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Bowden, Fisher, and Gaither included in ESPN's list of 150 best college football coaches

Posted at 4:18 PM, Dec 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-10 16:23:01-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Former head coaches Bobby Bowden, Alonzo 'Jake' Gaither, and Jimbo Fisher have been included on ESPN's list of the 150 greatest head coaches in the last 150 years of college football.

Bowden's 377-129-4 record came in ranked at No. 8, while Gaither and his 203-36-4 record come in at 53rd on the list.

"When Bowden arrived at Florida State, it was a midsize independent, not above taking a paycheck game to keep the athletics department's doors open. When he left 43 years later, the Seminoles had established themselves as a national power," ESPN's list reads. "Bowden loved fireworks on offense and fast, physical play on defense. He developed two Heisman winners (Charlie Ward, Chris Weinke) and a generation of goodwill for Florida State."

Speaking about Gaither at FAMU, ESPN wrote his .844 career winning percentage ranks 11th among coaches at any NCAA level. Gaiter coached 42 future NFL players, including "Bullet" Bob Hayes, Willie Galimore and Ken Riley.

The rankings also include former FSU head coach and 2013 BCS champion Jimbo Fisher at No. 110 as well as former Noles' head coach Darrell Mudra at No. 114.

In eight seasons at Florida State, Fisher won three conference titles and the BCS national championship in 2013. He also coached quarterback Jameis Winston to the Heisman Trophy in 2013.

Mudra was at Florida State from 1974 to 1975, going 4-18. He later won Division II national titles at both North Dakota State (1965) and Eastern Illinois (1978) and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

To see ESPN's full list, click here.