TALLAHASSEE, FL (WALB) - After 34 years as head coach at Florida State Bobby Bowden is retiring. Bowden made the announcement official in a statement released Tuesday afternoon following a meeting with his players. The second winningest coach in the history of major college football was met with two options on Monday; one being retirement, the other returning as an ambassador to the program.
Bowden's heir apparent and current FSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher will take over the team in 2010. The Nole's had a lackluster season this year finishing 6 and 6 overall, but remain bowl eligible.
Bowden, who is 80-years-old, will make his final appearance as head coach of the Seminoles in their upcoming bowl game, which he hopes will played in the state of Florida. It would certainly be a fitting end for the coach who guided FSU to 27 straight bowl appearances and a pair of National Championships.