Report: Bobby Bowden To Retire from Florida State

Bryan KellySenior Analyst IDecember 1, 2009

Word is in on the Bobby Bowden situation: Bowden has chosen to retire from the Florida State Seminoles on Tuesday .

The Tallahassee Democrat reported today that Bowden was given two options by Florida State president T.K. Wetherell and the FSU athletic department: return to the team in a limited managerial capacity, or retire.

Bowden chose the latter. He will announce his decision tomorrow.

Offensive coordinator and coach-in-waiting Jimbo Fisher will take over for Bowden, but Bowden will coach the Seminoles in their bowl game. Fisher will also decide who will replace Mickey Andrews, Bowden's longtime companion and defensive coordinator who announced in October that he will be retiring at season's end.

Bowden's decision comes at the end of a dreadful 2009 campaign during which the Seminoles were facing the prospect of a losing record and an end to their 28-year bowl streak, the longest active streak in the nation.

FSU bounced back to beat North Carolina and Boston College, but an uncompetitive loss to Florida—the Seminoles' third straight—represented the decline and fall of the Seminoles in the latter 2000's, a period during which they never threatened for a national title and went 0-4 in BCS games.

Bowden will retire with the second most wins by a college coach in division I-A history, behind Penn State's Joe Paterno. Bowden is also petitioning the NCAA to get several wins reinstated after players were found to have cheated on an online test.

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