I don't care if Bobby Bowden's Florida State Seminoles don't win another game this year. There is no excuse for how the University's Board of Trustees are treating him.
If you want Bowden to step down and consider retirement, fine, but don't go whining and criticizing the man that built your school into what it is, behind his back, to local newspapers. The way FSU supporters, alumni, and boards are handling this is nothing short of pathetic.
I lived in Tallahassee for two years and I have never seen so many fans whine about a coach who brought so much fame and popularity to an institution. Fans everywhere need to realize that college football is cyclical. Some decades you will dominate, others you will struggle. Ask USC of the 1990s, ask Florida, ask Notre Dame...it happens, it's part of life.
Does Bowden need to step down soon? Absolutely, no doubt about it.
However, Jimbo Fisher, say what you will, has more control of game-planning and play-calling than Bowden does now. What's FSU's record?
Who called the four straight pass plays on 1st-and-goal inside Boston College's 5 yard line that turned into zero points and a turnover on downs? Not Bobby, I'll guarantee you that much.
These ridiculous Board of Trustees members like Jim Smith are throwing Coach Bowden under a bus and letting him try to survive it on his own. Smith said to a local reporter at the Tallahassee Democrat on Sunday, "My hope is frankly that we'll go ahead, and if we have to, let the world know that this year will be the end of the Bowden era."
Really, Mr. Smith, really? So it is your hope that you whining to the media behind Bowden's back will get him to finally step down? He continued on, saying that FSU has been "more than patient" with Bowden. Then why not be patient one more day? Why not plan a meeting with the entire FSU staff and have something worked out behind closed doors?
None of you think Bowden has ever turned down another job? How about his early years when Bowden was up in West Virginia and received a random job opportunity at a school with no tradition or winning teams (FSU) and he took a chance and left his comfort zone to join the Tallahassee community?
Without Bowden, Florida State isn't Florida State. Without Bowden, there is no "Seminole nation." Without Bowden, the high standards would have never been set. He set the bar high, very high, and now everyone just wants to throw him out in the wind to get swept away? Heartless, pure and utter selfishness.
Again, I agree Bowden's time is up but the utter disrespect and coldness fans and FSU "supporters" are displaying is unforgivable.
Trustee Jim Smith wasn't done with his comments though, he also said this: "The president intends to announce we've negotiated a contract with coach Fisher".
Are you kidding me? Did you tell Bobby anything yet? My guess is no considering these comments were made on a Sunday morning and the 'Noles were up in Boston the night before.
Wait, there's more, on Monday Smith said this to the AP, ""I know coaches are sniping at each other and that's just terrible," Smith told the AP on Monday. "There are too many mixed signals."
Wow, this is laughable. Mixed signals huh? How about naming Jimbo Fisher the "coach in waiting" before he proved a damn thing? Is this a mixed signal? Who should freshmen really report to then, Bowden or Fisher? They're both "head coaches" with different wording right?
This is exactly what's wrong with the sports world, this is exactly what's wrong with our society. The new slogan for America and sports is "what have you done for me lately." Obviously, by Bowden's high standards, he hasn't done that much. However, to completely go behind someone's back, let alone a legend, is unforgivable and appalling. Bobby has earned respect and should be given it, dadgummit.
Even Bowden's Wife Anne who is typically quiet, is outraged by the treatment of her husband:
"I'm angry at some of our boosters that Bobby has worked for and supported, raised money for. And he's been such a top quality person, such great character and everything for this university. And for them to turn their back on him like that -- I don't care if he is 80 years old..."