TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Bobby Bowden, the legendary former coach who built Florida State University’s football program into a national powerhouse, has been diagnosed with a terminal medical condition, the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper reports on its website, citing a family announcement.
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Former FSU football coach Bobby Bowden diagnosed with terminal medical condition, Tallahassee newspaper says
Bowden spent 5 days in a hospital in late June and now receives supervised home care, Tallahassee Democrat reports
He turned the FSU program into a national powerhouse and won national titles in 1993 and 1999 before 2010 resignation
Bowden, 91, spent five days in a hospital in late June and has struggled to regain his strength, the Democrat’s Jim Henry reports. The former coach is receiving supervised care in his Tallahassee home, the report says.
“I’ve always tried to serve God’s purpose for my life, on and off the field, and I am prepared for what is to come,” the newspaper quoted Bowden as saying in a statement. “My wife Ann and our family have been life’s greatest blessing.”
After six seasons as head coach at West Virginia, Bowden took over at Florida State in 1976, after which the Seminoles quickly gained a reputation for upsetting some of college football’s top programs.
As a head coach, he earned a record of 315-98-4 and won national championships in 1993 and 1999 before a forced resignation in 2010. That followed the program’s fall from the top of the national rankings.