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Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden has exit timetable, but he isn't sharing

TALLAHASSEE — Coach Bobby Bowden admitted for the first time publicly Sunday morning that he has an idea when he will announce his retirement.

And no, he's not sharing that. And no, it's not imminent.

"I have no desire to just hang it up right now," he said, "but I do mentally have a time in mind."

You see, Bowden, 79, has goals he still wants to achieve, including reaching 400 wins — he's at 381 — and regaining from Penn State's Joe Paterno the all-time lead in major-college football victories — he's two behind. And, of course, he hopes to rebuild the Seminoles into a national championship contender again.

"We've gotten better, but that super level, we showed we're not even close to that yet," he said, referring to Saturday's 45-15 loss to No. 2 Florida. "One of these days it will. While I'm here, I hope. But it will happen whether I'm here or not. Florida State's too good … not to get it back."

Beginning with this season, Bowden is working under a one-year contract that he can renew. He said he has yet to talk to FSU president T.K. Wetherell and hasn't thought about it.

In conjunction with the deal he signed in December is the one that offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher got that anointed him as Bowden's heir; FSU would have three years to offer him the head coach job or pay him $2.5-million. "There's certain things you like to (accomplish), but you get to my age you just have to get up every morning and feel good, and I do feel good, thank goodness," Bowden said. "I plan to (be back)."

Injury update: CB Patrick Robinson, who injured his right knee early in Saturday's game and didn't return, said Sunday that the "good news is they don't think I tore any ligaments." He is scheduled for an MRI exam today. If that confirms there are no tears, he should be ready for a bowl game. As for further into the future, the junior from Miami said he has decided to return to school next season.

Last chance? Redshirt freshman WR Bert Reed, suspended for a game on three separate occasions (missing class, an undisclosed violation of a team rule, and for being involved in a brawl with fraternity members for which he faces a misdemeanor battery charge), apparently is down to his final strike. "He's getting down toward the end where you just can't forgive him anymore," Bowden said. "You'd love to. You hate to throw those kids back out on the street. … I'll be very disappointed if Bert doesn't walk a straight line now."

Brian Landman can be reached at or (813) 226-3347.

Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden has exit timetable, but he isn't sharing

11/30/08 [Last modified: Sunday, November 30, 2008 8:52pm]
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