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STEVE REED AP Sports Writer
(AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney called Bobby Bowden a “model” that other college coaches should follow.
“He was such a great example of not losing sight of the main thing: a man of faith, a great husband, a great father,” Swinney said in a statement posted on Clemson’s football Twitter account. Bowden, who won 377 games over four decades leading programs and built Florida State into one of college football’s great dynasties with two national championships, died at 91.
Alabama coach Nick Saban said Bowden showed that coaches can compete against one another with respect, admiration and even friendship.
“That … example of being a good person is something that can help us all professionally,” Saban told reporters. “He wasn’t always just about him; he was always about helping other people.”
Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher followed Bowden in 2010 at Florida State after spending a few seasons as his offensive coordinator.
“He was so normal,” Fisher said about his for- mer boss. “He could make you feel like you knew him for 20 years in the first two minutes you ever talked to him. He was so genuine and honest just sitting there telling stories about ball and coaching.” Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer coached against Bowden five times during his tenure as Florida coach from 2005-10.
“Today, we lost a legend,” tweeted Meyer, now the head coach of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. “Bobby was a great friend and mentor to me, and his impact transcended the coaching profession in so many ways.”