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Bowden says ACC rivals no one in football

May 20, 2004

Albany - It may be the offseason in college football, but Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden is staying busy.

The nation's all-time winningest college football coach was in Albany Thursday night to speak at the spring banquet of the local adult chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Coach Bowden has been through our city many a times, especially when he was traveling from his hometown of Birmingham to South Georgia College in Douglas in the 1950's where Bowden had his first head coaching job.

Bowden noted how much Albany has changed in a half century much like the Atlantic Coast Conference is changing.

The Seminoles have owned the ACC football title since joining the league in 1992.

But that is expected to change with Miami and Virginia Tech joining the conference this year and Boston College coming on board in 2005.

Bobby Bowden believes the expansion will be a great thing for the conference and as proof he offers the new television contract the ACC signed this week that will reportedly pay the league more than $37 million a year.

Coach Bowden said "I would call us now not just a basketball or baseball conference. We are now a full blooded football conference I think that can match the SEC or the Big XII or any of them, team for t

FSU opens the season Labor Day night at Miami.

Bobby Bowden's speech to the Albany Adult FCA is fundraiser for the local chapter.

The money raised will help pay for middle and high school athletes to attend FCA summer camps.

posted  at 12:00am by roberth@walb.com