We all knew this day was comingm but it still was shocking to hear the 80-year-old say it’s over. Florida State University’s head football coach Bobby Bowden officially announced his retirement on Tuesday afternoon.
Bowden began his career with FSU back in 1976. He went 5-6 in his first season and hadn’t had a losing season since.
In fact, Bowden posted a record of 315-97-4 at FSU in 34 seasons and has 388 wins overall when combined with his totals from Samford and West Virginia.
FSU officials obviously helped nudge the veteran into retirement by naming Jimbo Fisher the coach-in-waiting back in 2007.
Sentiment would suggest differently, but the numbers support that Bobby’s time as the commander of the FSU football program had run its course. A school that once dominated the ACC and college football in the latter part of the 20th century has become the poster child for mediocrity.
Nevertheless, I’ll miss the old ball coach’s post game interviews as he was gracious in victory and defeat, his constant joviality and his sincere care for the players that went through his program.
Though he’s announced his retirement, Bowden will certainly have one more chance to coach his team this season. At 6-6, the Seminoles are bowl eligible and only an idiot would leave FSU off of the bowl schedule.