Bobby Bowden Contemplates Retirement

Posted Nov 28, 2009 by Michael Bearak
Early reports out of the state of Florida is that legendary head coach, Bobby Bowden may be retiring at the end of this season.
Bobby Bowden's Florida State Seminoles had just been destroyed by rival Florida for the second season in a row and people were asking right off the bat whether or not he would be back on the FSU sidelines next year. Now Mark Schlabach of ESPN is reporting that on Monday FSU officials, Bowden and "Coach-in-Waiting" Jumbo Fisher will all sit down on Monday. An announcement could come as early as Monday afternoon or Tuesday of next week.
FSU finished 6-6 and is bowl eligible. Just the same it is the third time in the past four seasons that the Seminoles have lost six games and now Bowden is pondering his personal future.
Jumbo Fisher was named the "Coach-in-Waiting" prior to the start of the 2008 season and is scheduled to become Florida State's head coach by January of 2011. That could come sooner if Bowden decides to retire prior to next season. If Fisher is not their head coach by January 2011 the FSU Booster Organization would owe him $5 million.
Bowden only trails Penn State's Joe Paterno for the most all-time Div 1-FBS wins 393-388. He also has two less bowl wins than Paterno too. Just a few years ago it seemed like Bowden would catch Paterno, but now 5 wins and Fisher waiting in the wings it seems highly unlikely. Also with the announced retirement of long time friend, Defensive Coordinator Mickey Andrews it is just one more reason for Bowden to quietly walk off into the sunset.
After their 37-10 dismantling at the hands of Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators Bowden didn't sound like a man who would be walking the sidelines in Tallahassee next season. Bowden was quoted as saying, "I want to coach next year, but let me say I need to go home and do some soul searching.