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The Daily Nole — April 9, 2021: FSU Legend Bobby Bowden Awarded Medal of Freedom

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Lead Story

For legendary head coach Bobby Bowden, recognitions have been commonplace over the last half-century.

On Wednesday afternoon, Bowden, 91, received yet another. At the Governor’s mansion in Tallahassee, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recognized the legendary coach with the inaugural Governor’s Medal of Freedom.

The award was created by the legislature and is the highest civilian honor the governor can give. It recognizes achievements for the betterment of the state.

Bowden was head coach at Samford and West Virginia, but is most known for his time at FSU. Bowden coached the Seminoles from 1976 to 2009, winning a pair of national championships and capping his career with 33 straight winning seasons. From 1987 to 2000 under Bowden, FSU finished in the AP top-5 every year.

Between the Lines

FSU men’s tennis fell to Miami on Thursday, 4-2.

On the Agenda

On Friday, FSU beach volleyball will host the Unconquered Invitational with matches against Florida International and Stetson. FSU men’s tennis will host Boston College while the women host Miami. FSU baseball will be at Louisville. The contest begins at 6 p.m. ET and streams on ACC Network Extra. FSU softball hosts Duke in a contest that begins at 6 p.m. ET and airs on ESPNU.

News and Notes

FSU football will hold youth clinics around Florida, beginning on May 6 in West Palm Beach.

Helpful Links

Noles247: Observations from Day 13 of FSU’s spring practice
The Osceola: Midseason report: FSU must make push in next month
ChopChat: FSU football: Understanding Mike Norvell’s attention to the standard

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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