Legendary coach Bobby Bowden in the hospital
Legendary college football coach Bobby Bowden is reportedly in the hospital, but is feeling better and expects to be released in a few days.
The former Florida State coach told Jim Henry of The Tallahassee Democrat that “he had a few cancer spots on his legs removed, and the area became infected.”
Bowden is 90, and has a birthday on Nov. 8.
Ahead of his birthday last year, the Palm Beach Post reported that The Tallahassee Quarterback Club celebrated Bowden’s birthday, and more than 600 people attended.
“You get my age you don’t pay attention to it,” Bowden said. “You’re just lucky you’re able to have them. Ann and I have never been real big on having a big deal for our birthdays … occasionally, but now it’s just another day.”
Last year, he was able to shoot his age in golf, and about 4 1/2 years ago, at 86, he had the second hole-in-one of his life on the 121-yard, par-3, 12th hole at the Golf Club of Quincy. He used a 3-wood.
Bowden continues to enjoy his retirement since coaching his final game 10 years ago in the Gator Bowl, a 33-21 victory over West Virginia.
In 2018, he was hospitalized over Thanksgiving with pneumonia. Last year, he dealt with hip/leg pain that doctors have checked out and believe is nothing serious, although it is preventing him from playing golf.
Bowden’s official record according to the NCAA is 377-129-4, which would place him fourth among all coaches at all levels behind John Gagliardi (489 wins), Joe Paterno (409) and Eddie Robinson (408). But that record does not include 12 wins vacated from the 2006-07 seasons because of an academic fraud scandal and 22 wins from South Georgia State College that are not counted by the NCAA.