We will keep this thread updated as new news and information comes down regarding Bobby Bowden's future at Florida State and the search for a new defensive coordinator
Tuesday, 2:45 p.m. update
Florida State University Head Football Coach Bobby Bowden announced Tuesday that the Seminoles' upcoming bowl game will be his last game. Bowden, who will complete his 34th season as coach at Florida State, will coach the Seminoles in the bowl game and finish his career as one of the winningest coaches in the history of major college football.
Unidentified sources within the team meeting have confirmed that Bowden intends to retire.Tuesday, 1:50 p.m. update
We have additional confirmation that Bowden will be retiring from someone inside the university. Also, Bowden will be staying on in some capacity with the university beyond this season (not as a football coach).
Tuesday, 1:15 p.m. update
Jim Gladden, former assistant coach here and one of Bowden's closest friends, has arrived here at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Tuesday, 12:45 p.m. update
Sources inside the program confirmed that Bowden will coach in the bowl game. As of yesterday that was not the case, but Bowden has agreed to do so.
Florida State is also trying to wrap up the Gator Bowl as soon as possible.Tuesday, 12:05 p.m. update
Many media members were waiting to try to speak to Bowden as he pulled up to the stadium, but instead of parking in his normal parking spot, Bowden pulled his car into the stadium and went up into his office bypassing everyone.Tuesday, 10:15 a.m. update
We have been told that Bobby Bowden is still meeting with T.K. Wetherell at his home right now. We were also told by an FSU representative that the press release will be pushed back until Bowden gets a chance to address the players, which will take place at 2:15 p.m. today. The release will likely be sent out right around that time.
Tuesday, 9:35 a.m. update
We hear something should be released around 10am. As we noted before, it doesn't look like there will be any kind of a press conference.
Also, Lee Gordon spoke to Gator Bowl president Rick Catlett this morning and he confirmed that they will take FSU for the 1/1 bowl game should Bowden announce his retirement. The opponent would be West Virginia.
11:15 p.m. update
As we reported a few weeks ago, Jimbo Fisher's head coaching contract is pretty much ready to go. There were a couple loose ends that had to be resolved but it sounds like they have been ironed out. At the time, it was felt it wouldn't go into effect until after the 2010 season but if Bowden steps down as expected, it will become effective here in a few weeks.
One of the terms under dispute was the term. FSU wanted four years but Fisher and his agent (Jimmy Sexton) wanted five years, which is pretty standard for new head coaches. It sounds like Fisher/Sexton will get their way - we hear the deal will likely be for five years and somewhere between 1.2 and 1.5 million per year.
Just speculation on my part, but I suspect FSU will wait a day or two after the Bowden news gets out to officially announce Fisher as the new head coach with the details of the contract.
By the way, I have to make a clarification in an earlier entry. Yes, there is a team meeting at 2:15 on Tuesday but was told but an FSU official that is isn't out of the ordinary. Even though it is an off week for the players it is a normal scheduled team meeting.
6:30 p.m. update
Just to clarify the last entry - yes, we expect Bobby Bowden to announce his retirement/resignation on Tuesday.
Based on what we are hearing from multiple sources Bobby Bowden is probably done as FSU's head coach. But I've been warned by those close to the situation that is where things stand now. There is a morning meeting between Bowden, Wetherell and Spetman where it is expected that Bowden will make a pitch to return as head coach for one more year. Right now, that apparently isn't in the works, at least not in a way that is acceptable to Bowden.
This is expected to be announced tomorrow. And whether it's tomorrow, Tuesday or Wednesday, if it plays out how we expect, Jimbo Fisher will be officially named the head coach sometime this week.
At this stage, there is no press conference scheduled. In fact, we hear that as of now the only plan is for FSU to issue a press release. Hopefully that will change. Hard to believe one of college football's top all-time coaches would go out with a simple press release.
A team meeting has been scheduled for 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday. This is an off week so this is a special meeting of the team. That's another sign that something major is coming down.
2:30 p.m. update
I'm hearing it's more and more unlikely that Bobby Bowden will be coaching at FSU in 2010. Apparently, he's not willing to accept whatever conditions that have to be present for him to return, whether that's as a coach or as an ambassador for the university.
That being said, I've been told that Bowden isn't giving up and will make another pitch to come back as FSU's head coach in tomorrow's meeting with T.K. Wetherell and Randy Spetman.
If he does decide to step down I've been told there will be a severance package in place that is greater than the $1 million amount he would be awarded under his current contract. I've heard upwards of $2.5 million but that's subject to change. Part of that severance agreement would prevent Bobby and Ann Bowden from making negative comments about the football program or the university.
