I miss Bobby Bowden’s renegade Seminoles, who did plenty of good and bad things on and off the field. The difference was Bowden could tell armed robbery jokes better than anyone and get most matters reduced to running extra stadium steps.

I visited Bowden in December of 2006 in advance of a third-tier bowl game against UCLA. It was down year, with more to come, and the sense was it might be time for Bobby to go.

He had a mess of military books on his shelf, so I asked Bowden to rank his all-time generals.  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.