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Florida State Seminoles sign Bobby Bowden to coach football through 2009 season

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden has signed a new one-year deal that will run through Jan. 4, 2010, and pay him about $2.4 million, including a $200,000 signing bonus. It's the same terms as the deal he signed in December 2007.

"I am glad to get it signed, up for another year like I said I would do after each year," he said in a statement.

"I appreciate the university's support. We are busy recruiting and looking forward to next season."

Bowden, 79, who will be entering his 34th season at FSU this year, signed a one-year deal in 2007 with the understanding that it would be up to him whether to renew it for another year, a clear sign that his tenure was nearing an end. He told FSU officials this month that he would be back next season.

Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher signed a three-year deal in 2007 that designated him as Bowden's heir. It states he must be offered the head coaching job by January 2011 or the school must pay him $5 million.

Fleet Georgia LB commits to Bulls

TAMPA — Linebacker Devekeyan "DeDe" Lattimore of Athens, Ga., committed to USF, his high school coach said.

"Ever since he made his official visit down there, he's loved them," said Xarvia Smith, coach at Cedar Shoals High.

"He's the most explosive kid I've ever been around, and he wants to be great."

Lattimore (6 feet 2, 225 pounds) can run the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, Smith said, and chose the Bulls over offers from Michigan, Kentucky and Oklahoma State.

GEORGIA: Tailback Richard Samuel, a leading candidate to take over for starter Knowshon Moreno, will miss spring practice after having surgery on his left wrist. Samuel is expected to recover in time for the 2009 season.

BROADCASTING: The Mid-American Conference signed an eight-year deal with ESPN calling for at least 25 events annually, both basketball and football, to be produced and aired on the network's outlets.

SOCCER: USF men's assistant Ryan Anatol was named by College Soccer News as one of the top 12 assistant coaches during the 2008 season.

Times staff writer Greg Auman and information from Times wires contributed to this report.

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