Monday 1:10 p.m.
Following the luncheon Bobby Bowden spoke briefly with the media. He was asked about tomorrow's announcement and whose decision it is. His response was "Well, I'll make the decision." He was then asked if the ball is still in his court and his response was again, "Well, I'll make the decision."
Monday 1:00 p.m.
At the conclusion of today's luncheon, the media asked Director of Athletics Randy Spetman for comment. He declined comment and hastily made his way away from the media.
Monday 12:30 p.m.
At today's luncheon, Bobby Bowden confirmed that he had a meeting with T.K. Wetherell and Randy Spetman this morning to discuss his future. He added that they will meet again tomorrow and that an announcement in regards to his future will also come tomorrow.
Quote: "I met with president Wetherell this morning. He Randy (Spetman) and I talked for about an hour about my future here at Florida State. So tomorrow we are going to meet again and have an announcement as to whether or not I'm staying at Florida State or continue another year. Maybe that will be the end of that. That's all I'm going to comment on that."
Monday at 10:40 a.m.
The meeting between Bobby Bowden, FSU president T.K. Wetherell and director of athletics Randy Spetman wrapped up a short time ago. We are still trying to gather details from the meeting but we hear something should be released (or a press conference scheduled) within the next 24 hours. In fact, I’ve been told that Bowden has been encouraged to say something during his luncheon which takes place in a little over an hour. That doesn’t mean he will say something about his future, but it’s a possibility. Warchant.com will be on hand at the luncheon and will provide a live blog to subscribers.
As to what went down, we’ve been told Bowden has been given a choice to step down or return as head coach in basically name only. Jimbo Fisher would make almost all of the major decisions. Whether he’s willing to accept a reduced role remains to be seen.
I’m sure we will have more soon.
Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
There has been speculation as to why the Bobby Bowden Show did not run in its first time slot today (Sunday, Nov. 29). Jim Garbarino from Seminole Productions confirmed that the show was completed and delivered to WFSU-TV at 1 a.m. Garbarino has tried unsuccessfully as of 3:15 p.m. today to confirm why the show did not run and at this time is attributing the problem to “unknown technical difficulties” which could stem from a variety of reasons, including satellite uplink, satellite downlink or a production issue with Sun Sports. Garbarino also clarified that Bowden made no comment regarding his coaching future when the program was recorded on the field following Saturday’s game.
Furthermore, he said there’s a possibility that the show could air in its second time slot later this evening.
Sunday at 4:15 p.m.
A few quotes from today's teleconference with Bobby Bowden:
"Right now, I would like to come back. I will probably talk with TK sometime this week."
"I haven't talked to TK in several months about that (his future). It's something that we were going going to talk about at the end of the season."
Whether he would come back as an ambassador: "I would only want to come back as the head coach."
"The only thing I can say is sitting here right now, and it could change, but I would like to come back. But I have bosses that have to approve that. Do I have that forever? I would say no."
"I keep saying I want to right the program but our record, but we might be playing better. Yesterday was our worst game...
Would he step down if the future for the team didn't look bright? "The answer to that is yes. If it (future) didn't look bright I would probably step out now."
Said he expects his situation to be wrapped up within a week.
Sunday at 12:15 p.m.
As most of you know, after the Florida game in the post-game press conference Bobby Bowden said he wants to coach next year but also will to go home and do some "soul searching". Not really sure what to take from that comment but it sounds like the idea of stepping down is at least crossing his mind.
There was an informal meeting with FSU President T.K. Wetherell, some heavy hitter boosters and a few trustees yesterday where Bowden's future was discussed. One proposal brought forward was to present Bowden with the option of returning next year as an "ambassador" to the program, not at the head coach. Apparently he would be paid pretty similarly to what he is paid now. While this proposal is out there, it's only a proposal and there still isn't a clear plan if Bowden insists on returning for one more year as the head football coach. I'm not sure if anybody, not even Wetherell, knows how this will play out if Bowden digs in. As such, for now it is still possible that he could be back in 2010 as the head coach but probably in a situation where Jimbo Fisher has much more power to make major decisions.
We've heard from a couple sources that a meeting is scheduled to take place sometime on Monday involving Bowden and Wetherell. That meeting will likely determine how all of this is going to play out. And the timing makes sense since we've heard for a weeks a lot of scuttlebutt about a Tuesday press conference.
