1:28 AM

    The man is all class. It is a shame that he is so misunderstood (unknown) around the country.

  6. trick321 says: May 8, 2013 9:17 AM

    All class? Do any of you remember the 1990s by any chance??? Bowden (aka Red Beaulieu) used to come across so sleezy it made my skin crawl. I will say he comes across as a much more charming fellow nowadays though.

  7. eagleswineagleswin says: May 8, 2013 1:26 PM

    He was one of the biggest cheats in the state and that is saying something

  8. grudenthediva says: May 9, 2013 1:05 AM



  9. eagleswineagleswin says: May 9, 2013 3:15 PM

    Grudenthediva: you must be a genius

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