That's it for Bobby Bowden. He's done at Florida State.
If you read between the lines on Monday, you don't need bifocals. The announcment Monday that Bowden will announce Tuesday his coaching future clearly is an indicactor that the 80-year-old godfather of college football is retiring. If he was coming back, he would have said so as soon as possible.
Clearly, he has been talked out of his plan to return in 2010. That's what Sunday and Monday were for. That gives him a day to call friends and former players to let them know the news. That, and allowing enough time to set up for one of the great send-offs in the history of the sport.
Given the 24-hour news cycle, word of Bowden's retirement might leadk out before you read this.
In a way, his departure leaves a void. But Bowden stayed on way too long. At least the program didn't get run into the ground. There is some offensive talent for Jimbo Fisher to build on. But it was pitiful Saturday watching FSU try to compete with Florida. Florida State is so far behind that it may take years to get back its swagger.
For now, it's been great, Bobby. Thanks for the memories.