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Goodbye, Saint Bobby. You deserved better.

Posted on: November 30, 2009 8:33 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2009 9:15 pm

This is not the way Bobby Bowden wanted to go out. You could already see it in the early reports that the great coach was expected to retire.

Saint Bobby went to a lunch “for about an hour” Monday afternoon with president T.K. Wetherell and athletic director Randy Spetman. He came back the soon-to-be former coach at Florida State.

It was a gentlemen’s knee capping. You leave the office the Bobfather of a football dynasty. You come back with your career in a pine box with a press release draped over it. According to reports, they gave the coach a choice: become a ceremonial figure with little day-to-day input into the program or retire.

Thirty-four years and they don’t even let you go out on your own terms. No farewell tour, just – farewell. Bowden wanted one more year, one more shot. What was it going to hurt? Florida State wasn’t going to win the national championship, probably wasn’t going to win the ACC, but Bowden deserved a chance a season-long goodbye wave from his parade float.

The administration is the one who put the program in this situation why not let it play out? That’s why the school had a coach-in-waiting. Jimbo Fisher was never Bobby’s idea anyway. It seemed like a seamless transition. Then the seams ripped.

Recruiting went downhill. Defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews lost his touch. The ACC got better and beat the Seminoles with relish. If Saturday’s beat down at Florida was the final straw, then that was foolish and reactive.

What did you think was going to happen, Team Wetherell/Spetman? This program has bigger problems than Bobby hanging on one more year. It needs to start going head-to-head with Florida in recruiting again. It needs a defensive coordinator hired by Fisher.

What you did Monday, should have been done three years ago. At this point, what’s the difference? The transition to Fisher could have been made in 2010 with Bobby accepting retirement rocking chairs from adoring rivals at midfield before every road game. They could have made that final home game next year like a Super Bowl. It would have sold out, something that hasn’t happened in a while at Doak.

Bobby’s last home game will go down as a win over Maryland that clinched a bowl berth before about 30,000 empty seats. The program had come full circle. No one cared before Bobby got there. They were starting to care less at the end.

A wise man once said that an attendance decline will get a coach in trouble more than anything. There’s no dignity in that, no glory.

Sure, Bowden let it get that way but so did his bosses. They deserve some of the blame. Let’s just hope they picked up the tab for Bobby’s farewell lunch.

It was quick and quiet. Something tells me Bobby never wanted to go out that way.

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Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2009 9:55 pm

Goodbye, Saint Bobby. You deserved better.

The Seminole faithful thank you. Good luck to your gators saturday.

Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2009 9:53 pm

Goodbye, Saint Bobby. You deserved better.

Good, we don't want you anyway. I've loved the old man since I started in 1978. But if you knew what he was doing behind the scenes than you would feel different.  If you read, linked on the FSU page on this sight, and if you still feel the way you do. Then you are a blind fool. We don't want the Bowden fans, we want the FSU fans. They are two different people.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2009 9:47 pm

Goodbye, Saint Bobby. You deserved better.

Well said, Florida State may regret making this move, let Bowden go on his own terms.  Bottom line, he deserves it!  Bobby Bowden not only saved Florida State football, he put it on the map, he won national championships, he won ACC championships when the Noles joined the ACC, and last but not least he is only second to Joe Paterno in career wins for Division I NCAA coaches.  Not sure what more he could have delivered?  Lately the team has not been great but watching them this year they were only a few plays away from being great and once the Noles start to execute which takes experience they will be national title contenders and they really only looked a year away.

Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2009 9:45 pm

Goodbye, Saint Bobby. You deserved better.

do you really wish for FSU to continue to suck?  give some credit to the university for having the foresight to be proactive and go against the ridicuous complacency and bowden worship that affects most FSU fans.  FSU does not have rich tradition to fall back on: they have one ten year stretch of greatness, fueled more by floriad athletes than bobby bowden.   That stretch will not carry you very far as it fades into history, obscured by years of mediocrity.  FSU will be great again, w/out bowden.  just you watch

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2009 9:40 pm

Goodbye, Saint Bobby. You deserved better.

This is a blog, not an article. It's less bound by the rules that govern proper journalism, so cut Dodd some slack. Conjecture and insight are acceptable in such a format, even with the loosest factual basis. No need to be a d!ck.

Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2009 9:38 pm

Goodbye, Saint Bobby. You deserved better.

give us some examples mr. insider? not to be a richardhead, but i am a total outsider, and not a fan of FSU in any way, and everything in the article fits my perception (and i rarely read dodd).  i have wondered for years why they didn't push bowden out earlier.  when i asked an FSU alum at my law school why they didn't push him out sooner, he gave a typical FSU response: bobby built it so he can stay as long as he wants.  that makes no sense at all, and that attitude is why you've been average to bad for years.  FSU football was built on the strength of florida athletes, w/ bowden the beneficiary.  you still get a lot of great athletes, but struggle in the ACC, which is not the greatest conference in football.  To me, that screams bad coaching all day long.  i guarantee FSU football will be better and soon, w/out bobby bowden.  as a further point, he's like a million yrs old: give someone else a chance already, while they're young

Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2009 9:32 pm

Goodbye, Saint Bobby. You deserved better.

Coach Bobby Bowden was a helluva coach. He reminds a lot like the legendary Don Shula. They both had the utmost allegiance to their coaches. They both built great dynasties. They both probably coach a few years longer than they should have. Eventually the game passes us all by. It's a new day in college football. One in which Coach Bowden no longer embraces. But we cannot forget what he accomplished at Florida State, the 14 or 14 years straight finishing the in the top 5. Even as a gator fan, I have to give him credit for that. Later Coach Bowden. Enjoy your retirement, you definitely earned and dserve it. Go Gators!

Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2009 9:31 pm

Goodbye, Saint Bobby. You deserved better.

You have no idea of what you speak of so you should probably keep quiet. You arent a long time Florida State fan you are a Long time Bobby Bowden please get it right. you want to get educated and learn something go check it out.

Since: Dec 17, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2009 9:25 pm

Goodbye, Saint Bobby. You deserved better.

That was a great comment from a soccer fan...I hope Dumbo loses his rear.....

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2009 9:24 pm

Goodbye, Saint Bobby. You deserved better.

Dodd, They named a coach in waiting in 07. They erected bronze statues of him in front of the stadium. They named the field after him?  Do you think this should have alerted Bobby way back when? Apparently not because he hung in there like a fly on a turd. What makes it so sweet is that his old lady was hurling insults at the University a couple of weeks ago. Like, " If they have the guts, go ahead and fire him? " They need us more than we need them!" Well suck it up Ann. Your mouth sealed the deal. He was a great coach, but so were many others who got told to hit the road. The university has fully repayed BB for his tenure, believe me. Now everybody jumps on the sympathy bandwagon?

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