Samford to rename field after ex-coach Bobby Bowden

Samford will dedicate its football field in honor of the late Bobby Bowden in a ceremony Sept. 25.The field at F. Page Seibert Stadium will be renamed Bobby Bowden Field at halftime of Samford’s game against East Tennessee State. A statue of Bowden was erected outside the stadium in Birmingham, Ala., in 2013.Bowden, who passed away Aug. 8 at age 91, played quarterback at Samford from 1949-52, when the school was called Howard College. He became head football coach there in 1959 and tallied a 31-6 record over four seasons.He left in 1963 to take over as wide receivers coach at Florida State before becoming head coach at West Virginia (1970-75) and Florida State (1976-2009).