Thursday, December 13, 2007

BOWDEN TO COACH UNTIL 2076

Jimbo Fisher will succeed Bobby Bowden as Florida State's next football coach — someday. President T.K. Wetherell designated offensive coordinator Fisher as "head coach-in waiting," but skipped out of a somewhat unusual news conference Monday without answering questions about the contracts that are not yet finalized.

Bowden, major college football's winningest coach, agreed to return for a 33rd season with options to stay longer.

"Every year I'll just re-sign it and tell 'em if I want to coach another year," Bowden said. "I couldn't ask for anything better than that."

Bowden, Fisher and interim athletic director Bill Proctor all skirted questions about what Proctor described as "agreement(s) in principle" that gives "stability to our program."

Some Florida State alums and fans believe the new agreement will allow Bowden to coach “from the grave” through the 2076 season.

(AP Photo/Phil Coale)

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