Sadly, a vehicular tragedy has hit the Bowden family for the second time in a decade and the Akron football family for the second time in less than a week.
The Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff Department confirmed Friday night that Taylor Jeffrey “T.J.” Bowden was one of two males killed in a car accident very early Thursday morning. A third passenger in the vehicle miraculously survived after the vehicle in which the three males, all between the ages of 22 and 25, were riding plunged into a creek and was not found for several hours.
The accident occurred at 2 a.m. ET after the three had left a Winter Haven bar. A sheriff’s spokesperson stated that investigators believe alcohol and speed were a factor in the crash, although toxicology reports on the driver will be needed to make the former determination. The driver, authorities said, was 25-year-old Rafael Fernandes De Aguiar Valim.
The 23-year-old Bowden is the grandson of Florida State coaching legend Bobby Bowden. He’s also the son of Akron assistant coach Jeff Bowden (pictured). His uncle, Terry Bowden, is the head coach of the Zips.
“I can’t express the grief I feel right now,” Jeff Bowden said in a statement. “Please keep us in your prayers.”
“Our whole family had just celebrated Christmas together in Panama City, as well as celebrated T.J.’s graduation from Florida State just three weeks ago,” Bobby Bowden said in a statement that was released through the University of Akron. “We will cherish those last memories together with T.J. forever.”
Earlier this week, Akron offensive line coach Alan “Tank” Arrington died as a result of injuries sustained in a two-car accident in Mississippi.
In 2004, 15-year-old Bowden Madden, Bobby Bowden’s grandson, along with the ex-FSU head coach’s son-in-law were killed in a car accident in Tallahassee.
How about we start off the morning with something positive for a change?
As the Bowling Green caravan was driving back from Saturday’s game against Buffalo, a woman in front of the school’s four bus swerved and her vehicle hit the center divider on the Interstate in Northeast Ohio. Shortly thereafter, the vehicle burst into flames.
That’s when Dino Babers, BGSU’s head coach, and trainer Chelsea Lowe jumped into action. From the Toledo Blade:
The bus driver asked for permission to stop the bus, and I gave it to him — but I told him not to stop the other three buses,” Babers said. “Then he asked to go check out the car and see if the driver was hurt.
“I told him no, because if he was hurt there wouldn’t be anyone to drive the bus home.”
So that first BG bus, which was unaffected by the crash, stopped a short distance away, and Babers and Lowe went to the car.
“The closer we got to the car, the clearer we could see smoke billowing,” Lowe said. “We knew whoever was in the car wasn’t just going to walk away and have everything be OK.
Baber and Lowe were able to pull the 25-year-old woman away from the vehicle, and stayed with her until police and fire personnel arrived on the scene. The coach was even able to go back to the burning vehicle and retrieve the woman’s purse and keys.
As for Babers motivation in acting the way he did, read the Blade‘s account of the incident. It’ll be well worth your time.
For those looking for a change under center Between the Hedges, think again.
In Georgia’s first loss Saturday, Alabama harassed and harangued Greyson Lambert into a miserable day. The Virginia graduate transfer completed just 10-of-24 passes for 86 yards and an interception in the rain-soaked 38-10 home beatdown.
While some wondered whether UGA would pull the trigger and promote backup Brice Ramsey for the Week 6 game against Tennessee, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer indicated that no change at the position is on the horizon — and that Ramsey would still get his opportunities.
“It’s no secret we plan on playing Brice in every game,” Schottenheimer said. “Greyson doesn’t need to look over his shoulder because Brice is going to play. …
“We believe in competition. Greyson doesn’t need to go look over his shoulder in terms of who is starting the game. He needs to worry about moving the team. He knows Brice is going to come in at some point. Nothing has changed. The rotation is what it is.”
If you were just going off the most recent tape, Ramsey’s play actually made it an easy decision for the staff to stick with status quo. Inserted in an attempt to breathe some life into a limp offense, Ramsey completed 3-of-6 passes, although two of those completions went to Tide defenders.