Angered over a 2-3 start to the season, Florida State trustees have been trying to get Bobby Bowden to step down after the season and let Jimbo Fisher take over the program. Bowden famously said that there’s only one big event after retirement and he’s not looking forward to it. The trustees meanwhile are angling to push Bobby to the grave and stick the nail in the coffin because they feel the program has been declining. Even if the program isn’t where everyone wants it to be, many of Bobby’s former players have come to his defense. Check out what Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett said:
How are yall gonna try to fire BOWDEN WTF! All that he has done for that program it wouldn’t be a FSU with out bowden
If they fire bowden, yall should see the next time somebody ask me what college I went to I’m gonna say PAINT BRANC HIGH SCHOOL university
If they fire bowden I will make sure no FSU alumni go back to visit EVER, no donations- NOTHIING- disloyal ass chairman I’m pissed now
He also added that Penn State never did the same thing with Joe Paterno and that a lot of this is up to the players, not the coaches. Even with some 7-6 seasons the past few years, the problem to me is that FSU hasn’t had a good quarterback develop for a while. Consider they had about four years with Chris Rix who never really panned out, and then they had mistakes like Adrian McPherson, Wyatt Sexton, and Xavier Lee after that. And even with Penn State riding high the past few years, remember that they had four losing seasons in five years between ’00 and ’05 including a 3-9 and 4-7 season. Florida State might not be where everyone wants it to be, but they haven’t missed a bowl game in forever and they’re a few players away from being back full-force.
Deion Sanders also had some powerful words, suggesting that the trustees and Florida State wouldn’t be anything without Bobby Bowden and that they shouldn’t bury him while he’s alive. I agree. I feel for Bobby because it’s clear the guy doesn’t want to stop doing what he’s doing. It’s not as if he runs everything there so why take him out to the pasture to shoot him when he still wants to be active? Are they going to be that much better without him around? I doubt it.