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Bobby Bowden, Legendary Florida State Soccer Coach, Dies at 91

Bobby Bowden, the Hall of Fame coach who won more than 350 games and made Florida State one of the great dynasties of college football with two national championships, has died. He was 91 years old.

Bobby's son Terry confirmed to The Associated Press that his father died at home surrounded by his family early Sunday morning. Florida State also announced the news on social media.

Bobby Bowden announced on July 21 that he had a terminal illness that his family later said was pancreatic cancer. He had been treated for prostate cancer more than a decade ago.

With charm and wit, Bowden racked up 357 victories during his 40 years as a major college coach, from little Samford, his alma mater, then known as Howard College, to West Virginia and finally to Florida State, where he was 315-98-4. The Seminoles were a force during his 34 seasons as coach, winning 12 Atlantic Coast Conference championships and national titles in 1993 and 1999.

Bowden retired after the 2009 season with a Gator Bowl victory over West Virginia in Florida State's 28th consecutive postseason appearance, a victory that gave him their 33rd consecutive winning season.

Bobby Bowden, head coach of the Florida State Seminoles (right) with Brad Scott, his offensive coordinator on the bench during the NCAA Division IA independent college football game against the University of Michigan Wolverines on September 28, 1991 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. (Photo by Damien Strohmeyer / Allsport / Getty Images)

AP sports writer John Zenor in Alabama and former AP sports deputy editor John Affleck contributed to this report.

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