Christopher Smith

Bowden To Make First Appearance At FSU

Oct 23, 2013 1:44 PM EST

Bobby Bowden is one of the most esteemed college football coaches ever, but his final days at Florida State featured some ugly politics as many within the program's circle appeared ready for a new leader.

Bowden has taken care to keep his distance since coaching his final game in the 2010 Gator Bowl, but it appears he and the school have buried the hatchet.

The coach will make his first appearance at a Florida State game since his retirement and will plant the Seminoles' famous spear at midfield prior to Saturday's game against N.C. State.

"I'm excited about it, getting to see a lot of people," Bowden told

Florida State also will honor the 1993 national championship team Nov. 16 against Syracuse, and Bowden will be a part of that ceremony.

Jimbo Fisher, Bowden's longtime replacement in waiting, has the Seminoles (6-0, 4-0) ranked No. 2 in the initial BCS standings after a blowout win at Clemson. There appears to be no lingering war of loyalty, as many of the current seniors were recruited when Bowden was coach and praised the legend this week.

Bowden accrued 304 of his 377 career wins at FSU, also coaching at West Virginia and Howard College (now Samford University, an FCS school). He finished his career with the Seminoles with 33 consecutive winning seasons and won at least 10 games from 1987-2000, including national titles in '93 and '99.