Bobby Bowden reacted Wednesday morning to a statement from FSU president T.K. Wetherell. Wetherell said Bowden will be evaluated at the end of the season.
"I appreciate his support. I think he’s wise," Bowden said of Wetherell during the ACC coaches conference call. "I’m very thankful."
"This dad gum team is so close to being 5-0. It ain't like we’re getting crushed ... The last time I went through this I was in Blacksburg, West Virginia, 1974," he continued. "I was going through the same dad gum thing. My president and athletic director came in and said, 'Bobby we don’t care what they say, you’re the guy.'
That was actually in Morgantown, West Virginia when Bowden was at West Virginia.
"When the season’s over I’ll let them know if I want to come back," Bowden said. "You heard the expression if you listen to you’re critics you’ll be sitting up there with them? ... If I was 40 years old I'd be shaking in my boots. Most of my career is behind me. What is concerning is, is it distractful for the team? I don't think it is.
"You'd like to go out on top.That's what's so disappointing to me. The season ain't over. Let's get the season over then see what happens."
"I have spoken with numerous fans, alumni, boosters, supporters and staff, and I will make a final report to the full Board of Trustees at the end of the year," Wetherall said. "Until then, FSU will concentrate on supporting our team and student-athletes in winning as many games as possible. Neither the university nor I will have further comment on this matter until then."