Make us your home page

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

(View our Privacy Policy)

State football notebook

Florida state college football notebook

TAMPA — Florida State coach Bobby Bowden is routinely asked at this time of the year about his eventual retirement. He had nothing new to say about it Friday except that it's near.

"It's getting close. It's getting close," he said as the Florida Sports Writers Association College Football Media Days wrapped up.

For the first time in his FSU career, which began in 1976, Bowden, 78, is working under a one-year contract that he has the option to renew for another year at season's end.

Also, offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher has been anointed as his heir; if Fisher is not offered the job by Jan. 10, 2011, he receives $2.5-million.

Bowden, as usual, insists he's not interested in retiring and has some goals left to reach.

"I'd like to win a national championship again. I'd like to win so many games before I leave," he said, perhaps a coy reference to one more than Penn State's Joe Paterno, 81, to retain the all-time lead in Division I-A history. "That may or may not happen. All I know is as of right now, I'm not interested in retiring. But I do know my days are numbered. There ain't a one of you that can guess what those (number of) days are."

Bowden also said that when he does get out of the game, he would prefer to get out of Tallahassee.

"I don't want to sit around there and have me (being asked to) second-guess that poor coach or people comparing me with him or anything like that," he said. "I've always said, when I retire, I'll leave town. That's what I want to do."

So look for the Bowdens to be in Panama City or Destin, or back in Birmingham, Ala.

Succession plan popular: Bowden is a fan of the succession plan brokered by his president, T.K. Wetherell, and said it may be "unique" now but not for long.

"You're going to see more of it," he said. "I can tell by the response we've gotten from other schools."

He said four or five other schools have called FSU officials to ask about it. Hmm. Might Penn State be one? Bowden's not saying.

"I'm inclined to, but I won't," he said, laughing.

'NOLES-BULLS? Chances are Bowden won't be coaching at Florida State if it ever happens, but he said that the struggling economy could lead to FSU playing more nonconference games closer to home and USF could be a possibility.

"I think eventually that could happen," Bowden said. "Yes, (gas prices) could change that. Whether it will, I don't know, but it could, sure could. ... You usually try to find somebody that you've got a chance to win (against), instead of getting your nose bloodied."

FSU is the lone state program that hasn't scheduled USF. The Bulls have Miami lined up for home-and-home series through 2013 and Florida hosting them in 2010 and 2015.

Local connection: Edward Waters coach Kevin Clark said that quarterback Kamau Leitner, a senior from Jefferson High, is the NAIA team's "bread and butter" and the key to its success. "He has great leadership ability, great poise on the field," Clark said. "His weakness is he needs to be a lot stronger. He's not a weight-room kid. But this year we've got him in the weight room."

Florida state college football notebook 07/18/08 [Last modified: Friday, July 18, 2008 11:19pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays journal: Black Snell continues roll with another win (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was still a game in the fifth inning when LHP Blake Snell walked the leadoff batter, then allowed a single. One swing by Cubs LF Ian Happ (22 home runs) could put a dent in the Rays' three-run lead.

    Blake Snell allows just two hits in going seven scoreless innings.
  2. Remember him? Numbers prove Ben Zobrist is one of greatest Rays of all time

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The first foray back to the Trop by the best manager the Rays have had obscured the second return visit by arguably the second-best player in franchise history.


    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) takes the field to start the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.
  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Cubs game

    The Heater

    One success story of this lost season is the emergence of LHP Blake Snell as the frontline starter the Rays projected. After a rough start and two demotions, he has been rolling, Wednesday's solid seven innings making him 4-0, 2.57 in his past eight starts.

  4. Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Camden Yards, Baltimore

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Orioles

    7:05, Camden Yards, Baltimore

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM; 680-AM (Spanish)

    Probable pitchers

    This is a 2017 photo of Matt Andriese of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team. This image reflects the 2017 active roster as of Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  5. Bucs journal: Bucs still high on Vikings RB Dalvin Cook


    TAMPA — Coach Dirk Koetter spent a lot of time before this year's draft evaluating RB Dalvin Cook. At one time, the Florida State star and former teammate of QB Jameis Winston was considered the player the Bucs most likely would draft 19th overall.

    Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook (33), a standout at Florida State, is third in the league in rushing after two games and fourth in average yards per game.