Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Ann Bowden says Bobby Bowden is set on returning as Florida State Seminoles coach

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden has strongly implied he's hoping to have his one-year contract renewed for one final season in 2010, but it's unclear how much university support there is for that. While he has been diplomatic in his comments, his wife, Ann, is just the opposite.

"You know, we don't need the university as much as they need us — as much as they need him and his connections and reputation and everything," she told USA Today.

Bowden, 80, has been working on a series of one-year contracts, and it has been up to Bowden whether he would return. He has said he hopes that remains the case, but some, including prominent board of trustees chairman Jim Smith, have been pressuring for the end of the Bowden era.

"If they want to pull that trick, we'll just shake the dirt off our feet and go to Europe or go on a long cruise or something," Ann said. "They'll have to fire him for him not to go another year. … If they've got guts enough, let them do it."

She also said she told quarterback Christian Ponder, facing surgery for a right-shoulder injury, that Bobby Bowden wanted to be the coach for his final collegiate season.

Ann Bowden says Bobby Bowden is set on returning as Florida State Seminoles coach 11/18/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 11:24pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Armwood vs. Tampa Bay Tech teeming with Division I-A talent

    Footballpreps

    Armwood High School strong safety Caleb Sutherland (18) breaks a tackle to score a pick-six during the Spring Football Jamboree in Seffner, Fla. on Thursday, May 18, 2017.
  2. Bucs bring back long snapper Andrew DePaola to compete

    Bucs

    Just 12 days before the NFL makes its final cuts, the Bucs have added another position battle, signing back long snapper Andrew DePaola to compete with veteran Garrison Sanborn.

    Andrew DePaola is making an impressive recovery from the torn ACL he suffered in last year's season finale against Carolina in January.  [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  3. My AP preseason All-America ballot

    Blogs

    Now that the AP's preseason All-America team has been released, I'll share what I submitted.

  4. 'Hard Knocks' star Bullough facing numbers game

    Bucs

    Bucs undrafted rookie linebacker Riley Bullough is perhaps the surprise star of HBO's "Hard Knocks" and has been productive in two preseason games, but Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said Tuesday that he's caught in a numbers game competing for a backup spot on the Tampa Bay roster.

    Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said Riley Bullough is caught in a numbers game competing for a backup spot on the Tampa Bay roster. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  5. Two FSU Seminoles, two Florida Gators honored as AP preseason All-Americans

    Blogs

    Florida State safety Derwin James and cornerback Tarvarus McFadden were both named AP first-team, preseason All-Americans on Tuesday.