July 23, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The much anticipated match-up between Florida State and Auburn, and Bobby Bowden and son Terry Bowden, will be played before a national ESPN television audience during prime time the network released Thursday. The game will be the Seminoles’ 1999 season-opener on Thursday, September 2, and is scheduled to kickoff at 8:00 p.m. EDT.
“Due to the unique nature of the father vs. son match-up at two high profile universities, the viewership of our 1999 game could stand out as one of the most watched games in the history of college football,” said Dave Hart, Director of Athletics at Florida State. “The visibility and exposure this game will receive through ESPN in prime time is certain to make it a huge event. We are pleased to be able to announce this over a year ahead of time to give fans of both schools a chance to make arrangements for the Thursday night kickoff.”
Bobby Bowden, who is in his 23rd year at Florida State, is the only head coach in the history of college football to have a son coach at the Division 1A level, let alone, at the same time he is coaching. That number grew to three Bowden’s as head coaches when Tommy took over at Tulane prior to last year.
“The Auburn game is going to be a great one for our fans and players,” said Bobby Bowden. “The games we’ve played in the past have been great rivalries and I know I’ve got a rivalry going with their head coach. It’s going to be difficult starting a season with a game with all that hype and a nationwide television audience, but it would be tougher if we played with no one in the stands. I like playing a tough opponent early, it keeps my players attention all summer. The toughest problem we’ll face will be in Ann. She is going to have to decide, does she love Robyn and Terry more than she does me and Jeff!”
Florida State will play at Auburn in the year 2000 which will be Bobby Bowden’s 25th season as head coach of the Seminoles.