Bobby Bowden looks back at the time Florida State almost joined the SEC
Bobby Bowden coached the Florida State Seminoles from 1976 to 2009, becoming one of the winningest coaches in college football history in the process.
He also led the Seminoles to 2 national championships — 1 in 1993 and the other in 1999. But, would those titles have happened if FSU had joined the SEC instead of the ACC?
In a Q&A session with Brandon Marcello of 247Sports, Bowden weighed in on FSU’s decision to join the ACC in 1992 instead of the SEC, saying there were some great teams in the SEC back then:
247Sports: FSU was an independent until joining the ACC in 1991. It’s common knowledge the SEC was also interested in the Seminoles, but what did you want at the time?
Bowden: “They did want us, they did invite us to join the SEC. Everybody thought we would join. In fact, I thought we would but our administration — the president and others — wanted the ACC, which really was better for us. It would have been hard wading through that SEC. Too many good teams in there, boy. Oh, gosh. Oh, that would have been some great ball.”
Obviously, going to the ACC worked out well for the Seminoles. In addition to Bowden’s 2 titles, they also won a title under Jimbo Fisher in 2013.
But, it’s easy to wonder what would have happened if they’d joined the SEC in 1992 instead.