NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. —
“His footprint will always be the face of Florida State football,” Deckerhoff said.
This has been a difficult couple of weeks for Bowden, whose grandson, T.J., was killed in a car crash shortly after the family celebrated Christmas together in Panama City, Fla.
Bowden came to Southern California anyway. At first, he was only going to stay to speak at a breakfast Friday morning. But he got talked into staying the rest of the week.
All of which feels right. Wouldn’t be the same if Florida State won a championship without a Bowden around.
“I’m glad,” Bowden said, “to see ‘em back to where we used to be.”
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