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After three-year hiatus, Bowden to attend pair of FSU games


Published:   |   Updated: May 15, 2013 at 08:13 AM

After a three-year absence from Florida State, former Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden will be returning to Doak Campbell Stadium for a pair of games this season.

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Bowden will attend games on Oct. 26 against N.C. State and Nov. 16 for FSU's homecoming game against Syracuse, when the Seminoles will hold a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the school's first national championship team.

Bowden said he stayed away the last three seasons to give his replacement, Jimbo Fisher, some space and to not cause a distraction.

Bowden, 83, coached the Seminoles from 1976 to 2009 and won a pair of national championships. Bowden coached his last game on Jan. 1, 2010, in the Gator Bowl, beating his former team, West Virginia.

Bowden did not leave town following his forced retirement.

Bowden returned to Doak Campbell Stadium one Friday night last fall to be inducted into the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame alongside his longtime administrative assistant, Sue Hall, and former quarterback Danny Kanell. However, Bowden declined to attend the Seminoles' game that weekend.

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