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This is not the way we want to start off your Sunday morning, but we’ve got some unfortunate news to share.
According to a tweet from ESPN insider Adam Schefter, former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden has passed away at the age of 91. The news comes just weeks after the legendary head coach was diagnosed with cancer.
Florida State announced the passing of legendary head coach Bobby Bowden. He was 91 years old. pic.twitter.com/XbuPRlKoa8
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 8, 2021
Bowden spent 40 years being a college football head coach — and almost 60 years coaching.
The first six years as a head coach came at West Virginia from 1970-75, where his teams produced a 42-26 (.618) record. From there, Bowden took over in Tallahassee as the head coach of the Florida State Seminoles.
He would spend the next 34 years in that role, a rare feat for a coach to stay in the same role, at the same place for that long. During those three and a half decades, Bowden’s squads went 315-98-4 (.760), ranking him second all time in Division I wins.
Bowden also has two national titles on his resume, winning it all in 1993 and 1999.
“Florida State University has lost a legend in the passing of Bobby Bowden,” university president John Thrasher said in a statement. “On behalf of everyone at FSU, Jean and I extend our deepest condolences to Ann and the Bowden family. Coach Bowden built a football dynasty and raised the national profile of Florida State University, and he did it with class and a sense of humor. While he leaves an incredible legacy as one of the best football coaches in collegiate history, he also will be remembered for his great faith, his love of family and his mentorship of countless young people. He will be profoundly missed.”
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