November 29, 2009 |
Tim Tebow and Bobby Bowden left final footprints on Florida Field, on the same Saturday, in the same November. Goodbyes don't get any higher or lower. Camera flashes went off for Tebow as they did for the Beatles at Shea Stadium, and the Florida quarterback was definitely the ticket to ride. In his last home game as a Gator, Tebow passed for three touchdowns and ran for two in a 37-10 win over Florida State. Everyone wanted to celebrate, including one Southeastern Conference official who helped Tebow off the ground after a play.
November 17, 1995 |
Florida State signed Coach Bobby Bowden to a five-year contract extension that will pay him almost $1 million annually. The agreement, which will keep Bowden, 66, at Florida State through at least the 2000 season, will pay him $975,000, including $150,000 of state money. The bulk of the salary includes $275,000 from radio and television appearances, $225,000 for promoting Nike products, and $200,000 from speeches and public appearances. . . .
December 8, 1996 |
Don't ask Bobby Bowden's secretary if the 67-year-old coach is slowing down. "I wish he would, it would make my job easier," said Sue Hall, Bowden's administrative right arm for the past 18 years. "I think it's worse than ever." At a time of life when most people are beginning to enjoy retirement, Bowden is gearing up for another "Game of the Century." For the fourth time in five years Saturday, Bowden leads his team into a No. 1 vs. No 2. matchup--this time with archrival Florida.
October 8, 2009 |
It feels like the humid old days, when FBS stood for Florida Bowl Series and Saturday in America titled like a teeter-totter toward Tallahassee. From 1987 through 2001, three of Florida's finest ear-holed institutions combined to win seven national titles. And here we are this week, talking about Florida's keys from east to west. Florida is No. 1, Miami is No. 11 after a momentous win over Oklahoma and the state's Big Three is once again represented in the top 25: Florida, Miami and . . . South Florida.
May 29, 1994 |
The raffle tickets were drawn hours ago. Sterno flames hiss against the bottoms of now empty silver buffet serving trays. The blue-hair from the Class of '36 has been introduced, along with most everyone else in the Sweetwater Country Club ballroom. Isn't it time for him yet ? A branding iron is presented. A babbling infant is shooed from the room. A heckler interrupts the longest introduction speech since Jimmy Stewart's filibuster in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."
October 5, 2009 |
When Florida State's football team struggles, as it did in Saturday's 28-21 loss to Boston College, fingers start pointing at the coach in charge of the program, Bobby Bowden. "FSU's program should never, ever reach a point where we start saying of the Seminoles, 'Yippee, at least they played 'em close,' " wrote Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel. "And, sadly, that's exactly what I was thinking Saturday when FSU furiously rallied from an 18-point deficit and tied the score late in the game before ultimately dropping a 28-21 decision to a blah Boston College team that couldn't finish in the top half of the SEC. "When I asked Bobby how he responds to fans and those of us in the media who think he should step down, he understandably became defensive.