Report: Bowden To Announce Retirement Tuesday

Mark Schlabach reports tonight for ESPN.com:

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(World’s oldest team mascots meet for the last time)

Legendary Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, who built one of college football’s greatest dynasties in 34 seasons with the Seminoles, plans to announce his retirement Tuesday morning, sources close to the situation told ESPN.com.

Sources told ESPN.com that offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher, who was named Bowden’s eventual successor near the end of the 2007 season, has agreed to contract terms to replace Bowden after this season. The school’s booster organization would have owed Fisher $5 million if he didn’t replace Bowden by January 2011.

After a meeting with Florida State President T.K. Wetherell earlier today, Bowden was really given no choice to retire.

He was given two options by the school president, retire or basically serve as the team mascot next season. Bowden would retain title of head coach but not be involved in the day-to-day operations of the program. Uh, thanks for that Prez.

Needless to say, Bowden made the best choice under the circumstances. Though FSU’s program has fallen into disrepair, it is nice to see him go out with a least some of his self respect still intact.

Now that he’s essentially been forced out, how soon before those UAB rumors start to crop up again?

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