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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: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2009 10:59 pm

Source: Bowden forced out

WTF does this mean?  Are you even sober?  Where did Michigan come into the picture?  Regarding "NO Michigan coach ever acheived what Bobby did," do you mean win National Championships?  Because Michigan has 7 too Bobbie's two.  Bobby's winning percentage of .717 is lower than every Michigan coach, other than Rodriguez, going back to Bump Elliot in the late 50s/ early 60s.

Other than lead Free Shoes University and have a bunch of wins vacated because his players didn't always go to class, I'm not sure what Bobby did that coaches at Michigan didn't do.

Now Bobbie gets the chance to get confused during the Denny's early-bird special rather than in the 4th quarter.  He's got that going for him.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2009 10:46 pm

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Emotional for me, as a Seminole fan and alumni will miss him. I don't think Fisher is the answer either. The offense showed it could put 40+ on a lot of teams, unfortunately the defense gives up just as much. Fisher brings the SEC to the ACC, even with Bowden as head coach, the ACC was pretty tough these past seasons that Fisher was OC.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2009 10:44 pm

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Penn State should be able to do a whole lot better than the Gator.  Plus, Joe beat BB the last time they met.  That dog won't hunt twice.

Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2009 8:19 pm

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I agree with you 100%, but he should have left 5 years ago.  FSU did everything they could to let him leave with dignity.  You can't put a price on what Bowden did for FSU, but the longer he stayed the more he was tearing down what he built up.  FSU had no choice but to do what they did.  BB was great for college football.  I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he did.

As a kid in the late 70's early 80's if I remember correctly, FSU was losing late in the forth quarter and FSU was punting inside their own 20 and Bowden called for a fake punt and FSU scored on the fake punt to win.  Greatest call I ever remember seeing. I was young and may not remember this correctly, but some of you long time FSU fans may recall if this happened or not.

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2009 7:56 pm

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Dont worry Gabbo, your job is not in jeopardy. I think you should have some respect for a legend and put your personal prejudices aside.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2009 7:52 pm

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Money is absolutely the issue.  FSU has not made a significant bowl appearance in several years and we all know the #1 source of funds for the University is the football program, not education.  If you have doubts, ask Donna Shelala in Miami after she tried to "tone down" the football program and what that did for the Univer$ity.
It is a shame he was run out the way he was.  Pure greed.  Nothing else.

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2009 7:43 pm

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And you are? 9 coaches in A Div one program WOW.  Name someone who will have same impact in a program for 40+ years?  Notre Dame Admit it. You have'nt been a player since Coach Holtz left and  Bobby won  all the years in between.  Thanks Coach

Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2009 7:20 pm

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I believe Bowden has already been a "ceremonial figurehead" for several years and had does very little actual coachingfor most of this decade. 

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2009 7:07 pm

Source: Bowden forced out

problem is that he should have announced his final season several seasons back. it has been 1 dissappointing season after another. the lack of talent, preparation, no real directon. giving an offensive coordinator job to his son and who was in way over his head. i keep hearing let him go out on his terms. can anyone tell me what his terms are? 14-0 and a 3rd national championship, 11-2, 8-5, 6-7, c'mon his terms were going to be when he was ready to go. after this year, next year, who knows 3 years down the road. he did not sign a lifetime contract and FSU was not obligated to keep him after sitting through 8 down years. yes, he took a bottom of the barrel program a turned it into a dominating force for 20 years. outstanding, great, a legend no less. all appreciated by true 'nole fans and any college football fans can see he was 1 of the greatest, but the time has come and it is (today) and will truly be a sad day (after the bowl game i guess they are going to) when he finally leaves the field as coach for the final time. unfortunately FSU is left looking like the bad guys. bobby's coaching career is legendary and almost unmatched. yes, this is a sad, sad day as a 'nole fan and will be even sadder in the next couple of weeks when it is finally over. it is time for a change, a new direction, get the recruiting wars going again where FSU is obviously failing. THANKS BOBBY FOR 34 GREAT YEARS, YOU WILL BE MISSED, THE GREATEST SEMINOLE. let us all enjoy his last month there and GO "NOLES!!!!

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2009 6:53 pm

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Ego and money these AD and School Presidents don't like to play second fiddle to the Head football coach, they want to be in control. I feel sorry for these players who are caught up in this mess. Spetman has made his mark of FSU football without playing one down, by helping to pushout the face of Florida State football. Go Noles

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