Coach Bowden(s) to speak to FCA group

Bobby Bowden, head football coach at Florida State University, and his son, Tommy Bowden, head football coach at Clemson University, will be the featured speakers at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' GameDay Breakfast at the Greenville's Palmetto Expo Center (Hall B) on Saturday, November 8, at 7:30 a.m. The breakfast, buffet style, will last until 9:15.

The Bowdens, the first father/son combination to coach head-to-head in NCAA Division I history, will be squaring off for the fifth time at 7:45 p.m. at Clemson's Memorial Stadium. Bobby owns a 4-0 record against Tommy.

Individual tickets are $50, with limited availability. Several sponsorship levels are available: Heisman-- $2,500 (two tables of 10, plus incentives); All-American--$1,500 (one table of 10, plus incentives); All-Conference--$1,000 (table of 10, plus incentives); First Team--$500 (table of 10).

Bobby Bowden is the all-time record-holder for wins by a Division I head coach. His 339 coaching victories puts him one ahead of Penn State's Joe Paterno. His all-time record is 339-97-4, heading into a November 1 game against Notre Dame. His record at Florida State is 266-65-4.

Gracious in both victory and defeat, Bowden is a man at peace with himself. His rock-solid character and firm coaching principles date back more than 49 years. As if the fact that his coaching numbers have reached legendary proportions is not enough, he also gives Florida State University a proud, moral leader, a family man of the first order, a caring disciplinarian, and a calming voice in the face of the turbulence surrounding college football.

He has coached his Florida State teams so very close to perfection that people have come to expect nothing less. He has won 176 games over the last 17 seasons heading into the 2003 season, including monumental wins over Miami, Notre Dame, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Florida.

Tommy Bowden is in his fifth year at the helm of Clemson. In the four seasons he has served as Clemson's head coach the Tigers have gone to four straight bowl games, the first time since the senior class of 1991. With that selection, Bowden became the first head coach to take Clemson (and just the third in ACC history) to a bowl game in each of his first four seasons. In fact, no coach had ever done so more than twice to open his career at Clemson. Clemson appeared in the Peach Bowl in 1999, the Gator Bowl in 2000, and the 2001 Humanitarian Bowl prior to its Tangerine Bowl appearance.

Tommy now has a record of 34-23 as Clemson's head coach and 51-27 overall. The fatherly influence of a college coach who reached 300 career wins against his son in 1999, also had an influence on other members of the family. Terry has been a head coach at Samford and Auburn, posting a 47-17-1 record at the latter. Terry serves as an in-studio commentator for ABC's college football package.

Jeff Bowden is in his ninth year as wide receivers coach at Florida State, his third as offensive coordinator.

Reaching students on junior high, high school, and college campuses, FCA believes that by making a better person, you make a better athlete. FCA provides an alternative to the negative pressures prevalent in today's schools through student-led Huddles, Camps and the One Way 2 Play—Drug Free! program.

For more information about the breakfast, contact Lance Shealy, director of the Northwest South Carolina Office, at (864) 234-9911. Top Stories