Florida State is gearing up for a season-defining road game in Death Valley this weekend. Both teams will see this competition as a turning point in the second half. However, some things are simply more important than the action on the pitch.
According to TigerIllustrated, Clemson plans to honor legendary Florida State Head Coach Bobby Bowden on Saturday. It will be an extremely special and emotional afternoon as Bowden’s son and former Tigers head coach Tommy Bowden is expected to be in the building. It’s been almost 13 years since his last appearance in Death Valley.
It’s a classy gesture from Clemson. Head coach Dabo Swinney began his coaching career with the Tigers under Tommy Bowden before taking over in the 2008 season. One of Bowden’s other sons, Terry, was an analyst for Clemson in 2019 and 2020. It’s clear that Swinney has a lot of respect for Bowden and his family.
“Great husband, great father,” Dabo Swinney said after Bowden’s death, according to AllClemson. âHe loved his community. He was loyal. He was committed. He loved his players. And me just him, he was funny. He had a grace towards him. It’s tough. And the pattern of consistency, I mean, the absolute model of consistency, but he’s, he’s a special human being, and I sat in my office with him, I guess.
Bowden is one of the few coaches that Swinney does not have a winning record against during his tenure as head coach. They faced each other in 2008 and 2009, dividing the two contests.
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