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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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Comments

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2009 9:24 pm
 

Coach Bowden Thank You-Florida State Shame on You

How humiliating to end the career of one of the all-time great coaches as this debacle. I live in
Kentucky and have been a life long Florida State fan for one reason-Bobby Bowden. Absolute
classless act by the University and a disgrace that his assistant would agree to take over under
these conditions. I hope Bowdens former players raise a stink and the Seminole boosters go
on the "warpath"! This could have been done in a much more professional way and a more
dignifying way to a coach who was inducted into the Hall of Fame while still active. You will never
see Penn State stoop this low. I am no longer a Seminole fan. My gear is trash and I will never
purchase another item. Coach Bowden-Thank You 



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2009 9:17 pm
 

Goodbye, Saint Bobby. You deserved better.

Good Riddance!!  College football is 100% better off without him and his "good ol' boy" way of doing things.  Remember the opposing coach in the movie The Water Boy?  That's what Bobby Bowden reminds me of.  Win at all costs, even if there is no integrity involved.  That's Bobby Bowden.



Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2009 9:16 pm
 

Dodd's an idiot, but I'm probably a bigger one...

for even reading the article.  As is his MO, very little actual factual evidence and a great deal of his ignorant conjecture.  Please have someone else write his articles from now on.  Congrats on a great career Coach Bowden.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2009 8:54 pm
 

Goodbye, Saint Bobby. You deserved better.

Seldom right and wrong again Dodd.  Bowden brought this end upon himself.  Yet another example of an ego too large to accept that the game passed him by years ago.  If he wasn't such a delusional glory-hound, he would have announced his retirement when it was appropriate and avoided this embarrassment.  He ended up as pathetic as his now-bottom-dwelling program.



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2009 8:53 pm
 

Thank you Bobby!

Thank you for the countless memories you gave us Seminole fans!  I am excited to see where Jimbo will take us, but we owe you the utmost gratitude!



Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2009 8:53 pm
 

Goodbye, Saint Bobby. You deserved better.

As a current student at florida state i can tell you that we the students respect him but want to win and it sucks that we dont. Every game this year had student tickets to give, we couldnt even give the tickets away. Bobby Bowden was a figure head who just stood on the sidelines. He will be missed but we are ready for a new era to begin and dont get me wrong i respect the hell of the man but the game has passed him by.



Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2009 8:51 pm
 

Goodbye, Saint Bobby. You deserved better.

As someone who is involved in the program, an alumnus and long time supporter of Coach Bowden's, I can tell you this:  it's too bad that you chose not to do any fact finding before writing this piece.  Had you done so, you'd realize that much of what you just wrote couldn't be any further from the truth.  But hey, whatever sells, right Dennis?



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2009 8:50 pm
 

Bowden Is The Best Recruiter for The Gators

I wished Bowden would stay forever.   He is the best recruiting tool for the Gators besides Urban Meyer!

Dad Gummit.....now UF may have to actually compete for top recruits...



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2009 8:48 pm
 

Goodbye, Saint Bobby. You deserved better.

I wished Bowden would stay forever.   He is the best recruiting tool for the Gators besides Urban Meyer!

Dad Gummit.....now UF may have to actually compete for top recruits...




Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2009 8:48 pm
 

Goodbye, Saint Bobby. You deserved better.

Bobby built that program. I hate to see what happens after this for that program. Be careful what you wish for Florida State, this could really be a bad omen for a program who has history that was built on Bobby Bowden running the football team and building it up during the 1980's. Unfortnatly this could turn out very badly for Florida State.


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