A Bowden Weekend

This is a big weekend for the Bowden Family. Wife <b>Ann Bowden </b> and most members of the family, including <b>Terry Bowden,</b> will be at the Moore Athletic Center on Friday when a bronze statue of Florida State coach <b>Bobby Bowden</b> is unveiled. On Saturday, Bobby Bowden will match coaching wits with son <b>Tommy Bowden</b> as the Seminoles tangle with the Tigers in an important Atlantic Coast Conference showdown at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Florida State's showdown against Clemson on Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium tugs at both sides of the Bowden Family.

One one side is Bobby Bowden, father, mentor and legendary coach. On the other side is son Tommy Bowden, son, family man and a coach as well.

When FSU and Clemson tangle, one Bowden is going to win. And one is going to lose.

"It is getting less enjoyable,'' said Tommy Bowden, 50, in his eighth year as a head coach -- the first two at Tulane (1997-98).

"There's more at stake now. Last year was job security. Now, (Bobby Bowden is) getting close to retiring. He wants to stay on top of Paterno. To have a shot at the ACC (title), he's got to win. I've got to do the same thing.

"I enjoyed last year because we won. I enjoyed that a whole bunch.''

Favored FSU is expected to make Tommy Bowden's day on Saturday far less enjoyable.

Still, this is an emotional weekend for the Bowden family, which will be in near full force as a bronze statue of Bobby Bowden is unveiled in front of the Moore Athletic Center on Friday afternoon.

Bowden's likeness also will be the subject of a three-story stained glass window that will be installed over the front entrance of the new athletic center.

The stained glass window will be dedicated during a ceremony prior to the November 20th game against Florida. The tribute to Bowden will continue at halftime with the naming of Bobby Bowden Field.


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