Legendary College Football Coach Dead At 66

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Bobby Bowden, the winningest coach in FBS history, died Sunday at the age of 91. Bowden was the head coach at Florida State University from 1976 to 2009, where he won two national championships and 12 ACC titles.

Bowden was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1929. He played college football at Howard College (now Samford University) and began his coaching career as an assistant at Samford in 1956. He also served as an assistant at West Virginia University and Auburn University before becoming the head coach at West Virginia in 1969.

Bowden led West Virginia to two bowl games in four seasons before moving to Florida State in 1976. He turned the Seminoles into one of the most successful programs in college football during his 35 years in Tallahassee. Florida State won national championships in 1993 and 1999, and the Seminoles finished in the top five of the AP poll 14 times under Bowden.

Bowden retired from coaching in 2009 after compiling a record of 377-129-4. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

Bowden was known for his innovative offensive schemes and his ability to develop quarterbacks. He coached some of the greatest quarterbacks in college football history, including Heisman Trophy winners Jameis Winston and Charlie Ward.

Bowden was also a beloved figure in the Tallahassee community. He was known for his kindness and generosity, and he was a strong advocate for education.

Bowden’s death is a loss for the college football community. He was one of the most successful and respected coaches in the history of the sport. He will be remembered for his accomplishments on the field and for his positive impact on the lives of his players and students.

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