A source close to the Bowden family said Tuesday that there were no options given Bobby Bowden prior to what is expected to be his retirement announcement today.
“There were no three choices,” the source said. “They said, ‘We’re not renewing your contract.’ That’s how it ends.“
Multiple sources reported that Bowden met with school president T.K. Wetherell and athletic director Randy Spetman on Monday. Bowden was reportedly given “options” for his future that included becoming a ceremonial figurehead or retirement.
After that meeting CBSSports.com and other outlets reported that Bowden was expected to retire. The source said that Tuesday’s announcement will be portrayed as a retirement rather than what the source considered a forced resignation. There is no word if Bowden would attend a press conference announcing his departure.
Bowden told Warchant.com earlier that he was in control of his future.
“I make the decision, I make the decision,” he was quoted as saying.
Bowden was working on a series of one-year contracts. He just completed his 34th season at Florida State and has won 388 career games.