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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Bobby Bowden says he wanted to coach

another year at Florida State, however "that was out" as an

option.

Bowden told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he wanted to

coach next season. A day after meeting with university officials,

Bowden announced Dec. 1 that he would retire following the

Seminoles' bowl game.

The 80-year-old Bowden says he's getting over the

"disappointment" of leaving Florida State a year earlier than he

had planned.

He's been cleaning out his memorabilia-filled office in addition

to trying to get the Seminoles ready for their New Years' Day date

against West Virginia in the Gator Bowl.

Bowden, who has coached since leaving college 56 years ago, says

he's preparing to move on with other challenges.