Bobby Bowden has pancreatic most cancers, son says

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Terry Bowden, son of Corridor of Fame school soccer coach Bobby Bowden, mentioned Thursday his father is affected by pancreatic most cancers and is “doing pretty much as good as anticipated” given the household’s current announcement that his condition is terminal.

“The information got here out [Wednesday], however we have recognized for about 10 days,” the College of Louisiana at Monroe head coach instructed reporters at Solar Belt media day in New Orleans on Thursday. We have been making ready for this. We all know when you’ve gotten pancreatic most cancers, which is what the illness is, you are in all probability speaking months, not years, so we all know that. We simply suppose we have got some extra good days forward, and we will take pleasure in these collectively.

“I’d plead that every one folks would respect the very fact he must relaxation when he is up,” Terry Bowden added. “He does not want lots of cellphone calls, or lots of people speaking on the cellphone. my dad; he has by no means turned down an interview in his life. He’ll be on his deathbed [doing] an interview the final minute he does it. However, that is Bobby Bowden.”

The elder Bowden, who coached Florida State for 34 seasons earlier than retiring in 2009, launched a press release Wednesday by way of the varsity indicating he had been identified with a terminal medical situation.

“I’ve at all times tried to serve God’s function for my life, on and off the sector, and I’m ready for what’s to return,” Bowden mentioned in a press release. “My spouse Ann and our household have been life’s best blessing. I’m at peace.”

Bowden, 91, is the second-winningest coach in Division I historical past with 357 victories. His groups received nationwide championships in 1993 and 1999.

Present Florida State head soccer coach Mike Norvell opened up Thursday’s session at ACC media days by paying tribute to Bowden.

“Due to the impression that he has made, due to the person that he’s, the coach that without end modified a college and a spot, [he’s] only a super instance,” mentioned Norvell, who’s coming into his second season with the Seminoles. “I’m so grateful for the chance and the connection that I’ve and been in a position to kind with Coach Bowden. … As he is resting there at house, simply to know we’re serious about you and simply so grateful for the impression you’ve got made and that you simply proceed to make by who you might be.”

Bowden handled a “powerful” bout of COVID-19 in October, which got here a number of days after he returned to his Tallahassee house after a prolonged hospital keep for an an infection in his leg. He was additionally hospitalized for 5 days in late June and instructed the Tallahassee Democrat earlier this month, “I really feel positive, however I can not do a lot.”

Bowden served as West Virginia coach from 1970 to 1975 earlier than taking the Florida State job in 1976. He constructed the Seminoles right into a nationwide energy, profitable 12 ACC championships and nationwide titles in 1993 and 1999. Bowden was inducted into the Faculty Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2006.

“Coach Bowden constructed a soccer dynasty and raised the nationwide profile of Florida State College, and he did it with dignity, class and a humorousness,” college president John Thrasher mentioned in a press release. “Though his accomplishments on the sector are unmatched, his legacy will go far past soccer. His religion and household have at all times come first, and he’s an unbelievable position mannequin for his gamers and followers alike. He’s beloved by the FSU household.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.