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Blog Focus: Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden Retires

Author: Patrick Hayes
Published: December 02, 2009 at 9:11 am

Bobby BowdenBobby Bowden, one of college football's longest tenured coaches, retired as coach of Florida State this week. The Seminoles have not had much success under Bowden in recent years, but during the late 1980s and 1990s, they were a college football powerhouse.

Bowden was always an entertaining and fairly well-respected coach (except by Steve Spurrier, who referred to FSU as "Free Shoes U" after a scandal). The blogosphere gets all reflective on his career:

Every Day Should Be Saturday: "Timing is everything. If he had left years ago, this would be less than a formality or a hostage situation fought with contracts, timed clauses, and the swipes of legal pens. It would have been a man leaving on his own terms. That is timing. It turns lazy drives into fiery car wrecks and chance encounters into families. Respect it, or even fear it, but do not ignore it out of some inflated assumption of your own importance. The sun’s coming up tomorrow with or without you, and doesn’t care whether it meets your smiling face or bleached, dead bones. Both will do just fine for the sun."

Tomahawk Nation: "For Florida State's part, they clearly made the right move.  They have a duty to provide their players a competent and capable head coach.  But how they went about handling the announcement was brutal.  Florida State Athletic Director Randy Spetman ran away from reporters and refused to answer any questions regarding the biggest announcement in Florida State history.  Instead of owning up to their decision, Spetman and FSU President T.K. Wetherell paraded current players to deal with the media.  For their part, Florida State captains Christian Ponder and Dekoda Watson handled the questions well, considering the circumstances."

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