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Source: Bowden forced out

Posted on: December 1, 2009 12:12 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2009 1:16 pm

 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 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 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.

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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2009 9:42 pm

Source: Bowden forced out

Although it is very sad that Bobby B was forced out I think it is best for him. He is an old man and I would not want to see him keel over and die on the sideline during a game. His heart is not as strong as it was when he was 25, 40 or even 60 years old. Something tells me that FSU will be losing alot morwe games next year. That can't be good for anyone's heart..much less an 80 year old. Am I right?

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Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2009 5:42 pm

Source: Bowden forced out

What terms was Bobby gonna leave on? FSU has dropped drastically the last ten years and very few coaches have ever been able to go out on top. Bear Bryant, Shug Jordan, Charlie McClendon, Johnny Majors all spent many years at a school and were kind of forced to the side. If the team keeps sliding do you wait for him to win 9 games? 10 games? What's the magic number for a happy ending? FSU was nothing before Bowden and I remember watching them on the old Mizlou network back in 1977 putting a beating on Texas Tech in the Tangerine Bowl and thinking "they sure have cool uniforms". It was time to go and hopefully he has twenty more years in the tank.

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2009 11:47 am

Source: Bowden forced out

They should have let the man have 1 more year. Bobby Bowden IS FSU. The best thing ever at fsu and you all fuged it up. Just another reason why FSU SUCKS. The Gators will rule you forever.

Molly Hatchett
Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2009 11:44 am
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Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2009 7:54 am

Not the way this should end

Coach Bobby Bowden finds himself on the outside looking in.  I would agree that the time is right for him to leave the team, but disagree fully with the honor and methods that the FSU AD office is pushing him out the door.  In no way should he be forced to leave with an announcement at the end of a season.  He deserves an entire season of farewell and recognition.  Each game building on the anticipation of his last home game, last away game, last time playing any team.  This short lived and quick farewell does not do the great ball coach any justice at all, and the FSU AD office should feel the affect of doing this to the individual who turned their team into a powerhouse.  These last few years FSU has felt the result of the current scholarship restrictions and sanctions placed on the team.  As an FSU fan I find it hard to understand how this has fallen out and how such a school could make this happen to such an icon.

Since: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2009 11:36 pm

Source: Bowden forced out

This may very well hurt this FSU program. Did PSU give up on Joepa in the early 2000s, when the team was so-so? No, they let him continue coaching, and he has been a very consistent top-20 team.

Since: May 27, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2009 11:21 pm
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Since: May 27, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2009 11:19 pm
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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2009 11:09 pm

Source: Bowden forced out

Good article. Using "sources" who can't be named to make sure we all know that Bowden wasn't really ready to retire is very classy and makes for a very convincing story. A model of ethical and accurate journalism. Letting him retire with the respect he has earned certainly would be the wrong thing to do in today's world.

I may be wrong, but at 80 years of age and two national championships, I would think that the greatest influence for Bobby Bowden retiring would be Ann Bowden, his wife. I would assume that Bowden had no plans of coaching until his demise, so he really did retire his way: when he had to.

Congratulations to Coach Bobby Bowden on being one of the best to ever coach the game of football. Congratulations to the writer of this article for...I don't know.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2009 11:05 pm
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