Bobby Bowden to be honored at title game

Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will receive the Football Bowl Association Champions Award during an on-field presentation at the Allstate BCS National Championship Game tonight.

The Football Bowl Association Champions Award is given to an individual who has "provided distinguished service to college football, with an emphasis on being a contributor to post-season football bowl games." Last year's recipient was legendary BYU coach LaVell Edwards. Other previous winners include former Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen and SEC commissioner Roy Kramer.

From the FBA release:

Bowden retired in 2009 and finished his career second in all-time wins by a FBS coach with a record of 377-129-4. He led the Seminoles to an Associated Press and Coaches Poll National Title in 1993 and a BCS National Championship in 1999. He racked up 12 ACC championships.

The Seminoles played in 28-straight bowl games under Bowden from 1982 through 2009. Coach Bowden led FSU to 11 different bowl games, including eight trips to the Orange Bowl, six to the Sugar Bowl and three to the Fiesta Bowl.

During his 34 years as Florida State's head coach, he had only one losing season - his first in 1976. From 1987 to 2000, the Seminoles finished every season with at least 10 wins and in the AP Top 5.