Tallahassee, FL---It's hard to believe Bobby Bowden hasn't been back to a football game at Florida State since he was pushed out of his job as head coach there after the 2009 season.
FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2007 file photo, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden looks up towards the scoreboard during the first quarter against Kentucky in the Music City Bowl football game in Nashville, Tenn. Bowden will have to wait a little longer to find out if he'll lose up to 14 victories from his career coaching record. The NCAA gave its Committee on Infractions another week until June 2 to respond to Florida State's appeal of sanctions resulting from an academic cheating scandal. (AP Photo/Bill Waugh, File)
The school announcing Friday coach Bowden's accepted an invitation to return to the field named after him for not one, but two games in the fall.
Bobby scheduled now to be at Doak October 26th for the game against North Carolina State. He's also slated to be at the game against new ACC foe Syracuse November 16th, that the homecoming game for the Seminoles this coming season.
The natural question here, what took so long?
The answer, well it's hard to know for sure. Coach Bowden certainly not happy about the way his departure was forced upon him. Perhaps it's taken time for that wound to heal. Bobby's always claimed he's stayed away so as not to be a distraction for his successor and the program. At any rate, he's set to return, you can just imagine the roar when he sets foot on that field on those dates.
Bay Countian Allan Bense who's FSU's Board of Trustees Chair put it this way Friday "It is a challenge to find the words to describe all that Bobby Bowden means to Florida State. He will not only be welcomed back to campus as the man who put the FSU football program on the national collegiate football map; he will be honored as well for what he meant and still means to this institution as a man of tremendous personality, character and faith that still resonate throughout this institution."