Bobby Bowden Returns to Doak

By: Eyewitness Sports
By: Eyewitness Sports

Tallahassee, FL -- December 13, 2011 --

1976 was the first year Bobby Bowden stepped into the head coaching role for the FSU football team. Here we are nearly 36 years later and coach Bowden stepped into Doak Campbell Stadium for the first time as former head coach.

Would you believe after 34 years on the sidelines coach Bowden spent nearly 2 years away from the program. Tonight, he was the guest speaker at the Tallahassee Quarterback Club end-of-the year banquet..

Bowden told reporters he didn't get emotional about the much anticipated return to Florida State. He also said the urge for coaching has turned into a passion for watching.

"I coached 57 years, I guess that was enough. At my age, 82, you don't have any hankoring to get out on that field anymore. But what it does, it enables me to watch games. I've seen more games in that last two years than I've ever seen in my life."

2011 TALLAHASSEE QB CLUB AWARDS
Gene Cox MVP/Matt Dobson (NFC)
Bowden Coach of Year/Robert Craft (NFC)
Defensive Player of Year/Tevin Floyd (FLA High)
Offensive Player of Year/Dennis Andrews (Godby)
Offensive Lineman of Year/Trevin Huff (Lincoln)
Dale Doss Coverage Award/Jakarri Thomas (Godby)
Amos P. Godby Student Award/Raphael Andrades (Lincoln
* Jake Gaither College Award/Damien Fleming (FAMU)
* Bob Crenshaw College Award Defense/Lamarcus Joyner (FSU)
* Bob Crenshaw College Award Offense/ EJ Manuel (FSU)


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  • by you got your wish on Dec 15, 2011 at 05:08 AM
    So you ran off the 2nd winningest coach in college football history and now you have a greatly overpaid coach that gives you a very mediocre team that nearly produced a losing season. Great job...
  • by Anon Location: <<>> on Dec 14, 2011 at 12:30 PM
    ...and BOOM goes the dynamite!
  • by Susan Location: Tallahassee on Dec 14, 2011 at 06:54 AM
    If we are all lucky enough one day we too will be old and I just hope that when that day comes I don't get booted out just because the game score isn't what the young nieve want. We should all be grateful for the time and committment Bobby Bowden gave FSU - if I recall till then FSU was nothing. I still think it is wrong on the way he was asked to leave and for the reason that was used. And honestly I haven't seen much improvement under Jimbo's term. Good luck to Bobby Bowden and well wishes.... You are very missed. Just because.
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      by Dalphyne on Dec 14, 2011 at 08:29 AM in reply to Susan
      Susan - you are absolutely correct. Florida State owes Bobby Bowden a lot of gratitude because Florida State was nothing til he got there, football I mean. Like you, I am not impressed with Jimbo Fisher. All those teams that FSU beat down at Doak and they let them come in this season and beat them. What a joke.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 at 03:37 PM in reply to Dalphyne
        You must have missed the 30-0 beatdown that WF gave FSU at Doak in 2006. FSU fans will forever be grateful for what Coach Bowden did for FSU and the program that he built but it was time for him to go.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2011 at 06:18 AM in reply to
          Bowden lost his ability to coach and run a football program around 2001. He couldn't even see that he was failing.
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      by rob on Dec 15, 2011 at 04:40 AM in reply to Susan
      Sorry guys...but when a coach cannot remember names of his players, especially starters who get hurt...its time to go! Bobby WAS a great coach, til he surrendered his role to others and became nothing more than a figure head...And no, I am not a fan of Jimbo either.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2011 at 08:48 AM in reply to Susan
      He was VERY well paid while he was there. I could live my lifetime off of one year of his income.
  • by Angeleyes Location: Tally Ho on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:44 AM
    Bobby will always be the best coach FSU will ever have! In my eyes TK, Mr Smith and FSU should feel bad for how they did a man who put FSU on the map.
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      by 57 Nole on Dec 14, 2011 at 08:01 AM in reply to Angeleyes
      Yes, Bobby was a great Coach, and even more, a great recruiter...but he had one MAJOR FAILING...JEFFY BABY AS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR. He even had to get a bye on violation of the state law against nepotism for that one...and then forced the Boosters to pay Jeffy Baby to leave even though HIS contract was up. BTW< how much did Bobby donate to FSU Academics during his very highly paid tenure? 50 cents? or is that too high a guesstimate on my part?
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        by Bill on Dec 14, 2011 at 09:53 AM in reply to 57 Nole
        Bobby and Ann gave way more than 50 cents to the FSU Academics. An if it was not for the success of the football program under Coach Bowden then the large sums that the athletic dept donated after the major bowl games would not have taken place either. Check how much went to the library, general scholarship funds etc.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 at 01:07 PM in reply to Bill
          Without donations from booster Bowden would have had nothing to work with. You must remember your stakeholders.
  • by Getoverit on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:00 AM
    Coach Bowden had a great career here at FSU. Get over how it ended and cherish his accomplishments. He didn't get emotional because its clear now that his success will not be approached again during his lifetime, and probably much later!
  • by it is what it is on Dec 14, 2011 at 02:56 AM
    He probably didn't get emotional coming back after what FSU, Jim Smith and TK did to him. A very honorable man that got the short end of the stick. Shame...
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      by anon on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:22 AM in reply to it is what it is
      there is much more to the story than you may ever know. not saying what was done to him was right, but bobby had his own issues (many that he has admitted since). he was one of the greatest though.
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        by FTW on Dec 14, 2011 at 06:21 AM in reply to anon
        It must be hard knowing what you know and having to keep it a secret all these years. How do you cope? I wish I knew what you know. Congratulations to you on your vast "inside knowledge" of all things Bowden. I feel so left out. Forever alone.
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      by The Nole M on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:23 AM in reply to it is what it is
      You mean a man that gave FSU and its alumni the short end of his stick. I hold degrees from FSU and support everything to do with the university, but one must be naive to see that he was given every opportunity to leave on his own terms. The football program suffered on the field, in booster donation and TV contracts over the course of TEN YEARS. He was given all opportunities to call his last shot for TEN YEARS. I love the man, but TEN YEARS and he couldn't make the correct decision? Simply because he built something doesn't mean he can tear it down, not once thousands of others have invested their time and money into the construction. Why should a wealthy alumus donate money then watch the money flounder? I am able to remove my garnet and gold glasses and see reality. If you think he wasn't give an opportunity to pave his own exit then you have your own problems.
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