Bobby Bowden turned 80 on Sunday, but he wasn’t in the mood to celebrate.
Bowden’s Florida State Seminoles lost a key ACC game at Clemson and also their starting quarterback, Christian Ponder, possibly for the season with a separated shoulder in the process on Saturday. Talk about a family funk.
Bowden’s son, Terry, whose coaching staff includes younger brother Jeff, saw his undefeated and top-ranked Division-II North Alabama Lions tumble in four overtimes on Saturday, too. And Bowden’s son-in-law, Jack Hines, the defensive coordinator at Colquitt County High (Ga.), opened the weekend with a defeat on Friday.
“Our whole family got whipped. We ain’t celebrating nothing,” Bowden quipped Sunday.
Bowden may want to make a birthday wish though.
The Seminoles (4-5) need to win two of their three remaining games, punctuated by a regular-season finale at top-ranked Florida, to extend their nation’s-best streak of bowl appearances that dates back to 1982.