August 21, 2008 |
The Times' Chris Dufresne unveils his preseason college football top 25, one day (and team) at a time: Tommy Bowden's new contract, which will pay him $1.8 million annually, came with the usual perks: Free use of two new cars, 10 tickets to Clemson home games -- and one priceless comment from a Tigers fan who e-mailed the Greenville News. "Nice reward for never winning the ACC, never going to a BCS bowl and never finishing higher than fourth in the ACC." No. 8 Clemson Ouch.
November 17, 2005 |
In a new series titled "Iconoclasts" that makes its debut on the Sundance Channel tonight at 10, actor Samuel L. Jackson spends time talking with basketball's Bill Russell. Jackson visits Russell's home in Seattle, they play golf, and they go out to dinner with members of Russell's family. Russell is a nonconformist who claims to not care what people think of him, and at dinner his daughter Karen says, "Isn't it hard not to think about what other people think about you?"
November 10, 2003
'Tommy needed a win more than I did, but my team needed it more than his team did.' Bobby Bowden, Florida State coach, whose No. 3-ranked Seminoles lost to Clemson and son Tommy Bowden, 26-10, Saturday
October 24, 1999 |
He threw everything in the playbook at his dear old dad--fake punts, reverse passes and a shocking 11-point first-half lead, but the gamble Tommy Bowden did not take in the end may have cost him a chance at preempting his dad's date with destiny. With Ann Bowden torn in the stands Saturday night, rooting for her husband but feeling for her son, No. 1 Florida State rallied to defeat Clemson, 17-14, before a record crowd of 86,200 at Clemson Memorial Stadium.
October 23, 1999 |
Had Tommy Bowden gone into dentistry, as his parents had hoped, he might be doing bridge work on his dad instead of, in all likelihood, providing the bridge to his dad's 300th victory. As fate would have it, the only cavity in need of filling tonight is cavernous 81,474-seat Clemson Memorial Stadium, otherwise known as "Death Valley," for the meeting of Florida State (7-0) and Clemson (3-3) in a historic battle of Bowdens.
October 22, 1999 |
GAME OF THE WEEK Only the great schedule maker in the sky could dream this up: father versus son, Seminole versus Tiger, brother versus brother. What's a wife and mother to do? Bobby Bowden versus Tommy Bowden is a rare moment in sports because it was not contrived. Oh, they tried to contrive it. Last year, ESPN was set to pit then-Auburn coach Terry Bowden against his daddy to kick off the 1999 season, but the deal fell through when Terry resigned at mid-season, his program in turmoil.