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NCAAF: Bobby Bowden to Return to FSU…Sort of

September 3, 2011; Gainesville FL, USA; Bobby Bowden prior to the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls and Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Ever since retiring from his head coaching position at Florida State in 2009, Bobby Bowden has not attended a Seminoles football game. However, given the details of an announcement made by Florida State’s athletic department last week, it appears that Bowden will once again be a presence at the school.

The announcement concerned an agreement between the former coach and Seminoles Boosters, Inc. Starting in 2014, Bowden will be making public appearances in order to raise money for Florida State. Bowden also agreed to allow Seminoles Boosters, Inc. to use his name and likeness in their efforts.

Bowden will be earning $250,000 a year and is understandably thrilled about his mini-return to the football program he helped turn into a powerhouse:

I am excited about being back. One of the things I missed most about Florida State was the Seminole Boosters banquets that I did. You do that for 34 years, you get real personal. You’ve been knowing them for 34 years so it will feel good to see a lot of (friends) again.

Andy Miller, the president of Seminole Boosters, Inc., also expressed excitement about the agreement:

We saw an opportunity to formulate an agreement that will allow the Boosters to take coach Bowden to fans across the country to promote Seminole athletics. Coach Bowden has always been a great ambassador for the university and will be invaluable in our efforts to fund a highly successful athletics program.

Bowden led the Seminoles to 10-win seasons and top-5-in-the-AP-Poll finishes every year from 1987 to 2000.

[Source: ESPN]


Topics: Bobby Bowden, Florida State Seminoles

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