For decades, Florida State and Virginia Tech had the kind of coaching stability that is increasingly rare in college football. Bobby Bowden and Frank Beamer coached at Florida State and Virginia Tech, respectively, for a combined total of 63 seasons and accumulated a combined record of 553-219-6 as two of college football’s all-time winningest coaches. With Florida State and Virginia Tech set to open the 2018 season in an ACC game in Week 1 (September 3), the two coaching icons from the two schools will serve as honorary captains for the game.
“I am honored that Coach Bowden accepted our offer to be the honorary captain for our first game at Florida State,” Florida State head coach Willie Taggart said in a released statement. “Growing up, I admired Coach Bowden for his success on the field as well as his passion for changing the lives of young men, and I could not think of a greater vote of confidence than having him on the field for our first game. This is also a great opportunity for our fans to show their appreciation to Coach Bowden and adds to what will surely be a fantastic atmosphere on Labor Day night.”
Bowden and Beamer have coached against each other on a handful of occasions, including the 2000 Sugar Bowl for the BCS National Championship and an ACC Championship Game after the Hokies left the Big East for the ACC. Bowden led the coaching matchup with a record of 8-1, including victories in the BCS National Championship Game and the 2005 ACC Championship Game.
Legendary college football coach Bobby Bowden was released form a hospital in Tallahassee on Wednesday a day after having a pacemaker installed.
Bowden, 87, was taken to a hospital in Tallahassee on Friday after a case of dehydration and nausea from antibiotics for a swollen salivary gland, according to The Tallahassee Democrat. During his stay in the hospital over the weekend, it was discovered Bowden was in need of a pacemaker.
“My heart (beat) had gotten so low, they had never seen it that low on me,” Bowden said. “That pacemaker will help solve that. I hope I get to feeling better and I think I am going to be much stronger now. It will mess me up for a little bit, but I hope it solves everything.”
Bowden still seems to have a sense of humor, lamenting the fact he has to give up swinging a few golf clubs, but at least he continues to live life to the fullest.
Last week former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden created a bit of a stir with his comments on quarterback Jameis Winston. Bowden said in a radio interview he believed a consensus of Florida State fans and boosters would consider Winston’s off-the-field headlines an embarrassment to Florida State University. Now one of Bowden’s former players is coming to the defense of the former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback.
“I didn’t agree that Jameis was an embarrassment to FSU,” former Florida State safety Myron Rolle said Tuesday. “Anybody who meets him one-on-one, they’ll realize just how good of a young man this is. How solid he is.”
Rolle left Florida State’s football program in 2008 on a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford. The former defensive back has known Winston since Winston was in high school but does not believe his former coach had any harm intended with his comments.
“I know coach, he loves FSU,” Rolle said. “I know his heart’s in the right place.
Bowden may have upset some in the Florida State community with his comments about Winston’s legacy at Florida State, but the coach will remain one of the most popular representatives the Seminole shave to offer for years to come. So will Winston, in all likelihood.
Oh, you thought Bobby Bowden‘s quotes about Jameis Winston (he thinks FSU fans would say Winston was an embarrassment to the university) were entertaining? Well how about this other nugget that was shared during a radio interview yesterday. When asked about Florida State’s old decision to not join the SEC in the 1990s, Bowden suggested it would have been too difficult for Florida State to win a national championship in the SEC when compared to the ACC.
“I felt [Paul] that it was too difficult to win through the SEC to win a national championship,” Bowden explained to Paul Finebaum on the Paul Finebaum Show on ESPN Radio and SEC Network [audio]. “I felt like our best route would be to go through the ACC and that did prove out to be correct. But, I don’t know if we could have made it through the SEC.”
At the time Florida State joined the ACC (in 1992), the balance of power was not as much in favor of the SEC as it can be perceived to be today. The SEC had not had a national championship since 1980 (Georgia) and the ACC had seen two schools win a national title since with Clemson in 1981 and Georgia Tech earning a split national title in 1990. Alabama did win the 1992 national title but Florida State ran right through the ACC from the start and finished the 1992 season with a No. 2 ranking and the 1993 season as the national champion. As far as Bowden’s comments are concerned, it seems to hold water. The Seminoles won a second national title in 1999, at which time the SEC was beginning to rise to its more dominant form of the BCS era. Florida (1996) and Tennessee (1998) each won national titles on the way.
And in case you forgot, Florida State was crowned the final BCS national champion just two seasons ago and was a part of the first four-team College Football Playoff this past January.
By being in the ACC, Florida State was the dominant force for an extended period of time. The same may not have been the case had the school joined the SEC in the early 1990s, but over the course of time an argument could be made that Florida State could have been every bit a national title contender as any other program in the conference. It just never would have been the program.
Fire up FSU Twitter (#FSUTwitter), because one Seminole icon has quite the spicy take on a more recent face of the program. Enter Bobby Bowden on Jameis Winston.
The former head coach of Florida State was a guest on Paul Finebaum’s afternoon radio show when he made a bit of an eye-popping statement about now former Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, Winston.
Perhaps Bowden walks in different circles among Florida State fans than I do, because it seems to me there is a pretty strong portion of the Florida State fan base that goes to great lengths to defend Winston anytime something about him pops up in the headlines. Sure, Winston has his critics and there is no denying he has been attached to some eye-rolling incidents of various degrees during his time in Tallahassee, but is Bowden accurate when he says a consensus of Florida State fans consider him an embarrassment to the university?
Feel free to settle that score in the comments.