As a college football fan the recent news of Bobby Bowden retiring or being forced out, which ever way you want to look at it, is saddening. Bowden was/is a staple in college football and is more then likely to go down as a Top 5 or Top 10 coach in college football history.
I am not a Florida State fan in anyway shape or form in fact I hate FSU especially after they beat Boston College in 2007 at the Heights when they were ranked #2 in the country. But that is besides the point when it comes to Bobby Bowden. Also surprisingly I am currently reading a pretty good book on Bowden which is entitled Bowden: The Legacy and Life of Bobby Bowden.
I remember this past year when Florida State played Boston College and almost won the game I was talking to a few alumni and grad students and they were saying Bowden needed to go and for Jimbo Fisher to take over.
Bowden did wonders for Florida State and brought them to a new level. Lets look at somethings he has done.
He has a win/loss record of 315-97-4 over the past thirty four years being a head coach at Florida State. Including thirty two winning seasons with twenty three of them having more then nine wins and fourteen straight 10+ plus wins. Also with Bowden at the helm FSU has gone to thirty bowl games and has a bowl record of 20-9-1. Florida State has also won two National Championships under Bowden.
Plus there have been two Heisman Trophy winners under Bowden (CHarlie Ward, Chris Weinke)
And there have been controversies such as the recent one involving student athletes, including football players, cheating in class. But with all the controversy the good aspects out weigh them.
That's a pretty impressive record for Bowden at a school which only got a football program in 1947. For more stats and info on Bowden visit http://www.seminoles.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/bowden_bobby01.html
In all actuality I think this maybe the best choice Bowden made seeing that Jimbo Fisher has been the coach in waiting for god knows how long. I hope it didn't come down to Florida State forcing Bowden out but it sure seems that way with them putting 'options on the table'. I would rather see Bowden leave the game retiring instead of being fired because it would be odd to see him leave the game being fired.
So farewell Bobby and thanks for becoming a staple and a name that people can mention anywhere no matter where they are. Also supposedly FSU is looking to get a bowl game in Florida and the likely opponent...West Virginia where Bowden coached before heading to FSU.
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