Willie Taggart’s head coaching debut at Florida State just got a little more special. With existing plans to both retire Peter Warrick’s #9 jersey and induct Coach Odell Haggins into the FSU Hall of Fame, Florida State announced another exciting treat for the Seminoles’ prime time showdown against Justin Fuente’s Virginia Tech Hokies on September 3rd.
Per the official school website, living legends Bobby Bowden and Frank Beamer will return to Tallahassee as honorary captains for their former teams’ much anticipated cross-divisional battle. The announcement comes as an absolute treat for college football fans across the board, as both men coached four decades of success at their respective schools. Bowden and Beamer famously squared off in the 1999 BCS championship, and last competed head to head in 2008, both games won by FSU.
For Bowden, this marks his second official return to the eponymous Bobby Bowden Field for a regular season contest, as he was honored prior to the 2013 blowout of NC State. While Bobby received a warm reception that afternoon, anticipate an exponentially more boisterous welcome back, considering the season opener kicks off at night under a new regime fully embracing its past. And Bowden deserves it.
Honoring a visiting team’s former player or coach is likely unprecedented at Doak Campbell Stadium, so chalk up yet another entertaining element to Taggart’s already impressive offseason of fan engagement.