Todd Williams, former Titans player, dead at 35 after month's illness

BRADENTON, Fla., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Todd Williams, a homeless teenager who went on to win a college football championship and play in the NFL, has died in his native Florida at age 35.
Coach Jimbo Fisher in contract extension with Florida State

Coach Jimbo Fisher in contract extension with Florida State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Jimbo Fisher, who has guided Florida State to the 2014 BCS title game, signed a five-year contract extension to continue coaching the Seminoles.

Grandson of Bobby Bowden killed in Florida car crash

WINTER HAVEN, Fla., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- One of two young men killed in a Christmas auto accident in Florida was identified as a grandson of ex-Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.
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The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.
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Bobby Bowden reveals he had prostate cancer

Bobby Bowden reveals he had prostate cancer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Former Florida State football Coach Bobby Bowden has publicly disclosed for the first time he underwent prostate cancer treatment in 2007.
NCAA denies Florida State appeal

NCAA denies Florida State appeal

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The NCAA has rejected a Florida State appeal of sanctions slapped on the school for academic fraud in 10 sports, including football.
COL FB: Florida State 33, West Va. 21

COL FB: Florida State 33, West Va. 21

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Three players scored and Dustin Hopkins kicked four field goals Friday, helping Florida State grab a 33-21 Gator Bowl win over 17th-ranked West Virginia.
Bowden says he'll pick Andrews' successor

Bowden says he'll pick Andrews' successor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Florida State football Coach Bobby Bowden says he'll get input from coach-in-waiting Jimbo Fisher but will have the final say on a new defensive coordinator.

Bobby Bowden safe at Florida State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- The job of long-time Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden is safe for now, school president T.K. Wetherell says.

Bobby Bowden critical of NCAA sanctions

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 22 (UPI) -- Florida State football Coach Bobby Bowden says NCAA sanctions levied recently against the school were "too harsh."
Bobby Bowden signs one-year extension

Bobby Bowden signs one-year extension

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Longtime Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden has signed a one-year contract extension with the ACC school through the 2009 season.

Report: Info given on Paterno successor

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., July 2 (UPI) -- Penn State football recruits are being given details about the successor of long-time Nittany Lion Coach Joe Paterno, a player said.
Penn State Coach Joe Paterno hospitalized

Penn State Coach Joe Paterno hospitalized

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., May 15 (UPI) -- Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was hospitalized Thursday because of dehydration.

Florida State reveals bowl roster

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Florida State has set its depleted roster for its Dec. 31 appearance against Kentucky in the Music City Bowl in Nashville.
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Bobby Bowden
NOP2000010406 - 04 JANUARY 2000 - NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, USA: Nokia Sugar Bowl MVP Florida State's Peter Warrick, left, hands the National Championship trophy to his head coach Bobby Bowden after the game, January 4, in the Superdome. rg/aj/Rico Clements UPI

Robert Cleckler Bowden (born November 8, 1929 in Birmingham, Alabama) is a former college football coach. He coached the Florida State Seminoles football team from the 1976 to 2009 seasons. During his time at Florida State, Bowden led FSU to an Associated Press and Coaches Poll National Title in 1993 and a BCS National Championship National Title in 1999, as well as twelve Atlantic Coast Conference championships since FSU joined the conference in 1991. After a difficult 2009 season and amid questioning fans, Bowden announced his retirement from FSU on December 1st, just weeks after his 80th birthday. His final coaching appearance was the 2010 Gator Bowl game on January 1st with a 33-21 victory over his former program, West Virginia.

Bowden finished his career second in all-time wins by a Division I-FBS coach with 389 wins. Joe Paterno is the all-time winningest coach. Bowden is tied with Paterno and Paul 'Bear' Bryant for most Division 1A winning seasons at 37. A March 6, 2009 NCAA ruling requiring Florida State to "vacate any games in which an ineligible player participated" threatens to remove 14 of Bowden's wins from the 2006 and 2007 seasons in relation to an academic scandal. As of July 2009, Florida State is appealing the ruling. As of the 2009 season, Bowden was one of four active coaches inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as coaches (along with Chris Ault, Joe Paterno, and John Gagliardi).

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Bowden spent a portion of his childhood in bed, sick. When he was 13 years old, Bowden was diagnosed with rheumatic fever. After a six month hospital stay, Bowden was confined to his bed at home for just over a year with nothing more than his imagination to pass the time. It was listening to World War II reports on the radio that began Bowden's interest in the war, an interest he still has to this day. It was also around this time that his love for football increased, as he would listen to University of Alabama football on Saturday mornings.

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