Bowden to Highlight Spring Football Clinic

Bowden is one of a select few coaches to have a winning record against Nebraska. He was 2-2 against the Cornhuskers in the regular season, and posted a 4-0 mark against NU in bowl games.

Hall of Fame Coach Bobby Bowden will serve as the keynote speaker at the 2010 Nebraska Football Spring Coaches Clinic. The legendary former Florida State coach retired following the 2009 season finishing his career as the second-winningest coach in college football history.

Bowden will highlight the three-day coaches' clinic set for Thursday, April 1 through Saturday, April 3 in Lincoln. He will provide the keynote speech on Friday evening at 7 p.m. The clinic will also feature the entire Nebraska coaching staff and several accomplished prep coaches, and the event will take place in conjunction with the Huskers' spring practice sessions.

As head coach of the Seminoles for 34 years, Bowden had only one losing season—his first in 1976. He is the only coach in Division I-A football history to record 14 straight seasons of 10 wins or more, and his FSU teams finished in the top five of the Associated Press poll an unprecented 14 straight seasons from 1987 to 2000. He captured a pair of national championships, collecting titles following the 1993 and 1999 seasons.

Florida State and Nebraska are generally recognized as the teams of the 1990s. In addition to winning a pair of national titles in that decade, Bowden guided the Seminoles to an overall record of 109-13-1 in the 1990s. His teams won the Atlantic Coast Conference title in FSU's first nine seasons in the league (1992-2000), and lost just two conference games in that span.

Bowden is one of a select few coaches to have a winning record against Nebraska. He was 2-2 against the Cornhuskers in the regular season, and posted a 4-0 mark against NU in bowl games.

"We are excited about the outstanding lineup of speakers scheduled to appear at our coaches' clinic," Nebraska Assistant Athletic Director for Football Jeff Jamrog said. "The opportunity to host a legendary coach such as Bobby Bowden speaks volumes for the respect that the Nebraska football program, Coach Osborne and Coach Pelini hold within the coaching fraternity.

"The combination of hearing our coaching staff, successful local and national high school coaches, as well as watching our practices, provides a very beneficial event for coaches at all levels."

The 2010 Nebraska coaches' clinic will kick off on Thursday evening with breakout sessions by members of the Nebraska coaching staff. Session I will focus on the Husker offense at 6:30 p.m., followed by a breakout with the defensive staff at 8 p.m. Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini will begin Friday's activities with a welcome at 10 a.m., and those in attendance will also hear from Nebraska Football Strength and Conditioning Coach James Dobson on Friday morning.

Other speakers at the coaches clinic include three 2009 Nebraska state championship coaches—Millard South's Andy Means (Class A), Joe Kvidera of Ponca High (Class C-2) and Michael Speirs of Howells (Class D-1).

In addition to the championship Nebraska prep coaches on the agenda, three successful out-of-state head coaches will share their insight at the clinic. Paul Ressa of Carrollton Newman Smith High in Carrollton, Texas and Louie Cook of Notre Dame High School in Crowley, La., will speak on Friday, with Kelly Donohoe of Blue Springs High School in Blue Springs, Mo., on Saturday morning.

In addition to Bowden and numerous speakers on Friday, the clinic will also include Nebraska's spring practice at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday's activities begin with an FCA Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by position drills from 8:30 to 10 a.m. The clinic will conclude with Nebraska's Saturday practice, scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.

All sessions of the clinic will be held in the Hawks Championship Center or Memorial Stadium. Cost of the clinic is $50 per coach before Monday, March 29 or $60 after March 29 or at the door. For complete information and a schedule of the clinic visit, or call the Nebraska Football Office at (402) 472-3116.

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