Bobby Bowden honored with ACC Commissioner's Cup

Dec. 3, 2011

Charlotte, N.C. ( - Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford will honor former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden with the Commissioner’s Cup during 2011 ACC Football Championship Game weekend.

Bowden, the winningest football coach in ACC history and one of the true legends of college football, becomes only the seventh recipient of the award given solely at the discretion of the Commissioner.

After enjoying an unprecedented 44-year coaching career which saw him finish with 377 victories, the second-highest total in NCAA FBS history, Bowden retired in 2009. His accomplishments for the Seminoles are legendary, including most wins, most conference wins and the best winning percentage of any ACC coach.

Bowden guided the Seminoles to 12 ACC football championships, twice as many as anyone else, and his team posted 14 seasons with 10 or more victories. A 2006 inductee into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame, Bowden led FSU to 28 consecutive bowl games, including, at one point, 14 straight without a loss. He also guided the ‘Noles to an unmatched 14 consecutive Top Five national finishes, including national championships in both 1993 and 1999.

Bowden also headlined the ACC’s Faith and Family event, addressing the crowd with lessons and stories from his successes both on and off the field, which will be held prior to the ACC Football Championship Game in the Charlotte Convention Center.

Before kickoff, Bowden will be on the field as an honorary captain and participate in the pregame coin toss.

About the 2011 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game
The 2011 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will be played December 3, at 8 p.m. at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium and will feature Atlantic Division Champion Clemson against Coastal Division Champion Virginia Tech. Tickets for the game are sold out. For all ACC Football Championship Game and ticket information visit the league’s official website at or The game will be nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN 3-D. The official Twitter hashtag for the event is #ACCfcg.