Monday, November 30, 2009


Legendary Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, who built one of college football's greatest dynasties in 34 seasons with the Seminoles, plans to announce his retirement Tuesday morning, sources close to the situation told

Bowden, whose 388 career victories trail only Penn State's Joe Paterno as college football's winningest coach, met with FSU president TK Wetherell and athletic director Randy Spetman on Monday morning.

According to sources, Bowden was given two options: return to FSU in 2010 as an ambassador to the program, in which he would have little input in the day-to-day operations of the program, or retire after the Seminoles' upcoming bowl game.

Bowden, 80, led FSU to national championships in 1993 and '99 and 14 consecutive top-five finishes in the Associated Press top 25 poll from 1987 to 2000. But the Seminoles finished 6-6 after last week's 37-10 loss at No. 1 Florida, which was the third time in four seasons that FSU lost six games.

Nice, FSU, NICE!

(That was sarcasm for those of you unfamiliar with how we do things here at T.A.H.)

(Editor's Note: First off, we're assuming Bowden has been 'strongly encouraged' to step down. Secondly, Florida State is a perfectly good institution of higher learning, but...when it comes to sports, name recognition, recruiting power, endowments, lots of cash to support non-revenue producing sports etc. FSU would simply be Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Mississippi State (all good schools, but you get the point) etc. were it not for Bobby Bowden. Like Joe Pa, who put Penn State on the national map, Coach Dadgummit deserves better treatment from the people he has entertained and enriched.)

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