Coach Bobby Bowden’s impact on Florida State University athletics and college football as a whole is immeasurable.
Beginning his tenure in 1976, Coach Bowden accomplished many triumphs no other coach in FSU history has duplicated.
He led his Seminoles to the 1993 National Title as well as the BCS National Championship in 1999. Since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1991, Coach Bowden took home 12 ACC Championships along with the Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award in that same year.
During his 34 years as Florida State’s head coach, Bowden only coached three losing seasons and accumulated an overall 315-97-4 record.
He is second on the list of most wins by a college football coach, behind legendary Joe Paterno, with a 377-129-4 record, and that’s even after vacating 12 wins due to NCAA violations during the 2006-2007 season.
Coach Bowden’s last game coaching Florida State was at the 2010 Gator Bowl where he rode off on a high note, defeating his former team West Virginia 33-21.
Coach Bowden will always be considered the greatest coach in FSU history and the history of college football, and even though he is no longer on the sidelines every Saturday for the ‘Noles, we still get the feeling that Florida State football will always be HIS team.