Tuesday, December 1, 2009

BOWDEN MAKES IT OFFICIAL

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will end his 44-year coaching career after the Seminoles' bowl game.

Bowden will retire as the second-winningest coach in major college football behind Penn State's Joe Paterno. The 80-year-old Bowden has won 388 games in his career at Samford, West Virginia and Florida State, where he spent the last 34 seasons.

"Nothing lasts forever, does it? But I've had some wonderful years here at Florida State, you know it," Bowden said in a satellite feed interview provided by the school. "Hadn't done as good lately as I wish I could have, but I've had wonderful years, no regrets."

Bowden won two national titles with Florida State, in 1993 and 1999. Among his top achievements was a string of 14 straight seasons, ending in 2000, where the Seminoles won at least 10 games and finished ranked in the top five of the AP poll.

Florida State was 152-19-1, an .864 winning percentage, during that span.

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