Bowden to retire after bowl game

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009 11:51 AM
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will end his 44-year coaching career after the Seminoles play in a 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.

"We've got one more game and I look forward to enjoying these next few weeks as the head football coach," Bowden said Tuesday in a statement released by the school.

Bowden won two national titles with Florida State, in 1993 and 1999. Among his top achievements was a string of 14 consecutive seasons ending in 2000 when 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.

"He set records of achievement on the field that will probably never be equaled," university president T.K. Wetherell said. "Bobby Bowden in many ways became the face of Florida State. It was his sterling personality and character that personified this university."

FSU officials announced after the 2007 season that offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher would succeed Bowden.

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WiiTodd
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WiiTodd 12/01/09 - 01:17 pm
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It's been fun, Bobby. Go

It's been fun, Bobby. Go enjoy life! Now, just remember, the Governor's plane is not for any jaunt you want, and shoes just don't show up free, and your players really don't know anything about music appreciation despite their grades in that course. - Steve Spurrier & Urban Meyer.

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myopinion001 12/01/09 - 02:06 pm
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maybe there will be a new

maybe there will be a new standard for FSU players to follow other than just playing dirty football and having consequences for their actions off the field.

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imdstuf 12/01/09 - 02:13 pm
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Are the Florida Gators

Are the Florida Gators setting that standard? They are the top team, despite having a long rap sheet and getting away with dirty play on the field. Louisville hired a guy who had high standards. Teams would rather have a classless guy like Bobby Patrino if they are winning. Besides, Bobby Bowden has many former players credit him with making them men.

WiiTodd
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WiiTodd 12/01/09 - 02:41 pm
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imdstuf - Your Gator envy is

imdstuf - Your Gator envy is entertaining. Thanks!

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Lp_J 12/01/09 - 02:58 pm
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great job bobby b

great job bobby b

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