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They play the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. But in Boca Raton, Florida, they are playing the “Son” Bowl.
The official name for Tuesday’s postseason matchup may be the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl, but the lineage of the two coaches offers the much easier-off-the-tongue subtitle.
Akron’s Terry Bowden is the son of Bobby Bowden, the man who made Florida State a two-time national champion. Florida Atlantic’s Lane Kiffin is the son of Monte Kiffin, recognized as one of football’s most creative defensive minds in the game and the father of the “Tampa Cover 2” defense.
“I’m old enough to put in Tampa-2 and had teams that began to use the defenses that he made legendary,” the younger Bowden said of the older Kiffin. “The impact he has made on college football, the NFL and college football, still is prominent today.”
In fact, Bowden will be up against Kiffin’s defense when his Zips (7-6) take on the Owls (10-3) at FAU Stadium. Monte Kiffin serves as the defensive coordinator for his son, who took over a team that was 3-9 in 2016 and hadn’t played in a bowl since 2008 and won a Conference USA championship in his first try.
The two legendary figures in the game do share something in common: their passion for the game.
“They weren’t just walk-around coaches,” Lane Kiffin said. “They were very hands-on. Players loved playing for them, and coaches loved coaching for them.”
This game will present an interesting contrast in styles.