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Bobby Bowden returns to Florida State for the first time since his retirement


Miami Herald Writer

This weekend — when No. 3 Florida State hosts North Carolina State — will mark the first time Bobby Bowden has returned to FSU since retiring after the 2009 season. More than 250 of Bowden’s former players also will be in attendance on Saturday.

“It’s what’s right about the world. I mean, he made Florida State. He was Florida State. It’s why we have this stadium, it’s why we have these facilities, it’s why we have academics, it’s why we have the school. It’s why we have everything,” said coach Jimbo Fisher, Bowden’s former offensive coordinator. “I’m extremely excited, because he’s my hero, too.”

• Junior running back James Wilder left Saturday’s game in the first half after sustaining a concussion and is listed day to day. “He took a pretty good shot, right on the chin,” Fisher said. “Like a boxer, right in the sweet spot.”

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