Bobby Bowden says he was pushed out: He wasn’t ready to quit coaching at Florida State

NEW YORK — Bobby Bowden did not want to retire.

“Fired might be a little too strong,” the former Florida State coach said Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press. “Pushed out ain’t bad. I was pushed out, no doubt about it. I didn’t want but one more year. Gosh, I’m 80.”

Bowden retired — at least technically — after Florida State went 7-6 last season, the third time in the last five seasons the Seminoles barely broke .500.

The coach doesn’t act bitter, but he wants to make sure the record is straight.

“I didn’t want them to spread the story that I voluntarily, happily resigned,” said Bowden, who was in New York to begin a promotional tour for his new book, “Called to Coach.”

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  1. You know sometimes it is just best to keep your mouth shut but I guess not if you are trying to get book sales. I think anyonce could tell if you attended an FSU game in the last few years that Bowden has not actively coached in YEARS! Yeah he was on the sidelines mainly talking to the State Troopers or whomever was not in the game that would listen to his stories. Sure he did the interviews and probably went on some recruiting trips for the big names but the man has not really, actively coached a game in years. He surrounded himself with very talented assistants who called all the plays and maintained the playing rotations. It was time for him to go.

  2. hmmmm well Bobby, if you get the itch again, there may be job opening in Chapel Hill soon. Glad the kids are grown cuz no Nannys will be allowed

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