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Bowden tests positive for COVID-19

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Bobby Bowden has tested positive for COVID-19, his family told the Osceola on Monday morning. The legendary Florida State coach first disclosed the news to the Tallahassee Democrat.

Bowden has some mild symptoms, mainly fatigue. He is recovering at home from the surgery that he had on his leg last month. Bowden is recovering at home with his wife, Ann.

The 90-year-old Bowden has been active over the last year, speaking at churches and participating in a few fund-raising golf tournaments.

Bowden built the FSU football program from the ground up, taking over in 1976 and then turning in winning seasons from 1977 until his final year in 2009. With Bowden’s recruiting acumen and eye for young coaching talent, he hired smartly and built a dynasty with teams finishing in the top 4 of the AP poll in each season from 1987-2000.

FSU coach Mike Norvell began his opening comments on Monday at his press conference by wishing Bowden a speedy recovery.

“We’re thinking about coach,” Norvell said. “He will be in our thoughts and prayers. Hope he has a quick and speedy recovery. Definitely looking forward to seeing him around here very soon.”

Norvell said Bowden had visited with the team and spoken to the coaches, too.

This story will be updated. Jerry Kutz contributed to this report