Bobby Bowden will be returning to Florida State for the Seminoles' season-opening weekend, as the former coach will be inducted into the school's athletic Hall of Fame on Aug. 31. He will be recognized with the other inductees the next day on the field during FSU's season opener against Murray State.
The occasion will mark Bowden's first appearance at Doak Campbell Stadium since the 2009 season, his 34th and final year coaching the Seminoles. Former quarterback Danny Kanell, along with five other new members, will join Bowden in the Hall of Fame induction.
Bowden had visited the stadium's University Center in December, speaking at the Tallahassee Quarterback Club's awards dinner. The University Center overlooks the football field, named after Bowden in 2004.
UPDATE: Bowden told reporters Friday at Hombre Golf Club in Panama City Beach, Fla., that he will not be going to Florida State's opener Sept. 1 against Murray State, one day after he is to be inducted as one of seven new members of the school's athletic Hall of Fame.
“I wasn’t going to sit around and be over someone’s shoulder,” Bowden said, according to The News Herald.
Bowden was asked to join the Hall of Fame in each of the past two years and only decided to be included this year because his longtime administrative assistant, Sue Hall, will be among the inductees.