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Bowden confirms he was pushed out FSU door

When it was announced at the beginning of this month that Bobby Bowden‘s tenure as Florida State’s head coach would come to an end after the bowl game, it was widely assumed — but never really confirmed — that Bowden had no choice but to step down as the Seminoles’ coach.

Today, Bowden confirmed that staying for another season was an option that was taken off the table by school officials.

Speaking to the Associated Press following his last practice as FSU’s coach, Bowden was asked if he wanted to stay for one more season.

I wanted to, but that was out,” Bowden said. “I’m disappointed, but that wears off.”

Even given how his 34-year career in Tallahassee ended, Bowden said he had no regrets about anything that happened during his 50-plus years in college football.

“No regrets whatsoever with the whole picture, big picture,” Bowden said. “I look at it for the 56 years, not what happened last year or the last four years or five years.”

The 80-year-old Bowden will coach his final game at FSU on New Year’s Day in the Gator Bowl against West Virginia.

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13 Responses to “Bowden confirms he was pushed out FSU door”
  1. hammers says: Dec 22, 2009 8:00 PM

    This is a non-story. Of course he was pushed out. He’s 80 freakin years old and barely had a say in the program over the last 5 years….

  2. drew says: Dec 22, 2009 8:27 PM

    Hammer
    you jerk off….Bobby Bowden was class and your clueless

  3. uncommonjohn says: Dec 22, 2009 9:09 PM

    I find myself wondering if Bowden’s wife still feels like the Bowdens are “bigger than this university”. It was a good run and he had his share of glory moments, but time caught up with him. I doubt he will find time to watch Joe Paterno add to his record of most wins. I always admired Joe P most because of his battle with bad winter weather up in Pa as opposed to sunshine and short pants in Tallahassee. I think Bowden bolted from WVa winters for that very reason.

  4. rolltide says: Dec 22, 2009 9:17 PM

    Bobby Bowden was “classy”, but didn’t win games, and presided over a program he’d allow to descend into mediocrity, with players suspended for academics and wins vacated.
    But hey, it doesn’t matter if your once great program becomes the little sister to Florida and even Miami, what’s important is your bumbling old coach who can’t remember his player’s names or coach his way out of a wet paper bag is “classy”.

  5. DCroz says: Dec 22, 2009 9:37 PM

    Bobby Bowden will go down as one of the greatest coaches in college football history, and the way it has all ended for him is a sad close to a spectacular career.
    Still, this is the way Bowden chose to close it out. He could (and should) have bowed out gracefully a few years ago before his faculties clearly began to fade and spared FSU the spectacle of the school having little choice but to force him out. He said he wanted just one more year before Jimbo Fischer’s contract mandated he become HC or get $5 mil, but he’s been as recalcitrant as Brett Farve on finally calling it quits, so who knows what he would have really been wanting this time a year from now? Bowden finally forced FSU’s hand.
    Now if Joe Pa would just learn from Bowden’s fate before we see this same scenario played out in Happy Valley…

  6. drew says: Dec 22, 2009 11:10 PM

    you guys can have an opinion, except why did a girls college ever become a football powerhouse…why because of Bobby Bowden”
    Joe Paterno had a bad run, but no one is forcing him out now…are they?

  7. PolegoJim says: Dec 23, 2009 11:15 AM

    Bowden was and is a class act
    …which doesn’t change the fact that he should have been gone 5 years ago so the team could rebuild around a new HC.

  8. Pier588 says: Dec 23, 2009 4:06 PM

    The clock is ticking on Jimbo Fisher’s tenure at FSU.
    He’s toast if the ‘Noles finish next season with the same or worse record as this year.

  9. the earl says: Jul 7, 2010 11:13 AM

    Bobby Bowden created football @ The Florida

  10. the earl says: Jul 7, 2010 11:27 AM

    Bobby Bowden created football at the Florida College for Women. There waws nothing wrong with his”faculties.” Bobby is a good family man in a day when this is seldom seen. I’m a Gator alumnus, and a West Virginian, so I’ve followed Bobby’s career. He is one of the best. We’ll see how Free Shoes U. does in the next 5 years. I think they’ll be mediocre at best even in the weak basketball in which they play.
    the Earl

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