Tuesday, February 3, 2009

NOLES: COACH IN, BAD BOY OUT

Bobby Bowden signed a one-year contract last week to coach a 34th season at Florida State, prolonging his duel with Penn State’s Joe Paterno to see who will retire as college football’s all-time leader in wins.

Yesterday, Bowden sacked wide receiver Preston Parker after yet another arrest.

The junior was dismissed from the team Monday in a one-sentence statement released by the school. Parker, who met with Bowden before the announcement, will remain in school on scholarship.

The 21-year-old Parker, from Delray Beach, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after Tallahassee police found him asleep in his running car early Saturday.

The police report said Parker admitted he had been drinking and smoking marijuana. It was the third time Parker has been arrested since 2006.

Regarding Bowden, the school’s announcement said Bowden will be paid just under $2.5 million, the same as last year.

Bowden’s 382 career wins are one fewer than Paterno, the all-time leader among major college coaches. Paterno, 82, recently signed a three-year extension. Bowden has an option for 2010.

It is speculated that both will coach until one of them dies.

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