As for the defensive coordinator search, the most likely scenario we hear now is that he will be named within the next couple weeks but wouldn't take over until after the bowl games. We continue to hear that whoever is selected will likely implement a 3-4 defensive scheme.
* Bobby Bowden's weekly teleconference with the media is scheduled for 4pm. If he says something about his future or the defensive coordinator search we will let you know.
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11/29 12:21 PM | IP: Logged
Why am I not shocked that there is apparently no Plan B?
Posted on 11/29 12:25 PM | IP: Logged
Dot is there anyway we can get your educated guess on who the next DC will be?
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Originally posted by longballpaul: Dot is there anyway we can get your educated guess on who the next DC will be?
Or, if you can't say, just tell us that you've been told not to say.
Posted on 11/29 12:30 PM | IP: Logged
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first and last initials would work too.
Posted on 11/29 12:35 PM | IP: Logged
Originally posted by b4fsu: Why am I not shocked that there is apparently no Plan B?
The fact that we don't know about it does not mean there isn't one. Not everything that's in the works is released for obvious reasons such as protecting the person's job in the event he is not hired by FSU, etc. Just have a little patience for a little while longer.
Posted on 11/29 12:35 PM | IP: Logged
I would just like to know if what you're hearing would make the general population happy, indifferent or angry!
Posted on 11/29 12:36 PM | IP: Logged
Can someone help me to understand what difference it makes if Bobby "digs in" about coaching next season? I don't get where he has this much say without a contract in place beyond the 2009-2010 season.
Or are we talking about FSU having to consider an informal arrangement made years ago re: Bobby deciding when he leaves?
Posted on 11/29 12:36 PM | IP: Logged
One thing that never seems to be off the table is the $2.6M salary. Whether the update is Bobby may be asked to go, Bobby may have less power, and now Bobby may be an Ambassador, the $ never changes.
I don't understand how FSU justifies cutting major programs and $900K of student merit scholarships but can't justify paying Bobby less for doing less.
Posted on 11/29 12:43 PM | IP: Logged
Originally posted by fishbrain:
Fitting, fish, but I hope that this situation actually "blows up" (in a good way) as opposed to what happened in the movie.
Posted on 11/29 12:44 PM | IP: Logged
What Fantasy World is Bobby and FSU Administration living in where the employee gets to decide how long he stays after 8 years of sub par performance? People in positions like TK's get there by making tough and sometimes unpopular decisions. Telling Bobby his contract is not going to be renewed is that tough decision that needs to be made for the Program. I personally would like to see the Boosters say, "TK, if you want him back, you pay him your half of his salary, but we are not paying him our half." Let's see if Bobby wants to stay for only $1.25M instead of $2.5M.
Posted on 11/29 12:45 PM | IP: Logged
Well Im not get to excited over this update. We have seen good looking updates before that pan out to nothing. Ill wait and see.
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I wish some of the new staff could get started with the team during bowl game prep.
Why wait for the spring to start getting the players into their new program?
WOW!!! the next few weeks leading up to the Holidays are going to be very interesing.
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Originally posted by Dot Com: We continue to hear that whoever is selected will likely implement a 3-4 defensive scheme.
DOT any insight on the 1-2 leaders as of today, if you are hearing a 3-4 defense there HAS to be names attached
Posted on 11/29 12:56 PM | IP: Logged
Here we go is appropriate. Did anyone think we would hear what we did hours after the uf game? I didn't think we would hear anything for a couple of weeks.
To hear that a DC will be named after the bowl season tells me that IMHO its the not East Carolina coach, but probably the Bama LB coach.
And I think Bobby will "coach" or walk the sideline, one last time next year with Jimbo in full control of hiring/firing and running the show.
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Posted on 11/29 12:57 PM | IP: Logged
Sounds like a whole lot of nothing new
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Originally posted by Seminole Dynasty Mike: Here we go is appropriate. Did anyone think we would hear what we did hours after the uf game? I didn't think we would anything for a couple of weeks.
To here that a DC will be named after the bowl season tells me that IMHO its the the East Carolina coach, but probably the Bama DL coach.
And I think Bobby will "caoch" or walk the sideline, one last time next year with Jombo in full control of hiring/firing and running the show.
Except I don't think Hudson runs a 3-4? And if you mean Sunseri, he's the inside LB coach, not DL. I hope your gut is wrong about Bobby too, it would just be a huge burden, financially and stability-wise.
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Originally posted by fishbrain:
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I hope that Coach Bowden does have the opportunity to coach for at least one more season and can go out in style, not with all this bull crap from this season. He deserves another shot at it, JMO.