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College Notebook: Cavanaugh Remembers Bobby Bowden

In nearly 40 years as a college football coach, including stops at five different ACC programs, it's no wonder that Jim Cavanaugh had some thoughts on the passing of distinguished former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden.

"It's funny,"said Cavanaugh, who spent most of his career under Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech. "I coached against [Bowden] when he was at West Virginia and Florida State. He knew who I was but he knew me more as Chuck's friend."

When Cavanaugh was on the staff at N.C. State, one of his colleagues was Chuck Amato, twice the assistant head coach at Florida State sandwiched around his six-year tenure as the head coach at State.

"I coached against [Bowden] on both sides of the ball, on offense when I was at N.C. State and North Carolina, and then defense at Tech," Cavanaugh said.

'The ol' boy could recruit. He had good players, and I'll tell you this: they played hard. He also had a great staff, too, now. I think, sometimes, that gets lost in the shuffle with some of these big-time guys. They could coach 'em up, too, now."

Cavanaugh worked at so many places that it's hard to remember, but he does remember a stint at Maryland and going up against a Bowden-coached West Virginia team.

Bowden got to Florida State in 1976 and Maryland left the ACC in 2015.

"I coached against some national championship teams," said Cavanaugh, now retired and living in the Charlotte area., "and the '93 team at Florida State was the best team I'd ever seen in a game."

Charlie Ward was the quarterback of that FSU team, which also featured linebacker Derrick Brooks.

There weren't many coaches who could rival Bowden as a recruiter.

"I'm sure [Bowden] had that old-folksy charm that put parents at ease when he walked in the room,," Cavanaugh said. "Coach Beamer [at Tech] had that. Mack Brown [at North Carolina] was different, but he was phenomenal in the home."

Guy's New Home

After playing in 31 games this past season for the Sacramento Kings. former Virginia basketball star Kyle Guy has surfaced with the Golden State Warriors.

Guy played 7.8 minutes per game and averaged 2.8 points on a team that used 24 players during the 2020-21 season. He was a second-round draft pick of the Kings in 2020.

"It's definitely a business, but it still sucks and it's bittersweet," Guy told an ABC affiliate in Sacramento. "I got so close with that team and didn't even get a proper goodbye or anything like that. Didn't even get a phone call from anyone in the organization.

”That's one of the best arenas in all of sports, so I'm gonna miss it."

Recruiting

UVa baseball signee Matthew Buchanan, a left-handed pitcher from Lebanon High School, had a 0.00 earned-run average as a senior and finished his Lebanon career with a 24-0 win-loss record..

Buchanan is known to have held six baseballs in his left hand at one time, according to Tim Hayes of the Bristol Herald-Courier, which selected Buchanan as its player of the year.

The Herald Courier keeps up with Mac McClung, who scored a Virginia High School League record with 2,801 points at Gate City School before playing collegiately at Georgetown and Texas Tech.

After McClung was not selected in the NBA Draft, he was picked up by the Los Angeles Lakers, who added him to their summer camp roster.

Sports Club

Pete D'Amour, softball coach at Virginia Tech, will be joined by pitching ace Keely Rochard as speakers Monday night at the Roanoke Valley Sports Club, starting at 5:45 p.m. The Hokies got to the NCAA Super Regionals last year and finished 37-15, with Rochard going 71-20 for her career.

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