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July 2, 2013
Bobby Bowden to help FSU Athletics with fund-raising
In addition to returning to Florida State for two games this fall, college coaching legend Bobby Bowden has signed a two-year agreement, with an option for a third, with the Seminole Boosters. The purpose of this agreement is for marketing and promotions with the ultimate goal of raising money for Florida State Athletics.
During each year of the contract Bowden will make both public and private appearances, which is tentatively called the Legacy Tour. According to Seminole Booster Sr. Vice President Jerry Kutz, the tour with Bowden will not conflict with the Spring Tour that features current FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher. The contract calls for Bowden to devote 10 days each year to fund-raising stops.
The idea to bring Bowden back to help with fund-raising came from Seminole Boosters President Andy Miller. But this took place only after FSU president Eric Barron invited him back for a couple games this fall.
"I am delighted," said Barron in an FSU press release. "Coach has always been a great friend-raiser, and it will be an emotional time for his legions of fans to see him back on Bobby Bowden Field this fall. This new agreement will allow us to bring Coach Bowden to our supporters around the country and allow them to share in this positive spirit."
In addition to making several fund-raising appearances, the 83-year old Hall of Fame coach granted Seminole Boosters the right to use his name and likeness under an exclusive licensing agreement. Fifty percent of the proceeds from this part of the personal services contract, which is separate from the other fund-raising agreement, will go to support FSU Athletics.
"We are super excited, this is like a dream come true," Kutz told Warchant.com. "Our fans have been wanting it and we felt the timing was right. Bobby has got such value to the university and it's really going to help fund-raising."
The agreement between Bowden and the Seminole Boosters will begin in January of 2014 and run through the end of 2015 unless it is renewed for a third year.
"I am excited about being back," Bowden said. "One of the things I missed most about Florida State was the Seminole Boosters banquets that I did. You do that for 34 years, you get real personal. You've been knowing them for 34 years so it will feel good to see a lot of (friends) again.
"I graduated from Samford University back in 1952 but I worked for Florida State University for 34 years, so, naturally it becomes my number one school. (The money raised) goes to a young man or woman who gets an education, then becomes a productive citizen with a good job, and the first thing you know they are donating (a scholarship) back because they realize what the university meant to them. I just hope I can do my part."
This fund-raising agreement will provide Bowden with a base of $250,000 per year. In addition he will receive half of the net royalty income from licensing.
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