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Bobby Bowden's last season at FSU

Posted on: October 5, 2009 11:31 am
Edited on: October 5, 2009 6:44 pm
 
At least that's what it sounds like.

Over the weekend, you had a beat writer and an influential columnist in Florida call for this to be Bobby Bowden's final season. Now the head of the FSU trustees is calling for BB to step down

The key phrase is "fund-raising has slowed considerably". That will put a coach in hot water quicker than anything. This could be a sad end to a great career. The school is fighting the NCAA over BB's 14 victories. The program is off to its worst start since 1976. Jimbo Fisher is not necessarily the answer as the coach in waiting. 

Oh, and Georgia Tech comes to town this week.  

FSU is in a box. Fisher has been on board for a large part of this downturn. There really is no other alternative unless the school wants to pay him the $5 million it would owe him to go away. Ask yourself, if that job opened up today would Fisher be in the top three candidates, top five? FSU may want to make a change, but it can't make a change. It made its decision three years ago when it brought in Fisher.

There is talent in Tallahassee. Lots of it. Give Tommy Tuberville that team (for example), I bet he wins the ACC or comes damn close.
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Since: Jun 29, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2009 6:54 pm
 

Bobby Bowden's last season at FSU

Patient? I'm no FSU fan either, but they haven't been great in 8-9 years, JoPa never had that much consecutive trouble. I agree don't force him out, but its time for a change at FSU.



Since: Jun 29, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2009 6:52 pm
 

Bobby Bowden's last season at FSU

The 90's? I think not, but you could at least be a perennial ACC title contender with the right coach. Bowden's run of Top 5 teams and national championships is unparalled, look at Pete Carroll, all the success he has had at USC, albeit a shorter amount of time is only half way to Bowden's record for top 5 finishes. Jimbo Fisher however has done nothing to prove he is a legit coach, I think Tuberville would be an excellent hire, Auburn made a mistake in firing him, despite their 5-0 mark. Getting Mark Richt back would be ideal, but why leave Georgia. FSU hasn't been a factor in 8-9 years, much like I watched with my Crimson Tide up until last season under Saban. Problem for FSU is, they have to promote Fisher or pay him $$, and with all those experienced coordinators (Andrews, Amato)that would likely be fired again, is going to eat up trustee dollars. Pass that hat, but I disagree with forcing Bowden out, let him leave on his own.



Since: May 31, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2009 1:28 pm
 

Bobby Bowden's last season at FSU

Tommy Tubberville led a mediocre Auburn team to an undefeated season through the SEC, and should have won a national championship if it wasn't for a lot of anti-SEC sentiment among voters.  He would be a much better candidate for this team than an assistant who is involved in all this "sniping" that has been described. 


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Since: Apr 11, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2009 12:05 pm
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Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2009 11:39 am
 

Bobby Bowden's last season at FSU

BTW, I'm laughing, cowpokes, absolutely dying laughing, at the notion that a trustee would "resign in shame."  I should live so long.
Yeah that would be funny wouldn't  it.



Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2009 11:36 am
 

Bobby Bowden's last season at FSU

Does he or does he not call the plays?  We have been poor on offense ever since Marc Richt left.  Jimbo has not turned the trend.  We put up decent numbers one season but the facts are the facts.  Jimbo is not getting the job done and does not appear to be the guy who can change things.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2009 11:23 am
 

Bobby Bowden's last season at FSU

Y'know, a decent kicker would make Bobby Bowden look a lot better, both now and in the "race" for most victories.  Seriously, that's pretty much the difference between FSU now and then ... a good kicker, a drift right or left.  The problem is perspective: FSU has remained at pretty much the same level, while BC, VaTech, and a couple other ACC schools have stepped up their game.  UF has gone beyond *anyone* in Florida or nationally, obviously.  But Bobby's just doing what Bobby's always done.

BTW, I'm laughing, cowpokes, absolutely dying laughing, at the notion that a trustee would "resign in shame."  I should live so long.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2009 8:08 am
 

Bobby Bowden's last season at FSU

Let's just put history in the right perspective.  Coach Bill Peterson is the founder of the FSU program.  Peterson was the coach when the Florida legislature passed the law that Florida/FSU should play every year.  And it was Bill Peterson's 1964 team that was the first to beat the Gators.  Throughout the 1960's, Peterson laid the groundwork for a solid program, a program that included All-Americans Fred Biletnikoff and Ron Sellers.  

After Peterson to become coach of the Houston Oilers, he was followed by Larry Jones and Darrell Mudra, whose incompetence laid waste to a great deal of the foundation laid.  Bobby Bowden came along in 1976 with a vow to repair the damage and get the program which Peterson founded back on track...to go keep it growing and going, a promise which he kept.  



Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2009 6:56 am
 

Bobby Bowden's last season at FSU

He's tired. He doesn't coach like he used to. Energy has run out.

FSU deserves new blood - fresh, vitalized,   

Time for a new coach



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2009 1:19 am
 

Bobby Bowden's last season at FSU

It's funny, 7 or 8 years ago, Penn State had a few off the field problems and was 6-6 or 7-5. Something like that. People were saying JoPa lost his touch and was suggesting he retire. At the time, Bowden was ahead of JoPa by like 5-10 wins. I remember people saying that JoPa was foolish to stay on for the all-time wins record because he would never catch Bowden. I remember being sure of it myself. FSU at the time was still a 9,10, or 11 win team every year. In those last 7 or 8 years things have changed dramatically. Now it is Bowden who will never catch JoPa, because it looks like it is over. I think Bowden is a good guy, and I don't like Penn State, but the better man prevailed in this one.


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