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Bowden delivered big wins, laughs

Originally Published: December 1, 2009
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

The stereotype of the successful Southern football coach once consisted of all hard edges and steely stares. He led through intimidation, measured his words, and treated football as the serious business that it is. He looked and sounded a lot like Gen. Robert Neyland to one generation, Bear Bryant to another.

That is the world in which Bobby Bowden became a coach. Bowden is none of those things. He leads without intimidation and measures his words by the gross. He treats football ...

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